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February 14, 2014

Civilian assists in Friday arrest

Corsicana — A man arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Navarro County Courthouse Friday morning tried to make a run for it, and a citizen helped apprehend him, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said.

Martel Wallace, 21, of Corsicana, was wanted on a warrant out of Hill County for revocation of probation on a burglary of a habitation offense. He was placed into custody by a courthouse security officer, and later pulled away from the officer as he walked him toward the jail, which is across the street from courthouse on First Avenue. The suspect began running west toward Corley Funeral Home. The deputy radioed the situation to dispatch while chasing the suspect on foot, Tanner reported.

Josue Palacios, a civilian, observed Wallace running across the Corley property and detained the suspect, allowing the officer and deputies to place the suspect back into custody. He was transported to the county jail, and felony escape charges were added.

“I am proud to know Mr. Palacios and I want to thank him for his assistance in helping the deputies apprehend this suspect,” Tanner said.  

Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Vicki Gray set bond at $30,000.

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