On July 13, 2021, sometime around 1 p.m., the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who was driving south on FM 905 near the Marvin Community and drove up on a single-vehicle rollover accident with two male subjects at the vehicle crash. The citizen offered to call for help and the two male subjects started running into the woods, westbound off FM 905. Sheriff’s Deputies arriving on the scene found the vehicle to be stolen out of Paris in the early morning hours of July 13, 2021.
A perimeter was set and a search began for the suspects. Both suspects were apprehended a short time later in a wooded area near Lamar County roads 12200 and 12530.
The suspects arrested were identified as 35-year-old Jesse Doyle Smith and 25-year-old Christopher Michael Moxley. Both were medically checked and transported to the Lamar County Jail where they were charged with Theft of Property $2500-$30K and Evading Arrest or Detention. Both are currently awaiting arraignment.
“I commend the quick response from all the responding agencies to help apprehend these two suspects. A combined effort was quickly put in place with perimeters set, a dog team on the ground and technology utilized to put these criminals behind bars and out of our communities. “Also, I appreciate our citizen involvement for calling in on these 2 individuals and the CERT team for supplying water for the Officers and first responders,” said Sheriff Scott Cass.
Lamar County Sheriff’s Deputies were quickly assisted in the search by Paris Police Department, Northeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force, Texas State Game Warden, Texas Department of Public Safety, Aerial drones from the Paris Fire Department, Lamar County Emergency Management, Reno Police Department, and a TDCJ dog team from the Buster Cole Unit.