Fugitive alert canceled- Chief Schultea gets his man

HOUSTON- The search for a Splendora resident on the run since a July 22 police pursuit ended at a Houston hotel on Monday.

Patton Village Police Chief Joe Schultea said around 1 p.m. the Houston Police Department Hotel Squad contacted him stating that Robert “Bobby” Nobles was in a room at the Texan Inn Hotel in the 4100 block of I-45. Chief Schultea received information on Sunday that Nobles planned to flee the state.

After being contacted by HPD, Schultea went to the scene and entered the room with HPD officers. Inside they found Nobles and Tanja Ellis, who was sought for a bond forfeiture warrant on unrelated charges. Ellis was the woman who jumped from Nobles’ moving vehicle on July 22 during the pursuit that created his fugitive status. Schultea said there were no weapons and no contraband found in the room.

Both were arrested without incident and taken by HPD to the Harris County Jail to await transport to the Montgomery County Jail.

Clinton Gant, who was believed to be with Nobles and Ellis was also found during Schultea’s investigation. The chief did not arrest Gant, but instructed him to post bond on misdemeanor criminal mischief charges in Harris County and on Class C misdemeanor charges in Montgomery County Pct. 4.

Schultea said simply, “I’m glad it’s over- Now it’s time to get back to work.”

Pct. 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden and his men devoted a considerable amount of time to the search for Nobles, arresting six others along the way.

Hayden said with Nobles no longer one of EMC’s “Most Wanted,” his crew can focus more energy on the rest of the list.

“We were determined to see Mr. Nobles captured and now that has occurred,” Hayden said. “Regardless of which agency made the arrest, it should send a message to lawbreakers that we take crime seriously in East Montgomery County and they might run, but eventually they will be caught.”

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