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Officers arrest two after a day-long manhunt in Freyburg

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects Monday after a crime spree involving two stolen vehicles and a home invasion.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident began around 8:10 a.m. with a 911 call reporting property damage on Gebert Rd. in the Freyburg region. The caller reported that an unknown vehicle backed into a tree while leaving the property. Officer Terry Guentert was en route to the location when a second call reported a suspicious vehicle on Salem Freyburg Rd. Guentert located the suspect vehicle, a Ford Fusion, which was unoccupied.

That’s when Guentert saw a man in dark clothing running through a field. A citizen reported that another man was hiding in tall grass. Guentert approached the man in the grass and held him down.

Then another call came into the Sheriff’s Office reporting a stolen white van taken from Kenmar Services in Schulenburg. It matched the description of the vehicle that caused the material damage in Freyburg that morning. Drug interdiction investigator David Smith found the stolen white van on Salem Freyburg Rd.

Officers returned to the property damage location on Gebert Rd. and heard that the house had been broken into. The resident reported that several weapons were missing from the home.

By then, multiple agencies were assisting the Sheriff’s Office with the case, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, Flatonia Police, Schulenburg Police and Fayette County Emergency Medical Services. The second suspect was still on the run.

The Sheriff’s Office sent a reverse 911 call to residents within a four-mile radius of where the second suspect was seen running. The Sheriff’s Office also used an aerial drone to assist in the search. Deputies and officers from responding agencies patrolled the area throughout the day.

Later that afternoon, a resident called the sheriff’s office to report a suspicious person walking on Salem Freyburg Rd. Investigator Smith arrived and approached a man wearing dark clothing and riding a bicycle, which was later reported stolen. The man got off the bicycle. He fled into the woods and Smith followed him. Sergeant Randy Thumann and his K-9 partner Kolt, along with Sgt. Mark Zimmerman responded to Smith’s location. They assisted in the arrest of the man.

The two men arrested Monday were 39-year-old Roberto Luna and 31-year-old Cody Powell, both of Hallettsville. Luna was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Powell was charged with evading arrest and possession of stolen property. Charges are pending against both suspects for burglary of a home.

Officers found the weapons the next day in a field where the suspects were hiding. The Sheriff’s Office wanted to thank all agencies that assisted and the community for their vigilance.

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