December 7, 2022 11:32 am

Posted: 5.3.2015 13:01



At approximately 4:pm, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and acting on a Crime Stopper “tip”, JAMES RODNEY BURNETT was arrested just off CR 4950 in Fred, Texas and is now in the Liberty County jail. Burnett was arrested in a joint effort of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brett Audilet and Sgt. Investigator Billy Knox along with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Mashaw and the U.S. Marshal’s Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force. According to Sgt. Audilet and Sgt. Knox, James Burnett attempted to flee the arresting Officers on foot but was chased down through a very swamp filled wooded area and arrested about 200 yards from the CR 4950 location. At the time of his arrest, Burnett was unarmed and the .45 caliber pistol he is charged with stealing has not, at this time, been recovered but the investigation is continuing in this regard.

Also arrested at the scene was Crystal LaFrance, DOB 4-5-75, from Liberty County who was charged by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office with “Possession of Drug Paraphernalia” and placed in the Tyler County jail. A stolen camper trailer was also recovered on the premise and was retained by Tyler County.

Sheriff Bobby Rader said this is a clear example of the outstanding cooperative efforts between the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in networking and the sharing of information to accomplish a mutual goal. Sheriff Rader said we sincerely appreciate the assistance of Tyler County Sheriff Brian Weatherford and his personnel as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force who made the arrest of this fugitive possible.

James Rodney Burnett was arrested on the two (2) outstanding warrants from Liberty County of “Theft of a Firearm”  and “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon”. Judge Jim Moore, Justice Court Pct. 4 of Tyler County, magistrated Burnett where he was then transported back to Liberty County and is currently in the Liberty County jail.