MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX- When Oak Ridge North Police went to a local home to arrest a fugitive on Tuesday, they wound up playing an unwanted game of hide and seek. They also wound up arresting the fugitive’s girlfriend.
The suspect in the bizarre incident was identified as 20-year-old Darius James Lewis of Houston. Lewis is believed to have been involved in the burglaries of five businesses in Oak Ridge North alone. He had outstanding warrants for burglary through Montgomery County courts and was free on bond for felony charges. Public Data shows Lewis already has a lengthy criminal record, despite only being old enough to be charged as an adult for three years.
ORPD Officers tracked the suspect to a home in Oak Ridge North where he was visiting with his girlfriend, Shamere Tezeno. Upon officers’ arrival at the home’s front door, Lewis ran out of the home’s backdoor while his girlfriend tried to buy him time to escape. Unfortunately for Lewis, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office provided assistance, which prevented Lewis from successfully evading capture.
As law enforcement searched the immediate area for Lewis, he knew he couldn’t get past them. He knew he had warrants. He needed a disguise. With his heart racing and no time to lose, he decided to become a beloved Sesame Street character – Oscar the Grouch!
Darius James Lewis climbed into a stranger’s big green garbage can and was discovered there by law enforcement. They extracted him and placed him under arrest, along with his girlfriend. They were transported and booked into the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe.
Darius James Lewis, 20, of Houston was arrested on two felony bond forfeiture warrants and is, therefore, held without bond.
Shamere Kajah Tezeno, 24, of Spring is charged with third-degree felony Hindering Apprehension / Prosecution of a Known Felon. Her bond was set at $3,000.
Both cases will be heard in the 221st District Court in Conroe before Judge Lisa Michalk.