Bonita Point becomes focus of manhunt

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2014

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Briefly Thursday, sheriff’s deputies set up a checkpoint at the entrance of Bonita Point Subdivision for vehicles exiting the housing development.
Henderson County Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse was on scene chasing down a robbery suspect, reported at 1 a.m.
The attendant of a gaming establishment near Eustace on U.S. 175 reported being robbed of a large amount of cash. The description of the couple included a white Chrysler minivan. Deputies were on the lookout for the vehicle and spotted it around 8 a.m. Thursday on Sailfish Road and began surveillance.
At 10 a.m., they attempted to make the arrest.
Erica Gill was safely taken into custody. However, the male suspect identified as Manuel Hernandez crashed through a window and took off running.
Officers began to form a perimeter and called for extra manpower fromo Gun Barrel City Police Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Texas and Wildlife game wardens, neighboring county sheriff’s offices and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which sent out a dog team.
“We kept a pretty tight perimeter,” Hillhouse said.
Hillhouse also sought assistance from the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office for investigators.
Officers also manned a checkpoint to insure the suspect would not escape in a departing vehicle.
During the robbery, Hernandez alluded to having a weapon.
In addition to searching for Hernandez, investigators learned the suspect had an outstanding drug warrant from Dallas County.
A search warrant was sought and granted for the residence as well as any vehicles on the property for evidence of the robbery.
At around 2:11 p.m. a man was spotted in Cedar Creek Lake in the direction that the suspect had fled.
Around that same time a fishing tour boat from BigCrappie.com was seen in the vicinity, having recently completed a guided tour. The boat operator assisted officers in getting out into the water where the man was and they were able to apprehend the suspect. No bonds had been set by press time.
The robbery is still under investigation. Both suspects were charged with robbery, and Hernandez was also charged with evading arrest.