Witnesses chased a burglary suspect in downtown Brownwood Wednesday night and pointed out his hiding place to a police officer, leading to the suspectís arrest, police said.
Jesse James Cortner, 36, of Abilene was booked into the Brown County Jail on two burglary of a building charges, jail records state.
Cortner is a suspect in attempted break-ins at two businesses, according to a report by officer James Fuller. Someone threw rocks through the front windows of Airgas Inc., 1019 Riverside, and Beds and More, 801 N. Fisk, the report states.
Police will also try to determine if the incidents are connected to a Christmas Eve break-in at the Runaway Train restaurant, Sgt. Troy Carroll said. Someone threw a rock through a window, got inside and took money, Carroll said.
Fuller was dispatched to Airgas at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday after an alarm indicated a window had been broken. The hole in the window was too small for someone to go through, Fuller wrote in his report.
At 10 p.m., Fuller was dispatched to Beds and More. A dispatcher told Fuller that witnesses were chasing a man who had thrown a rock through a store window.
Fuller spoke with two men in a pickup who said a friend had chased the man. Other officers monitored traffic and set up a perimeter. One of the men in the pickup got out and walked around the rock piles in the area while Fuller continued speaking with the other man.
The man near the rock piles got Fullerís attention, and Fuller approached and saw a man hiding in a crevice between rock piles, Fullerís report states. Fuller ordered the man out and arrested him.
The man ó identified as Cortner ó had a plastic flashlight that is an accessory to a toy gun, wire cutters and a cloth with holes that could apparently be worn as a mask, Fullerís report states.
Cortner told Fuller he is on parole out of Abilene and was about to transfer his parole to Brownwood, the report states.
In other incidents:
Cpl. Richard Williams arrested Lola Pollard, 23, of Brownwood after he saw a woman hitting a man in the 500 block of West Commerce. Lt. John Harper arrested Jeremy Boyd, 18, of Brownwood on a criminal trespass charge after a Hastings employee reported a man with a criminal trespass warning was in the store. Someone took two shotguns and three fishing poles from a home on Flatrock Road.