Homeowner holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

A homeowner in the 8800 block of County Road 3609 (Oakwood Lane) held a burglary suspect at gunpoint Thursday morning, April 19, at approximately 12:30 until Hunt County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and took him into custody, according to Sheriff Randy Meeks.

Meeks said, “The homeowner reported that they heard their dogs barking more aggressively than usual, and upon looking outside, they observed a male subject entering into one of their vehicles. The homeowner retrieved a firearm from inside the residence and was able to approach the suspect without detection and held him at gunpoint while calling 911.”

The sheriff said deputies arrived a short time later, and the suspect was identified as Cole Jordan Lairsey, 17, of Quinlan.

“Cole Lairsey was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Hunt County Detention Center and charged with the following offenses — Burglary of a Vehicle, bond set at $5,000; and Possession of a Dangerous Drug, bond set at $3,500,” he said.

He said additional items were recovered at the scene that did not belong to the homeowner and were believed to have been stolen elsewhere. Deputies contacted residents in the area and were unable to return the recovered items.

The sheriff said, “If you are missing property in or around this area contact the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 903-453-6800.

“I am glad that everyone came out of this safe and that the homeowner did what needed to be done to make sure this suspect went to jail. As far as Mr. Lairsey, he was booked in wearing a t-shirt that read, ‘To save time, let’s just assume I’m Never Wrong,’ and in this case, we are going to say that he was in fact wrongvery wrong.”