EARLY — A man was arrested Monday night after he forced his way into an Early home, took his estranged girlfriend’s 11-month-old child and barricaded himself in another home before surrendering, police said.
Joshua Hashbarger, 28, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation, assault and child endangerment, jail records state.
Police Chief David Mercer gave details of the incident in an e-mail.
Officer Keith Varner was notified at 7:30 p.m. that a man had forced his way into a trailer on Gorman Drive and taken an 11-month-old child. The child’s mother told Varner her estranged boyfriend took the child from a baby bed and fled on foot. The man’s name is not on the child’s birth certificate but police think the child is probably his, Mercer said.
The woman’s 15-year-old stepson ran after the man and tried to stop him, but he shoved the teen away and kept going. Varner and sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Simpson went to a home on Yucca Tree Circle where the man was believed to have gone.
The officers made contact with the man, who refused to open the door. He barricaded himself inside, and the officers negotiated with him for about 30 minutes. The man opened the door and surrendered the child, but refused to come outside.
After more negotiating, the man came outside and surrendered.
Officers learned the man had gone earlier to the trailer on Gorman Drive and forced his way inside when no one was home. When the man’s estranged girlfriend and the children returned, along with the woman who is in charge of the trailer, the man had apparently been waiting in the dark and forced his way back into the trailer, where he took the child.
The investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed, Mercer said.
In an unrelated incident, officer Johnny Brown and Sgt. Shawn Dibrell received a call at 11:20 a.m. Monday regarding the location of a wanted felon, Luke Hopkins. After a scenario involving Early and Brownwood police, the sheriff’s office and Department of Public Safety, Hopkins was arrested on a charge of evading arrest and on a parole violation warrant, according to Mercer and jail records.
Hopkins, 26, was reported to be at a residence in Brownwood. Brown and Dibrell contacted deputy Carlyle Gover and Brownwood police.
While officers were en route to a location in south Brownwood, Brown met a vehicle in which Hopkins was a passenger. The driver and passenger fled in the vehicle for several blocks, and Hopkins jumped from the vehicle’s passenger side and ran on foot, Mercer said. Officer chased Hopkins on foot through several blocks when Hopkins ran into a house in the 1700 block of 10th
Officers gathered up and made entry into the house. As officers searched the house, Hopkins left through a second-story window. Officers confronted him, but he made it into a neighboring yard, sparking another foot pursuit.
After several blocks, Hopkins was cornered on Coggin Avenue between 10th and 11th streets by Brownwood police and a Department of Public Safety trooper. Officers located the vehicle Hopkins had been riding in and identified the driver as Lorenzo
White, who was wanted by the parole office, Mercer said.
White, 37, was arrested on a parole warrant, jail records state.