Arrest made in Decatur home invasion

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A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for Monday’s home invasion at Crestview Place Apartments in Decatur. Eric Thomas Brake, 21, turned himself in to the Decatur Police Department about 3:30 p.m., according to Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

Hoskins said Brake called and left a voice mail at the department indicating he was the perpetrator. An officer returned Brake’s call, and they arranged for him to turn himself in.

“He described the incident to the tee of what the victim said,” Hoskins explained. “He said after he saw the composite drawing, he knew we had him. I think that’s a very big credit toward (Ashleigh, who produced the sketch). This case couldn’t have been broke without her.”

Brake is from Kansas but was living with relatives at the apartment complex. Monday he entered another apartment at¬†approximately 8 a.m. through an unlocked door. According to investigators he snuck up behind a female in the residence and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” But the female fought back and proceeded to force the man out of the second floor apartment. No items were taken, and no injuries were reported.

Hoskins said he will be charged with burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony. He was to be booked into  Wise County Jail late Tuesday afternoon.




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