HENDERSON COUNTY–An afternoon manhunt by Henderson County Deputies Monday landed a wanted felon and two other people hiding him in jail, and it has triggered a county-wide search for a fourth man who eluded deputies including a Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 unit.
“One man and a couple hiding him are in custody,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said in a press release Tuesday. “We have identified the other wanted suspect and have launched an all-out search.”
Joshua Lee Kelly, 37, was arrested after he fled from Deputy Meagan Hogan, who initially spotted a suspicious vehicle while on routine patrol in the Westwood Beach subdivision south of Chandler shortly after 1 p.m.
Kelly was wanted for a felony parole violation.
The other occupant of the vehicle was identified as Stephen Stovall, 35, and he currently has an outstanding felony arrest warrant.
Two other people – April Watts, 31, and her boyfriend, Dakota Strong, 25, were arrested for hindering the apprehension or prosecution of a felon because they tried to hide Kelly.
The manhunt began after Kelly and Stovall were spotted outside of their truck looking at another vehicle in the subdivision.
As a marked Sheriff’s vehicle approached, they sped away, committed a traffic violation, were pursued, eventually stopped, and they abandoned their vehicle in front of a home.
Deputy Matt Jistel and the State K-9 unit arrived and tracked the suspects to a residence in the 20000 block of Ravenwood Drive.
The couple inside said they were alone, but the owner of the property gave deputies his consent to search, and Kelly was found. Deputies also discovered methamphetamines in the vehicle the two men abandoned.
Sheriff Hillhouse also said Tuesday that April Watts, charged with hindering the apprehension of Kelly, was listed as a missing person out of Cherokee County.