Armed home invasion causes Madison County manhunt
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
MADISONVILLE -- A frightening afternoon in Madisonville after an armed man invaded a home and robbed the family causing a frantic manhunt to find the suspect.
On Thursday afternoon, in bright daylight, a man barged into the Oliver family's home with a gun.
DISPATCH: 911 what's your emergency?
VICTIM: There's a man in my house and he's trying to rob me. He's got a gun, please hurry.
Police say that 32-year-old Brandon White invaded the home off FM 2289 demanding money and drugs, from what he thought was an easy target.
"It is an elderly lady and she is crippled. Her daughter takes care of her and they have a home health care nurse so there were no males in the house," said Sheriff Travis Neeley. "He knew all of this it was kind of an ideal set up in his mind and in his state of mind at the time."
We spoke to the family today, who declined to go on camera, and they said White was acting extremely irrational.
He pulled a gun on the homeowner and after they gave him a sandwich and soda, he ran off with some pills.
That's when the manhunt began.
"We were able to summon the Department of Public Safety aviation division, Texas Department of Corrections tracking dogs and started a perimeter search within a 3 mile radius of the residence."
Working on lead after lead, officers were able to track White down to an apartment in Conroe.
"At about two o'clock they were able to make contact and start a dialogue and negotiations with him and were very instrumental in getting him to agree to a peaceful surrender," said Sheriff Neeley.
White turned himself into officials just after five this morning and they transported him back to Madisonville.
White is charged with burglary of a habitation and aggravated armed robbery.