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Man arrested after hiding from police

By CHRISTOPHER FERRELL

Eagle Staff Writer

A Bryan man was arrested Saturday after he hid in an attic after fleeing from police and then fell through the ceiling of an apartment and into a room where officers were waiting for him.

Marvin Ray Brooks was released from the Brazos County Jail on Sunday on $12,000 bail after he was charged with resisting and evading arrest and two counts of criminal mischief.

He was also wanted on warrants for theft by check and speeding.

Police were called to the 2300 block of Long Drive on Saturday after a person told officers a neighbor’s boyfriend would not leave. On the way to the apartment, police learned about Brooks’ warrants.

According to court records, Brooks was standing outside when officers arrived and started walking away when he saw them pull up. Police said they told him to stop at least three times, but he kept going and told them “you don’t need to talk to me” before locking himself in an apartment.

Officers told him to open the door because they wanted to talk to him about the warrants. Court records state he attempted to escape through a back exit but noticed an officer positioned outside the apartment.

Police made their way into the apartment and went to a back bedroom where a hole was found in the ceiling and had been barricaded by a closet door and some boards.

The Bryan Fire Department was called to the scene to bring a ladder that could be used to access the attic.

Police, armed with pepper spray, climbed into the attic and identified themselves to Brooks.

Police reports state that officers located him lying face down in a corner and yelled for him to surrender. When he did not, police affidavits say, officers tried to pull him up by his arm and shirt, but Brooks used his weight to pull against them.

Officers said they were afraid of falling through the ceiling during a confrontation and noted the temperature was very high in the attic, so they elected to fire the pepperball gun at Brooks.

When the gas was dispensed, police said Brooks began hitting and kicking the sheet rock in the ceiling to get out of the attic and fell through into an apartment below.

Court records state that when officers attempted to take Brooks into custody, he fought back and had to be physically restrained.

Evading arrest and both counts of criminal mischief that causes between $50 and $500 worth of damage are Class B misdemeanors, punishable by up to $180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Resisting arrest is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

• Christopher Ferrell’s e-mail address is cferrell@theeagle.com.

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