Suspect sought in attempted capital murder, robbery and arson
KAUFMAN COUNTY–Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the Texas Rangers are seeking the public’s help identifying a suspect in the attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery and arson causing serious bodily injury of an elderly Crandall woman.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, at approximately 9:38 a.m., the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a residential fire with a person still inside. The residence is located in the 4500 block of FM 148 in rural Kaufman County.
A good samaritan was flagged down by neighbors and went into the house, finding the victim tied to a folding chair. With the help of a Crandall Fireman, the victim was rescued from the residence.
The victim, a 78-year-old female, was transported to a local hospital. Once stable, the victim was able to provide details surrounding the incident.
Preliminary information indicates the victim answered her door to find the suspect pointing a pistol her. The suspect pushed her way into the house, demanded money, tied the victim to the chair and rummaged through the house. Before leaving, the suspect set a fire in the kitchen, leaving the victim tied to the chair.
The victim remains in guarded but stable condition. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the offense and is described as heavy-set with strawberry hair, wearing gold rimmed glasses.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Kaufman County Investigator J. Weisbruch at (972) 932-9735 or Texas Ranger Matlock at (214) 861-2370. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may submit a tip to: (877) TIPSKCC (847-7522).