2 arrested after stealing truck, police chase

CHEROKEE COUNTY - Rusk natives, Zachary Banks and Carlos Dominguez, were arrested after stealing a truck in Cherokee County and leading police on a chase from Flint to Tyler just before 3 a.m. September 20. 

Around midnight that night, police in Cherokee County received a call from someone on the 3000 block of County Road 2206 saying that their truck was stolen from his carport.

Inside the truck, there was a rifle, wallet and various other items. A compound bow that was outside of the home was also stolen.

About three hours later, a Cherokee County Patrol Deputy saw a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen vehicle in the Bullard area of Highway 69.

The Deputy and a Bullard Police Unit tried to stop the truck, which started a chase that led them on FM 2493 through Flint and Gresham to Loop 323 in Tyler. 

The chase ended by Sam's Club in Tyler where the truck crashed into the woods. Both occupants ran away from the scene.

Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff's Office helped the search by setting up a perimeter. A K9 Unit from the Bullard Police Department also tried to track the suspects, but were not successful.

Police say the suspects had used the victim's credit card to put gas in the truck at the Bullard Travel Center right before the Deputy first saw the vehicle. 

Investigators in Cherokee County got information that helped them identify the suspects and on September 22 and September 25, arrest warrants were issued for Banks and Dominguez, respectively. 

On September 22 Banks was arrested for State Jail Felony, Theft and booked into the Cherokee County Jail. His bond was set at $8,000.

Four days later, Dominguez was arrested for State Jail Felony, Theft and Evading Arrest with a vehicle, Felony 3, and booked into the Cherokee County Jail. His bonds are set at $8,000 and $30,000.

Both individuals are still in custody of the Cherokee County Jail.

All the victim's property has been recovered, except for the compound bow. The case is still under investigation. 

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