Son Breaks Into Mom’s Home

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – A burglary from September of this year was cleared with the arrest of Derric Glenn Brown of Grapeland. Brown, 27, was apprehended on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and booked into custody on one count of burglary of a habitation.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Grapeland Police Department Investigator Dan McElhany and Lt. Ronnie Howell were dispatched to a residence located at 718 Market St., on Sept. 1, in reference to a report of a burglary of a habitation.

When they arrived at the location, the law enforcement officials met with the complainant who “… advised her adult son, who does not reside at the residence, entered her home by force – without her consent – and attempted to steal money and other items from her house,” the affidavit stated.

The complainant informed the officers as she was returning home “… she observed the kitchen window on the east side of her residence had been broken out. (The complainant) then observed her son, Derric Glenn Brown, exit her home through the back door,” the probable cause document stated.

The complainant added Brown was barefoot and carrying a pair of needle nose pliers along with a long-handled socket wrench.

In the report, it was stated, “As Brown was exiting the house, he asked (the complainant) for money and she said she had none and called the police. Brown was ‘intoxicated’ and ‘high on ice.’”

McElhany and Howell entered the residence and observed the broken kitchen window, a damaged door knob and a bathroom window which was open with the screen removed.

“A pair of men’s black, high-top basketball shoes, size 10, were found in the hallway and according to (the complainant), the shoes belonged to Brown. The shoes appeared to be Nike Air Jordan’s and contained a fragment of broken glass,” the affidavit stated.

A neighbor was also questioned in the matter, according to the report. The neighbor informed McElhany while he was outside, “… he was approached by Brown who appeared ‘to be high.’ Brown asked (the neighbor) for (his mother’s) phone number, but (the neighbor) refused and went inside his house. (The neighbor) said a little later, he heard the sound of breaking glass.”

Brown was apprehended on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and booked into custody on one count of burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony.

According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

He is currently being held on a $20,000 bond at the Houston County Jail.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.