A jury found Patricia Marie Hargrave, a 48 year-old from Splendora, guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and of Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle with a Deadly Weapon after a two-day trial. On October 30 of last year, Hargrave showed up unannounced at the home of her ex-boyfriend, Shawn Snyder, banging on his sliding-glass back door with a shovel to demand entry. When Snyder opened the door, Hargrave struck him repeatedly in the head and arm with the shovel. She then took the keys to Snyder’s truck and drove away in it.
Hargrave was located a short time later driving the truck down loop 494. She then led Patton Village Police on a brief chase down 494, on to FM 1314, the northbound highway 59 feeder road, and ultimately into the parking lot of the Porter Wal-Mart, where the truck was trapped with the help of Splendora Police and a State Trooper. Officer Deangelo Lavergne of Patton Village described to jurors how Hargrave ignored his lights, sirens, and commands over his public address speaker, and how she weaved in and around traffic, including driving into oncoming traffic during the pursuit, forcing other motorists to take evasive actions. He also told jurors how she drove around stopped cars at a red light to turn at the busy intersection of Loop 494 and 1314, then continued to drive at unsafe speeds into the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Trooper Justin Lopez of the Highway Patrol also testified to how Hargrave was placing other motorists and shoppers in the Wal-Mart parking lot in danger. Lopez and Lavergne had to physically force Hargrave from the truck after it was blocked in between police cars and civilian vehicles. Hargrave never even took the truck out of drive, allowing it to roll into another vehicle during the arrest and causing minor damage.
The case was prosecuted despite the victim, Shawn Snyder, expressing a desire not to proceed with the charges or to see Hargrave punished. Assistant District Attorney Jason Horn, who prosecuted the case, explained.
Prosecutor Jason Horn stated that “Hargrave is a violent repeat-offender, and this is the sort of case we should be aggressively pursuing to protect the rest of the citizens of the county, even if the victim elects not to protect himself. As representatives of the people of Montgomery County, we will prosecute these cases if there is a significant danger to any individual or the public.”
Hargrave had previously been convicted of multiple felonies, including two robberies, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Her history elevated her to habitual offender status, making her punishment range 25-99 years or life in prison. Judge Stovall assessed punishment at 25 years. Hargrave will have to serve at least half of her sentence before being eligible for parole due to the deadly weapon findings in both cases.