Police Chief Steve Cropper says they received a call around 4:30 a.m., Friday, May 6. Officer First Class Ben Allen and Officer Mitch Hackett responded to the alarm at Holmont, and as they arrived, two men were seen leaving the building.
“Both attempted to flee,” he said. “Hackett pursued one and Allen pursued the other one. The suspect Allen pursued ran towards Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant. There was a vehicle parked behind Pepe’s, and he was able to get to that vehicle, open the front door, reach into the vehicle and remove something. He stuck it in his pocket and began to flee again.”
Cropper says the item taken from the vehicle is still unknown at this time.
The suspect, identified as Kenneth Charles Jackson, fled into the woods, Cropper says, and a search with K-9 Officer Harley ended fruitlessly as the woods were extremely wet from recent rains.
In the meantime, Hackett apprehended 30-year-old Jose Rodriguez, of the 900 block of Ash Lane in Euless, Texas. Rodriguez was arrested for simple burglary and resisting an officer.
“They had two lawnmowers loaded up in a truck behind Pepe’s,” Cropper said. “One of the suspects is from Texas and the other is from Tennessee. His story was they were driving from Fort Worth or Dallas to Tennessee to find work.”
Jackson has a Tennessee ID, but the truck in which the lawnmowers were located was rented in Fort Worth.
If anyone has any information on Jackson or his whereabouts, call the Minden Police Department at 377-1212.