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Naptime Ends in Handcuffs

By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – A Crockett woman is facing felony charges after she was caught sleeping in a pool house.

Jasmine Nichole Brookins, 29, was taken into custody on Nov. 20 and charged with burglary of a building along with one count of assault/injury to an elderly individual, after she was caught napping in a cabana bathroom.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Houston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Cochran responded to a dispatch, shortly before 3:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in reference to a burglary at a location three miles west of Crockett, along FM 229.

While he was enroute to the location, the deputy was informed the person reporting the burglary had caught an unknown female subject (Brookins) in his pool house. In addition, the complainant reported he had been assaulted by Brookins “… causing injury to his left wrist, right arm and chest area.”

The complainant further advised Brookins had fled the scene and was heading towards Houston County Lake, the affidavit reported.

As she attempted her escape, Brookins was approached and apprehended by HCSO Chief Deputy Justin Killough. She was arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail where she was booked into custody on one count of burglary of a building as well as one count of assault/injury to an elderly individual.

After Brookins was transported to the jail, Deputy Cochran spoke with the complainant about the incident.

The deputy was informed the complainant had come home early from work to put the finishing touches on a vehicle slated to be in the Crockett Christmas Parade.

The affidavit indicated at approximately 3 pm, the complainant “… was outside his residence when he attempted to enter his pool house and discovered it was locked. (The complainant) stated he immediately knew something was wrong because he never locks his pool house.”

After retrieving his keys, the complainant entered the cabana and discovered Brookins asleep in the bathroom area. The legal document stated when Brookins was awakened, “… she immediately assaulted him (the complainant), then ran away. (The complainant) discovered while (Brookins) was in the building, she had consumed several cans of beer and had used his sleeping bag, along with some towels.”

The burglary charge is a second degree felony while the assault charge is a third 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.”

A third degree felony carries a sentence of between two and 10 years as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Brookins is being held at the Houston County Jail on bonds totaling $20,000.

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