Elderly ETX crime victim's quick thinking helps lead police to suspect

Published: Feb. 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM CST
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JEFFERSON, TX (KSLA) - An elderly East Texas woman is credited with staying calm and thinking clearly when she was robbed at gunpoint in her own home over the weekend. Police say her actions helped them make an arrest.

According to Jefferson Police Chief Joe Hall, the woman reported on Saturday that she had been confronted at her door by a man with a pistol. It was someone she says had done some minor yard work for her recently.

The quick-thinking woman showed him that she had no cash, but convinced him that she could write him a check. Police say the robber agreed, she wrote the check, and he left her after jerking the telephone cord from the wall.

Although very scared, police say the woman was not injured.

Hall says officers were able to identify the suspect based on information described by the victim and later viewed surveillance video at a local business where the robber had attempted to cash the check.

A warrant was issued by Marion County Justice of the Peace Lex Jones for 37-year-old Torrance Christopher Rawls. Rawls was located in Jefferson late Monday afternoon. Hall says he ran on foot from officers for about a half a mile before giving up and being taken into custody without further incident.

Rawls remains in custody at the Marion County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers, Highway Patrol Troopers, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens all assisted the Jefferson Police Department in the investigation.

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