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3 arrested in home invasion, beating man

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, August 31, 2013

{{{*}}}It didn’t take Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators long to track down three people who were allegedly involved in Monday’s home invasion of an elderly man in rural, south Wise County.

Donald G. Walton

The three are accused of binding and beating Jerry Thetford, 73, at his Boonsville home late Monday night, tying his hands and tossing him into the yard before robbing his house.

Investigators have already confiscated $2,500 in cash and 31 firearms from the robbery and are still searching for additional stolen items.

Those arrested are Donald G. Walton, 48, of Poolville; David N. Simmons; 42, of Weatherford and Jennifer L. Perkinson, 46, of Weatherford. The three have been charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and placed in Wise County Jail.

David N. Simmons

“(The investigators) all teamed up and did a great, great job,” Wise County Sheriff David Walker said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. They pretty much worked around the clock … People getting burglarized is a bad thing, and people picking on the elderly or kids is even worse.”

Investgators Clint Caddell, Mike Neagle, Chad Lanier, Ashleigh Portales and Luke Campbell used forensics and investigation tactics to track down Walton, who was possibly the ringleader of the robbery. The Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit also assisted in the case.

Just after 11 p.m. Monday night, a man matching Walton’s description allegedly knocked on the door of Thetford’s home. Leaning on a crutch, the man asked Thetford for help. Allegedly Walton and another suspect then proceeded to strike Thetford in the head multiple times, tie up his hands and toss him into the yard.

Jennifer L. Perkinson

After they left, Thetford managed to free his hands and call 911. Fortunately, he only suffered minor injuries in the attack.

Terri Johnson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, set bond at $450,000. A first-degree felony carries a possible sentence of five to 99 years in prison. All three suspects have been cooperative with law enforcement since their arrest, Walker said.

Investigators believe there might be additional suspects who aided in the planning of the robbery.

“If they implicate other people, those people will be charged as well, and we’ll still go forward with the forensics,” Walker said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Clint Caddell with Wise County Crime Stoppers at 940-627-5971 ext. 236 or email caddellc@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us, or make an anonymous tip at 940-627-TIPS (8477).

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