Suspect captured after home invasion robbery
Fallon Wayne Hart, 35-year-old Navarro County man, was taken into custody in Spanish Trail south of Granbury just before sunrise Monday after multiple rifle shots were fired into an occupied Granbury Police vehicle and two residents were forced at gunpoint to turn over the keys to their pickup, law enforcement officials said.
In addition to the one Granbury Police officer who was in the Chevrolet Tahoe when the suspect fired into the passenger side of the vehicle, at least one Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputy was fired at as well, Sheriff Roger Deeds added. Neither officer was injured.
The couple, who live on Spanish Flower just a couple of houses and around the corner from the spot where a Chrysler Concorde LX reportedly driven by the suspect had crashed minutes earlier, was confronted inside their home by a man with a rifle who then ordered them to retrieve the keys to their Nissan Frontier pickup.
Hart was captured shortly after 7 a.m. near a creek bed behind a nearby residence on Spanish Trail Court, just off Spanish Trail Drive. After a spotlight from the DPS helicopter led officers to the suspect’s location, he was taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center because of a leg injury apparently sustained during the fall down a cliff toward the creek.
Bob Moore and his wife, who live in that home on Spanish Trail Court, slept through the noise of the crash, but were stunned when they answered the doorbell and found four officers with weapons standing on their front porch.
“They asked who was in the house. They said to get dressed quickly,” Moore said, adding that the officers said they were evacuating them from their home until the suspect was apprehended. “They said the suspect was armed and had already fired at officers.”
Moore said he had served in the military and wasn’t frightened, but noted of his wife, “She was a little bit uneasy.”
A female who had been in the Concorde was taken into custody at the spot where it had crashed into a permanent metal street barrier at the end of Spanish Trail Drive.
The agencies involved in searching for the suspect were the Granbury Police, Hood County Sheriff’s Office and the DPS. In addition to troopers on the ground, the helicopter with a spotlight was brought in and was able to locate the male suspect where he was hiding by the creek.
“What the result of this was, everybody worked together to bring it to a safe conclusion,” Sheriff Roger Deeds said.
Hart, whose residence is listed in Kerens, was wanted out of Taylor County (carrying a prohibited weapon), Deeds said.
The charges filed on Hart by the Granbury Police Department included two first-degree felony counts of aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, plus another felony count – evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. Sheriff’s Office charges will include a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the home invasion and theft of the pickup on Spanish Flower, Lieutenant Johnny Rose said Tuesday morning.
The female was charged with an unknown misdemeanor, according to Granbury Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hines.
Hines said he “can’t say yet” how many rounds were fired.
The incident began after a Granbury Police officer noticed a white, four-door Concorde parked at the E-Z Mart on Glen Rose Highway across from Spanish Trail and called it in to an emergency dispatcher as a suspicious vehicle.
“While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle it was learned that the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest,” said Hines. “The vehicle then left the scene and a pursuit ensued.”
Hart pulled away and drove across Glen Rose Highway and onto Spanish Trail Drive. The officer found the vehicle, crashed into a permanent metal barrier at a dead end at the north end of Spanish Trail Drive,
“While the officer was about to exit his vehicle he was fired upon,” Hines said, adding that the male suspect fled on foot.
Hines said the officer then learned that a nearby home had been burglarized, and a pickup had been taken from the residence.
Then an unexpected twist unfurled, as the officers came under attack once more, according to Hines.
“The vehicle (pickup) then returned to the area of where he had been previously and fired at officers again,” Hines said.
Hart then drove back south on Spanish Trail Drive, Hines said. But with the road leading out of the development then blocked by other officers, he crashed the pickup through a fence gate and into the backyard of the Moore residence on Spanish Trail Court. The pickup glanced off a small cedar tree in their backyard, then struck a large, heavy stone in the middle of their backyard. The pickup came to rest with its front end on top of the stone slab. Hart then crawled over a short fence into another fenced-in area behind the workshop, before jumping over the back fence.
That fence-jumping effort may haven been a crucial moment in bringing the foot chase to an end because a surprise was waiting on the other side. Moore pointed out a cliff on the other side of his fence with a sharp dropoff of about 20 feet down to the creek area. One source said Hart may have dropped his rifle at that point when he fell, down the cliff. The man reportedly sustained a leg injury, and he was first taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center for treatment.
“With the assistance of the of Hood County Sheriff’s (Office) and Texas Department of Public Safety the suspect was taken into custody without incident,” Hines said, adding that no residents or members of law enforcement were injured at any point.
A K9 trained to do sniff scents was also ready to join the search effort.
Hart had previous arrest records out of Colorado, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana and Virginia, Deeds said. Some of his previous arrests were in connection with aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation, assault, resisting arrest, deadly conduct and fleeing from officers, Deeds said. His Texas arrest record includes a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery that a prosecutor changed to a Class A misdemeanor in 1999, and a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Tarrant County that was changed to a Class A misdemeanor in 2003.
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