Man attacks partner in crime with machete near Crosby, sheriff says

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter

CROSBY, Texas - A man attacked his partner in crime Tuesday with a machete after the pair stole a trailer near Crosby, according to authorities.

The incident was reported about 7 a.m. near the corner of Crosby Lynchburg Road and Texas Southern Drive.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet that preliminary information indicates the two men had stolen a small trailer. 

According to authorities, the men took the trailer from a nearby storage facility and were trying to make a getaway. East Houston resident Eugene Martin followed the suspects after seeing them take the trailer from his workplace, which is near his home in East Houston, authorities said. Martin said he saw two strangers in a white truck.

"That white truck backing up with the trailer, and I said, 'What are y'all doing?' (The suspect said), 'We're getting the trailer, stole it.' I said, 'What?' (The suspect) said, 'Consider this trailer stolen,'" Martin said.

Martin said he continued to follow the suspects down Highway 90.

When the thieves got onto Highway 90 and FM 2100, they got into a fender bender with Martin and things took a downhill turn. 

"Got out of the car, and (the suspect) got out with a machete, ranting and raving, and (the other suspect who) was riding with him, they get to arguing, saying they're going to jail now," Martin said.

"The suspects got out (of the truck) with (Martin). They had a confrontation," said Sgt. Hayes Jr., with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "Something went bad with the two suspects that actually took the trailer and one suspect took a machete and struck the other one in the back of the neck. The suspect fled, (looking) for help, and the second suspect fled on (foot)."

The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

Martin said he was just trying to do the right thing. He said he was lucky.

"I was trying to do good for the company and business owners here," Martin said. "That could have very well easily been me."

Investigators said one suspect is still on the run and the other is in serious condition at the hospital. Harris County Sheriff's deputies are still working on the investigation.

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