Teen faces trial, deportation

CONROE – Last Thursday, a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted one of two teen burglary suspects that were the subject of an East Montgomery County manhunt culminating in a SWAT scene on August 28.

Jorge Diego Diaz, 19, of Conroe, was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation. He was released on bond, then arrested again on Sept. 9, charged with manufacture / delivery of a controlled substance, at which time his bond was revoked on the burglary charge. Additionally, Diaz was determined to be an illegal alien and the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on him, meaning he cannot be released on bond and will be transferred to their custody for deportation either after he serves his sentence, if convicted. If found not guilty of the charges, Diaz will be transferred to ICE custody for deportation.

At the time of the burglary, Lt. Darrel Conn, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Dist. 3, said deputies responded to a burglary call at a residence in the 13600 block of Wigginsville Rd. east of Conroe, near Grangerland around 8:45 a.m. where they immediately found and arrested Diaz.

The second suspect, a 16-year-old, fled from the rear of the residence with a shotgun and disappeared into the woods, Conn said.

A large perimeter was established in the area by MCSO District 1 and District 3 patrol officers, and members of the Pct. 4 and Pct. 2 Constable’s Offices. MCSO SWAT, detectives and a Montgomery Police Department K-9 tracking unit also provided assistance.

After all other efforts to find the teen failed, officers changed their tactic, with marked vehicles leaving the area. About 45 minutes later an area resident saw the no longer armed teen emerge from the woods near the intersection of Johnson Mallard Rd. and Lovelady Rd., where he allegedly stole a bicycle and tried to flee.

Sgt. Scott Altamus and Deputy Jack Armstrong arrested him without incident.

Conn said the juvenile left a trail of stolen property as he fled, with the object of the burglary appearing to be weapons, which has been the case recently in several other area burglaries.

The 16-year-old’s identity is protected because of his age.

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