Brake indicted in home invasion

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 9, 2013

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A man who broke into a woman’s apartment and grabbed her before being fought off last December has been indicted by a Wise County grand jury.

Eric Thomas Brake

Eric Thomas Brake

Eric Thomas Brake, 21, was indicted on one count of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense and a second count of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony, both first-degree felonies.

Brake, a Kansas resident who was living with relatives at Crestview Place Apartments, allegedly entered the victim’s apartment around 8 a.m. Dec. 17 and, according to investigators, sneaked up behind a female and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” The victim fought back and forced the man out of her second floor apartment. No items were taken, and no one was injured.

The victim provided a description of her attacker and worked with a crime scene investigator to produce a composite sketch of the suspect. The following day, after seeing the sketch, Brake turned himself in to Decatur police.

After the home invasion, nearby McCarroll Middle School went into a “soft lockdown” for the rest of the morning as a precautionary measure.

Brake remains in the Wise County Jail.

The grand jury, which met Jan. 30, also returned the following indictments:

  • Shaun Ray Mullinax, injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury;
  • William Franklin Stapp, assault family/household member with previous conviction;
  • Walter Craig Travis, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (three counts);
  • Maria Varela-Martinez, theft of property $100,000 to $200,000;
  • Chad Ray Fields, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (one count); abandon/endanger child criminal negligence (one count);
  • Brenda Ann Hudgins, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon;
  • Lewis Van Snider, manufacture/deliver controlled substance – methamphetamine, 4 to 200 grams;
  • Lydia Deanne Subialdea, possession of a controlled substance – heroin, less than 1 gram;
  • George Christopher Bointy, driving while intoxicated third or more;
  • Trina Marie Bradley, theft of property $1,500 to $20,000;
  • Steven Roy Brummell, theft of property $1,500 to $20,000;
  • Tina Marie Caddell, credit card or debit card abuse;
  • Jose Cruz-Lopez, theft of property less than $1,500 with two previous convictions;
  • Carey Boyce Dodd, driving while intoxicated third or more;
  • Gordon Christopher Evans Jr., burglary of a habitation; and
  • Amanda May Hill, driving while intoxicated with child under 15.

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