In the evening of December 7, 2023, Sulphur Springs Police Department responded to a report of a Burglary of Motor Vehicle on Mockingbird Street. According to authorities, a vigilant caller notified law enforcement after spotting a suspect attempting to enter a vehicle in a driveway. The suspect was captured on camera and later fled the scene in a black car.
A Hopkins County Sheriff's Office Texas Deputy, while traveling down Mockingbird Street, observed a small black SUV exceeding the speed limit. The deputy attempted to pull over the vehicle for further investigation. However, the suspect accelerated at a high rate of speed, entering Interstate 30 and heading eastbound.
Despite the deputy activating emergency lights and siren, the vehicle failed to yield, leading to a pursuit on Interstate 30. The chase continued onto FM 69, where, at County Road 2316, one of the occupants, identified as Marquay Brown, exited the vehicle and surrendered to Texas DPS Troopers.
The pursuit persisted onto SH 11 East, then westbound on SH 11 towards Sulphur Springs. The suspect drove recklessly, without lights, into oncoming lanes. The pursuit reached the city, where officers successfully deployed stop sticks on Broadway, leading the vehicle to crash into a building at 1065 Gilmer Street (TitleMax).
Following the crash, the driver, identified as Aaron Jones, fled on foot across Linda Drive but was apprehended by Sulphur Springs Police Department. Inside the vehicle, deputies discovered two stolen firearms, confirmed as stolen by the Greenville Police Department. Further investigation revealed that both Jones and Brown had criminal histories, being felons.
Aaron Kieth Will Jones, 19, of Nash, Texas, and Marquay Tawon Brown, 20, of Texarkana, Texas, were transported to the Hopkins County Jail and booked on multiple charges, including evading arrest, theft of firearms, and unlawful possession of firearms by felons. Jones faces a total bond amount of $165,000, while Brown's bond is set at $90,000.