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November 8, 2012

Arrested robbery suspect has history of fleeing authorities

JACKSONVILLE —  For someone who had just led authorities on a chase that lasted literally hours,  suspected convenience store bandit Kendall Deshun Lucas was remarkably docile when found and taken into custody early Thursday, police said.

Reports from a previous conviction against Lucas, however, indicate the suspect has a history of fleeing authorities and resisting arrest.

But not Thursday morning, according to police.

"He really didn't put up much of a struggle at all," Jacksonville Police Det. Greg Compton said. "We found him in the back corner of the house. We gave him commands and he obeyed every one. There was no struggle at all. No problem whatsoever."

Compton declined to say if Lucas was armed when he was arrested.

It was after authorities determined that Lucas was hiding in this apartment complex in southeast Jacksonville that Jacksonville Police Officers, Cherokee County Sheriff Deputies and agents from the Tyler F.B.I. Office surrounded the area shortly after midnight and proceeded with the arrest.

As of midday Thursday, Lucas remained in custody in Jacksonville jail. He will be arraigned Friday morning by a Jacksonville municipal judge. Lucas was being held on no bond in connection with an absconding from parole charge. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of hindering a secured creditor.

"Right now we are finishing the paperwork to charge him with the robberies," Compton said. "A judge can't impose bond on him because of the 'no bond' stipulation of the parole warrant. He has to remain in jail on that until he resolves that with his parole officer."

Authorities believe Lucas committed masked, armed robberies of CJ's Quick Stop, 613 E, Rusk on Oct. 14 and J&J Food on  Oct. 22 and Oct. 23.  During at least one of the October robberies, the perpetrator's image was caught on videotape, Jacksonville Police Det. James Oden said.

During all the crimes, Lucas allegedly was armed with a semiautomatic handgun and fled the scene of the crime on foot.

As of Thursday afternoon, police were still evaluating information about the robberies they had received from  the suspect, reports show.

Police had a near-miss with Lucas Tuesday night, when they caught up to him at a location in east Jacksonville. But the suspect managed to dodge apprehension, remaining at large for over 24 hours following  a  foot chase in the Loop 456 and Highway 79 area. During this chase, Lucas evaded  a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs in addition to authorities before disappearing into the woods.

Compton said authorities located Lucas because of the wealth of information that came in from the public. Lucas, who turned 26 while on the lam Thursday, was apparently at a friend's home when he was arrested.

"Numerous people called once we ran that information about the robbery in the newspapers and on TV," Compton said. "My phone ran off the hook for days."

Lucas has a history of running from authorities — as evidenced by his behavior when he was arrested on a June 2005 burglary of a habitation charge that landed him probation at age 19. He was sentenced to four years of probation for that  Jacksonville crime.

The chasing began when Lucas — who at the time had an outstanding warrant for the burglary of a habitation — was spotted that year driving his car down S. Jackson Street in Jacksonville.

A Jacksonville police sergeant recognized him, pulled in behind him and initiated his lights and siren. Lucas refused to stop.

After turning down several roads, Lucas stopped his car in front of 704 Tyler St., and fled on foot between the residences 702 and 704 Tyler St., police reports show. The sergeant exited his patrol car and chased Lucas on foot, but lost sight of him and returned to his car. 

The suspect's car was later located and impounded — sans Lucas.

Later,  four Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies arrested Lucas at the Trade Winds motel in Jacksonville, acting on an anonymous tip that the suspect was staying there.

The officers knocked on the door, but Lucas refused to open it.

Upon entering the room, authorities found both Lucas and a female friend hiding in the room’s bathroom. The sheriff's department report claims Lucas resisted arrest and had to have his feet restrained.

 In the bathroom, officers found crack cocaine, six Xanax tablets and three Seroquel pills, and neither of the suspects have prescriptions for the pills, reports show.

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