Trinity police: Early morning manhunt leads to arrest of trio for breaking into elderly woman's home

Released by Trinity Police Department

TRINITY/TRINITY COUNTY (KYTX) - Officer Travis Bryan arrested Timothy "TJ" Case, 19, and Nicole Crain, 27, charging them both with felony 1 burglary of a habitation with intent on another felony (robbery).

In addition, a 16 year old white male juvenile was detained and transported to thej uvenile detention facility in Conroe. The juvenile was also charged with felony 1 burglary of a habitation with intent on another felony (robbery).

Officers responded to 115 Third Street after receiving a complaint about a female, later identified to be Crain, knocking on the victim's door and asked to use the bathroom. The Victim told her "No" and later saw her walking with two males, later found to be Case and the Juvenile. While Officer Bureal Ferguson was in route to check on the suspicious activity, dispatch received another call from the victim screaming the two males just kicked in her back door. With the help of Chief Steven Jones, Pct 3 Commissioner Neal Smith, Trinity County Deputy Justin Sikes, Deputy Jeremy Alexander, and unnamed citizens from the community; the three were tracked down and all taken into custody by 3 this morning.

Following a complete investigation it was found the three had left the Chamberlin Trailer Park on South Clegg Street walking. The three conspired to find a residence to break into and rob the occupants. They picked 115 3rd Street in hopes that it would yield easy cash.

Crain was sent to the front door to check and see if the residence were home. The initial plan was for Case and the juvenile to enter after the victim let Crain in, but when the victim refused to allow Crain in they resorted to Crain walking in front of the residence, while Case and the Juvenile ran to the back door. The Juvenile kicked in the back door.

After the two entered the residence,  the screams from the initial victim - an 81-year old female - and then the screams from a second person they did not realize was in the home scared them off.

While running south on the next street over, they were seen by Pct. 3 Commissioner Neal Smith. Smith had heard the police activity on his county radio and was in the area. Smith saw the two males leave Crain behind. He stopped to check on Crain, not knowing if she was involved or not, and notified the two officers of his location. After making contact with Crain, Officer Bryan detained her as a suspect. This is when Chief Jones and the deputies arrived to assist.

After a brief search and foot chase, Case was taken into custody just off Madison Street and FM 356. A short time later, a citizen spotted the juvenile in the same area. That citizen ran the juvenile down on North Clegg Street and notified the officers.

Although the three did not use weapons, it was determined they intended to use fear and threats to gain compliance from the victim once in the house. What is unusual about this investigation is the three actually wanted someone to be home when they broke into the house. It was part of their plan to scare the people into submission.

Case stated at one point that "Hitler ran nations through fear." At another point, Crain stated she only got involved because her life was boring.

Great job by Officer Bryan and Officer Ferguson! TPD thanks the Trinity County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Pct. 3 Commissioner Neal Smith, and the citizens that assisted. Through teamwork involving citizens and law enforcement officers, this crime was cleared quickly.

Timothy Case is currently serving felony probation for his involvement in the burglary of the River of Life Church this past year.


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