CHEROKEE COUNTY —
A Winnie man accused of stabbing a resident of the ShadyBrook subdivision near Lake Palestine was captured under a pile of blankets Friday morning following a 24-hour pursuit that involved a tracking dog from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
During the pursuit, Shawn Anthony Reep — whose driver's license indicates he will be 31 next month — abandoned his vehicle and ran away into the woods, reports show.
Reep is alleged to have stabbed victim Joseph Lee Johnson in the abdomen on Thursday. Immediately afterward, Reep received a severe head wound when a neighbor of Johnson's hit him with a “display sword,” the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department reported.
Johnson was taken by helicopter ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler where he underwent emergency surgery for his stab wound. As of Thursday night, the victim was said to be recovering in ICU and in stable condition.
The extent of Reep's injuries, meanwhile, remains unknown. Reep offered no resistance when he was captured in the ShadyBrook area around 10:30 a.m. He was found hiding under a pile of blankets on a bed in a small travel trailer in that area.
This case has parallels with that of suspected Jacksonville convenience store bandit Kendall Deshun Lucas.
Lucas dodged authorities, tracking dogs, and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter for a full 24 hours earlier this week before disappearing into the woods after a Loop 456 and Highway 79-area foot chase.
Jacksonville Police captured Lucas at an apartment early Thursday.
The Cherokee County stabbing took place before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, reports show. Reep and two friends ventured to a residence in the 600 block of Elizabeth Drive in the ShadyBrook subdivision near Lake Palestine, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Capt. John R Raffield said in a release.
The nature of Reep's dispute with Johnson was not immediately disclosed by authorities Friday.