Shelby County Sheriff's Officers, Constables make Wednesday arrest

Suspect wanted by Palacios PD for violent sexual assault

On Monday, April 8, 2019, the City of Palacios Police Department contacted the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and requested assistance in apprehending a suspect who was wanted in a violent aggravated sexual assault case that occurred in their city.

The SCSO began gathering information on the suspect, Rogelio Avila Romero, 55, of Joaquin and requested the assistance of Constable Precinct 3, Roy Cheatwood and Deputy Constable Newton Johnson in locating Romero. Due to the nature of the charge, the suspect was known to have violent tendencies.

SCSO Lieutenant Del Birdwell, along with SCSO deputies Ruth Gonzales and Tanner Peace met Cheatwood and Johnson Wednesday, April 11 and traveled to the 1200 block of FM 139 in Joaquin where Romero was known to reside.

As officers approached the residence, a vehicle pulled out of the driveway. After a positive identity was returned, officers initiated a traffic stop and located Romero in the vehicle. Romero was arrested transported to the Shelby County Jail.

The SCSO would like to extend their thanks to Constable Cheatwood and Deputy Constable Johnson for their assistance in this situation.

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Timpson arrests made on drug charges by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

On Monday, April 08, 2019 at approximately 12:45 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies Josh Tipton and Jimmy Wagstaff, while on routine patrol, observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a car wash stall in Timpson.

As officers approached the vehicle, a male subject exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away. While walking away, Deputy Tipton observed the subject throw an object in a trash can.

Deputy Tipton detained the subject, identified as Phillip Lucas, 31, of Mt. Enterprise. The driver was identified as Ashley Phillips, 30, of Timpson.

Drug paraphernalia was identified in plain view in the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle and discarded item, officers located 8.5 grams of methamphetamine, 2.05 grams of pills listed in Penalty Group 2 and over four (4) ounces of marijuana. The paraphernalia found included scales and small bags for distributions.