stabs 4 officers in melee
Monitor Staff Reports
CHEROKEE SHORESOfficers from six law enforcement agencies converged on Cherokee
Shores Tuesday night after a Gun Barrel City officer was attacked and her assailant fled
into the woods.
According to Gun Barrel City assistant chief Larry Warrick, investigator Tiffany
Carrizales was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Donald Ray Huback Jr., 19.
When she and officer Ken Bee arrived at Rising Star Trail in Cherokee Shores, Huback was
not there. By speaking to neighbors, they ascertained that Huback was living in a small RV
trailer on Rising Star Trail.
While Bee was parking the police car out of sight, Huback returned from the store, where
he had purchased a two-liter bottle of soda.
Carrizales, who was in uniform, felt she should intercept him before he could enter the
residence, in order to avoid a possible violent situation, Warrick said.
After she approached Huback and identified herself, she called the suspect by name.
However, Huback denied his identity.
Carrizales stated she knew his identity, and attempted to take him into custody.
However, Huback swung the grocery sack containing the full two-liter soda bottle at her
head, and then pushed or pulled the stunned officer into a nearby trailer and fled the
When Bee returned, he gave aid to Carrizales and called for an ambulance and backup.
Shortly afterwards, five Gun Barrel City officers, including chief Damon Boswell, arrived.
Warrick said he called Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt and requested tracking dogs.
He also called Texas Ranger Michael Adcock, and advised him of the situation and
Carrizales was taken to the ETMC Cedar Creek Lake emergency room in Gun Barrel City, where
she was treated for head and neck trauma and later released.
Nutt and his lieutenant, Bryan Tower, along with Boswell, took control of the scene upon
A perimeter was set in place to contain the fugitive, made up of numerous deputies,
investigators from the Henderson County District Attorneys Office and several men
from the Athens Police Department, including chief Buddy Hill and Det. James Bonnette.
Soon afterwards, officers from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice arrived with
Entry into the RV was made to procure something with Hubacks scent. However,
officers noticed movement inside the residence.
Several officers searched for Huback, finding him under the bed.
Huback had gotten inside the RV by crawling into an outside storage hatch, which opened
under the bed.
Warrick reported that Huback swung a knife at Bonnettes legs before getting to his
Facing the officers, he attacked with his knife, charging at Tower and reaching over his
shoulders to stab him several times in the back.
Boswell tried to disarm Huback, and was stabbed in the arm. An unidentified TDCJ employee
was also stabbed during the struggle to disarm Huback.
Huback was taken to the Gun Barrel City ER, where he was medically cleared.
He was then booked into the citys jail on the original forgery warrant, and then
transported to the Henderson County Jail, where he was booked on five counts of aggravated
assault on a public servant.
He was later transported to the Smith County jail in Tyler, where he was arraigned by a
Smith County magistrate, who set bond at $2.5 million for the combined charges.
After Hubacks removal from the scene in Cherokee Shores, Adcock took control of the
scene and conducted an investigation.
Officers injured in the incident were treated and released in Gun Barrel City.
This was a great show of unity from all Henderson County law enforcement,
Boswell said. He added sincere thanks to all the officers from the various agencies for
coming to the aid of one of his officers.
promises to include some requests on agenda
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTSIn a sometimes heated discussion between two Seven Points city
councilmen and Mayor Joe Dobbs Thursday over control over the agenda, Dobbs promised to
put at least some of the requested items on the next agenda.
He and city councilman Bubba Powell and mayor pro-tem Hank Laywell also agreed to meet
privately to work out some of their differences.
The two of the three council members who have been absent from at least one regular
monthly council meeting, Laywell and Powell spoke with Dobbs over a speakerphone in the
city secretarys office for about 45 minutes with members of the media invited to
listen in at the office door.
During the conversation, Dobbs
said some of the five specific items Laywell and Powell had sought to place on the
councils agenda since May would indeed be on the agenda for the councils
regular Tuesday, Aug. 10, meeting.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Seven Points mayor pro-team Hank Laywell talks with mayor John Joe Dobbs over
a speakerphone in the city secretarys office Thursday.
The conversation also revealed deep personal conflicts, particularly between Laywell
and Dobbs, who were civil (just barely) to each other, but occasionally traded sharply
Agenda items Laywell, Powell and councilwoman Cheryl Jones want to discuss at the next
Discuss, approve or disapprove Financial Report from Mayor since taking office,
comparing actual (expenses) to budgeted figures. Take any action necessary.
Discuss, approve or disapprove powers and duties of the City Council. Take any
Discuss, approve or disapprove City personnel policy. Take any action necessary.
Discuss, approve or disapprove actions taken by the Mayor concerning personnel
matters. Take any action necessary.
Discuss, approve or disapprove Local Government Code, Sec. 22.038, Subsection C.
Take any action necessary.
It was not clear from the conversation, which items Dobbs will include on the Aug. 10
Laywell was upset with his inability to obtain city financial reports, specifically
covering the time since Dobbs was sworn in. He charged that some past records had been
changed after approval by the council.
We were told we would have to wait 10 days (after making the request), Laywell
said. As a councilman, I cant get reports any quicker than anybody off the
If that was all she (the city secretary) had to do, Dobbs replied, but
weve got a city to run here, and were having to do it without you.
I told you (at the May council meeting) I was looking forward to working with
you, Laywell told Dobbs. I feel like a fool.
Powell suggested a private meeting with Dobbs, who said, I can get off work right
Powell demurred, suggesting sometime late Friday afternoon.
Maybe we can work this out, Hank, Powell told Laywell and Dobbs.
Later, Laywell specifically criticized Dobbs for not allowing council members to speak
during the meetings.
You showed a lack of respect for me, the council and the citizens, Laywell
We took an oath to obey and support the law, Dobbs shot back.
Youre not doing that if you fail to show up at meetings.
Following a few more minutes of conversation, Laywell said, If he will put our stuff
on the agenda, and meet with us, Ill go along with that.
Powell had a specific complaint about Dobbs signing checks for city business without a
counter-signature, saying he (as a council member) agreed to require two signatures on
city checks back in 2003.
I feel I can talk to you, Bubba, cause I dont trust Laywell at
all, Dobbs told Powell.
Whoa, Laywell (sitting nearby) said softly.
After the close of the conversation, Powell said he hoped the three could work out their
Weve got to have a working relationship with him (Dobbs), Powell said.
Officer foils burglary at computer store
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITYThree suspects in an attempted burglary at Gun Barrel Computers were
in custody Thursday morning and about to be questioned about the incident.
With an assist from the Seven Points Police Department, Gun Barrel City officers detained
Hispanics Ramiro Ayala-Valdez, 19, of Dallas, Christian Rito Ayala, 18, of Mesquite and a
black female, Quintellia Shevett Spencer, 35, of Plano.
Gun Barrel City officer Kenny Collard responded to a silent alarm at around 4 a.m.
Thursday at 616 W. Main St. and found the back door open and safe ready to be moved out.
Gun Barrel City assistant chief Larry Warrick told The Monitor that when Collard arrived,
he also noted a van parked in the back.
Upon entering, Collard detected movement and came up on Ayala-Valdez, who was wearing
black gloves and holding a flashlight.
Collard snapped handcuffs on him, secured him in the back of his patrol car and called for
He returned to the building, but found no one else on the premises.
A search of the van turned up three ID cards, including those of the other two suspects.
Seven Points police officers were able to locate the suspects nearby and brought them in
to Gun Barrel City PD.
Also inside the van were several computers, bolt cutters, cutting torch crowbars and
Warrick said he would question the suspects before issuing formal charges and see them
transported to the Henderson County jail.