Three people were arrested Thursday after a burglary at a Lacy Lakeview apartment led to a car chase with multiple agencies that ended in Waco, Lacy Lakeview Police Chief John Truehitt said.
Deante Spencer, 20, and two passengers in the car he was driving, Anna Smith, 26, and Lexus Hernandez, 22, were arrested and would face charges related to burglary and evading, Truehitt said. A burglary was reported about 3 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Meyers Lane, where a TV and three AR-15 rifles were taken from an unoccupied apartment, he said.
A witness provided police with a photo of a four-door sedan that left the complex, Truehitt said. A short time later near Loop 340 and Interstate 35, police spotted the car they believe was involved in the robbery, he said.
Multiple officers responded in an attempt to stop the vehicle in the 1300 block of New Dallas Highway.
“When they tried to execute the stop, the driver took off and it began a pursuit,” Truehitt said.
The chase reached speeds of 65 to 70 mph, and officers continued the pursuit because they believed weapons were in the car, he said.
The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Waco Police Department, Bellmead Police Department, McLennan County constables and Texas Department of Public Safety, among others, joined the pursuit.
Spencer hit a curb, disabling the car before stopping near North Fifth Street and Columbus Avenue, Truehitt said.
“The male was evidently the driver and he bailed and ran on foot, leaving the two females,” Truehitt said. “The county managed to capture the male, and everyone was taken into custody.”
Officers found the weapons and TV in the car, Truehitt said. He said he is thankful for the joint effort that helped police stop the burglary suspects.
Spencer was arrested on burglary and evading on foot charges, Smith was arrested on an engaging in organized criminal activity charge, and Hernandez was arrested on burglary and evading in a vehicle charges, according to jail records. All three remained jailed Thursday.