SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - An East Texas pastor and his wife said they were on a mental health crisis hotline hours before their son's alleged crime spree Monday and planned to take him to the Burke Mental Health Services center in Lufkin, Texas, that morning.
The pastor said they also called authorities before 26-year-old Alvin "Jerome" Davis Jr., of Center, Texas, allegedly committed three home invasions and two assaults in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana, stole two vehicles and drove a stolen tractor-trailer rig while being chased by law enforcement officers.
"I know that that's not my son," Alvin Davis Sr. said in an exclusive interview with KSLA News 12.
"Jerome was raised in the church. I mean, raised in the church. Jerome knows the Lord. Jerome knows the Bible."
The lead pastor at Open Door Baptist Worship Center in Center, Texas, is the one who reported his wife's car as stolen.
Authorities said that was toward the beginning of the series of events that led to a stolen 18-wheeler with no headlights on traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 49 from Mansfield to the Southern Loop exit at Shreveport, a distance of about 20 miles.
"And nobody was injured or killed. I think that's absolutely (the) grace of God," Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs said later Monday.
The big rig got stuck in on a dead-end road.
"Jerome is diagnosed bipolar with psychotic features," Alvin Davis Sr. explained.
He said his son has been in and out of psychiatric and drug rehabilitation centers for years.
Now the pastor is asking for the public to withhold judgment until all the facts are known. "And know that my child is not the only one that's dealing with bipolar tendencies and drug addiction."
More than anything, Alvin Davis Sr. said, he and his wife are in turmoil over the victims of the crime spree.
"We want to wait 'til everything kind of settles down. And we want to make contact, facial contact with the victims and express our sympathy and our, you know, our heartfelt, you know, empathy."
The pastor said he also hopes to speak with his son soon to learn more about what happened.
Alvin Jones Jr. faces charges of resisting an officer by force, illegal possession of stolen things, being an in-state fugitive and being an out-of-state fugitive.
He will be booked into Caddo Correctional Center once he is released from the hospital, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office reports.