One Arrested, One At-Large After A&M Robbery

By: Carmen Izzo & Pachatta Pope Email
By: Carmen Izzo & Pachatta Pope Email

One suspect believed to be involved in a campus crime spree Saturday that included hitting a Texas A&M University Police officer with a car has been arrested.

Isiah Delance Holden, 19, of Houston was taken into police custody overnight after he and another suspect lead six different law enforcement agency officers on a high speed chase through College Station, Brazos County and Grimes County.

According to UPD officials, just before 10:00 p.m. Saturday, a female student parked her vehicle in Parking Lot 40 on the A&M campus and started to walk to her residence hall. Police say she was approached by two black men who pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse. The suspects took the purse and fled.

The female student was not hurt and managed to get to her residence and call University Police.

Just before receiving her call, UPD Police were already responding to another 911 call regarding a possible burglary in progress in Lot 40 by two black men. A UPD bicycle officer patrolling the lot noticed a newer model silver Cadillac with dealer license plates backing out of a parking space.

A closer look led the officer to believe the suspects' vehicle matched the description of the vehicle of the alleged suspects' involved in the burglary.

The officer shined his flashlight into the vehicle and ordered the driver to stop. University Police Chief Elmer Schneider says that order was ignored.

The driver hit the officer and his bicycle. The officer was able to get out of the way before the suspect drove over his bike completely. Schneider says another UPD officer arrived on scene just in time to pursue the suspects as they fled.

A chase through College Station streets ended up on South Highway 6 crossing over into Grimes County. During the chase, College Station Police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Brazos County Sheriff's Office, Grimes County Sheriff's Office, and eventually Navasota Police offered their assistance.

The suspects led law enforcement down Business 6 into Navasota. Both men abandoned the vehicle before it came to stop in the lawn of a local resident. Schneider says officials on site then began looking for the suspects.

A Grimes County K-9 unit was called out to help search for the men. Sometime later, Holden was located and arrested. The other suspect is still at large and officers are searching for him.

It is unclear at this point whether Holden was the driver of the car. The investigation into the several acts is currently underway.

As of right now, Holden is charged with evading arrest and is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Brazos County Jail.

As the investigation proceeds, authorities say it is possible more charges will be filed.

The UPD bicycle officer that was struck was taken to College Station Medical Center, treated and released.


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