Community members help in Longview burglary arrest
Feb. 5, 2018 at 10:52 a.m.
A Longview man remains in jail Monday after a burglary victim helped officers make a speedy arrest.
Frederick Eugene Williams, 39, is held under $2,500 bond, charged with burglary of a vehicle and several outstanding misdemeanor charges.
Police said Williams broke into a vehicle in the 3000 block of Estes Parkway around 11 a.m. Saturday. Instead of waiting for officers to arrive, the car's owner, who reported seeing Williams take a cellphone from the car, decided to follow him.
Soon, other area residents joined in and helped until officers arrived at the scene.
Longview police spokesman Sgt. Shane McCarter said arrests made with the help of the community don't happen as often as officers would like.
"Very seldom is the officer there at the time when the offense was committed," McCarter said.
Instead, officers often must rely on the reports and descriptions given to them immediately after the crime.
McCarter said police don't expect bystanders to make physical contact or put themselves at risk, but it's helpful any time someone can keep an eye out or be aware .
"To observe, call and even keep track (of a suspect) goes a long way in helping us solve a crime," McCarter said.