Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
Mabank police investigator Michael Main subdues suspect Sean Purhoff as he attempts to flee the Groom & Sons’ Hardware Store parking lot Wednesday. Officer Daniel Wiser (back) keeps an eye on an off camera suspect.
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank police tracked down a local man believed to be on a crime spree in the Cedar Creek Lake area and apprehended him as he attempted to flee the scene on foot May 13.
According to Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw, officer Daniel Wiser spotted a white Buick Rendezvous with bumper damage on South Third Street in Mabank that matched video surveillance in an attempted burglary and vandalization outside the M&M Exxon on 175 the previous day. Wiser turned around and followed the Rendezvous as it entered the Groom & Sons’ Hardware Store parking lot.
The vehicle also matched a description of a getaway car spotted after a man stole beer from the Gold Buckle convenience store on 198 north of Mabank the previous day.
Investigator Michael Main and officer Mathew Ewaskiw arrived at the scene just a minute later. Officers approached the vehicle and identified the female driver, Shalon Robertson, 33, and the front passenger, Sean Puroff, also 33. Bradshaw reported that Puroff was evasive answering questions and presented a false name to the officers.
Shortly after, Puroff climbed over his seat and ran out the back driver’s side door, darting away from officers saying “I’m scared,” multiple times before getting handcuffed.
According to reports, Purhoff was released just seven months ago from prison and was on federal parole.
Purhoff was arrested for fraud use/possession of identifying info, credit card or debit card abuse, fugitive failure to identify, evading arrest, an additional arrest evading charge from Dallas, and assault bodily injury family violence.
Robertson was arrested for fraud/possession of identifying information and hindering apprehension of a known felon.
A second unidentified male was detained and questioned by police, then released without charge.
Purhoff and Robertson were booked into Henderson County jail, where they remain on $23,000 and $11,000 bonds, respectively.