Mystery suspect unleashes livestock at reunion grounds

January 18, 2014

It was a not-quite-so-great escape.

Someone let several animals – hogs, calves and a few goats – loose from their pens inside the Granbury Reunion Grounds early Saturday morning, just hours before the completion of the Hood County Junior Livestock Show and Sale.

Although none of the animals found their way outside the perimeter of the reunion grounds, that could have happened if not for a security guard who was on duty after the gates were locked at 10 p.m. Friday.

The guard, Larry Ingram, had made regular rounds inside the facility after hours and noticed the loose animals at some point after his 3 a.m. check. All of the animals were recovered, apparently uninjured.

“They were confined in the property,” said David Massey, president of the Hood County Livestock Raisers Association. “We’ve never had anything like that happen before. There were a couple of steers running around (also inside the reunion grounds) the next day.

“They went through there opening gates and untying calves.”

Massey said that the guard reported seeing someone leading a steer and hollered at him. The person then ran away and climbed over a fence.

“It could have been a disaster,” Massey said. “Luckily, (the guard) caught the animals before they got too far away. As far as I know, everything was recovered. I know it was some kids, probably. We just need to get the word out.”

If you can provide information leading to an arrest and indictment in this criminal mischief case, it could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers. Call 817-573-TIPS, or go online (hoodcountycrimestoppers.com) to submit an anonymous tip.

It is believed the suspect came in from the back side of the reunion grounds and hopped a fence.

A tall, slender suspect spotted by the guard was described as “looking like any other stock show kid” – wearing jeans and a plaid shirt.

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