Aggravated robbery ends with arrest of son, mother
Aggravated robbery ends with arrest of son, mother
Leah Chase - Friday, September 13, 2019

On August 17, 2019, at 4:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies responded to a residence located in the Campti community in Shelby County in response to an aggravated robbery. Deputies learned that the homeowner was asleep and was awakened by the intruder. The homeowner stated the intruder was demanding money. The intruder forced the homeowner to the floor and forced her to empty her wallet.

The homeowner provided deputies with a visual description of the intruder. The homeowner escaped by locking the door when the intruder stepped outside on the patio. The homeowner then ran to call for help and the intruder shattered the glass door in an attempt to regain entry.

Through the investigation, SCSO Chief Deputy Kevin Windham obtained information on the suspect and the suspects' injuries. Chief Windham and SCSO Deputy Ruth Gonzales were informed that the suspect had received treatment outside Shelby County. Once the suspect was identified, information was obtained that the suspect and his mother were planning on fleeing to another country to avoid capture by law enforcement officials.

Chief Windham, Deputy Gonzales, SCSO Lieutenant Del Birdwell, and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office set up surveillance at a designated location in Nacogdoches County. Once the suspects’ vehicle was observed, it was followed from Nacogdoches County into Angelina County, where Chief Windham contacted the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department for assistance.

The suspects were arrested without further incident.


Raul Alexander Gomez, 19, of Nacogdoches, is currently being held at the SCSO on the following charges: Theft (SJF); Aggravated Robbery (F-1) and an ICE hold.

Artisma Margarita Gomez, 48, of San Augustine, is currently being held at the SCSO on the charge of Hindering Apprehension (F-3) and an ICE hold.

Chief Windham would like to extend his thanks to Deputy Gonzales, Lt. Birdwell, Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Jordan Long of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.


6th annual Halloween in the Hole
6th annual Halloween in the Hole
Leah Chase - Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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SCSO seeking assistance with cold case
SCSO seeking assistance with cold case
Leah Chase - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the 2012 murder of Ashton Randle.

On or about May 20th, 2012, the body of 23-year-old Ashton Randle of Logansport, Louisiana was located in a wooded area off of FM 139 in Shelbyville, Texas. It was discovered that Mr. Randle had been fatally shot.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office initiated a homicide investigation and the investigation has continued over the past 7 years with various leads and collection of additional evidence. Despite the passing of 7 years’ time, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has not forgotten about Mr. Randle and his untimely death, nor did his family and friends.

Although the homicide of Mr. Randle is seven years old, there is no statute of limitations for homicide in the State of Texas. The pursuit for justice continues.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information that will lead them to further evidence in this case and/or further information that will assist in securing a conviction for the suspect(s) involved, so justice can be served and bring the much-needed closure for Mr. Randle’s family.

You are encouraged to please contact SCSO Cold Case Investigator DJ Dickerson at 346-233-3309. Any information will be greatly appreciated and remember that you can remain anonymous.


Askew arrested for warrant, DOCS
Askew arrested for warrant, DOCS
Leah Chase - Monday, August 19, 2019

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, officers with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), operating off of a tip, went to a residence off of County Road 2703 in Shelbyville. The SCSO had received information regarding a fugitive being at the residence. Earlier in the week, officers were at the residence and a subject fled out of the back of the house and another was taken into custody on warrants.

Officers arrived at the residence and made entry into the home with the permission of the homeowner. Upon entry, officers recognized Christopher Askew, 34, of Shelbyville. Askew was wanted by the Board of Pardons and Parole in Marshall. At the time of contact, Askew appeared to try and go to a different area of the residence. He was immediately taken into custody.

Askew was found to be holding a bottle with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. An additional search of Askew for weapons turned up additional bags of a crystal-like substance, small baggies, and pills in two unmarked containers. A set of scales along with the baggies were taken as evidence as well. These items indicate Askew was packaging the substance into smaller portions to distribute.

The crystal-like substance was field tested and tested positive for methamphetamine. The aggregate weight of the substance was 135.3 grams. The pills were identified as Ecstasy (MDMA), weighing .8 grams and Alprazolam (Xanax), weighing 11.4 grams.

Along with the parole violation, Askew was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (F-1); Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 (F-3); and Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (SJF).

The SCSO was assisted at the scene by Constable Pct. 3 Roy Cheatwood.


Blood drive set for August 16
Blood drive set for August 16
Leah Chase - Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is hosting a blood drive in honor of Parker Chase, Friday, August 16 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The donor coach will be set up at RAYMOND MOTOR COMPANY located at 301 San Augustine Street in Center.  

Missing man found safe
Missing man found safe
Leah Chase - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

On August 5, 2019, at approximately 8:15 p.m., deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were dispatched to County Road 3090 in the Campti area in regards to a missing person.  

SCSO seeks assistance in locating suspects
Leah Chase - Thursday, June 13, 2019

On June 12, 2019, a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on County Road 1210 in Center. From past dealings, the deputy was able to identify the subject as Bradley Fountain, 31, of Center. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver and a female passenger fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The deputy pursued the fleeing vehicle, eventually losing sight. Additional law enforcement officers patrolled the area looking for the subjects. The vehicle was later found abandoned on private property. The vehicle was impounded. On June 13, 2019, a felony warrant was signed on Fountain for Evading Arrest/Detention with a vehicle. Fountain is also being sought for other warrants including Violation of Probation and Possession of Marijuana.  

SCSO warns area residents of scam
SCSO warns area residents of scam
Leah Chase - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that is circulating in our area. This scam is referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.”

The caller claims to be a relative (usually a granddaughter or grandson) and claims that they are in jail. The caller request that they contact a person at a certain number or tells them that a bondsman will be contacting them in a few minutes and ask for help in getting out of jail. The victim will then either receive a phone call or told to call a number given to them and speak to a person claiming to be a bondsman. This “bondsman” is a fake and will usually ask for a credit card number, or a pre-paid credit card such as a Green-DOT card, etc.,

DO NOT GIVE THE CALLER ANY INFORMATION. This is a scam. Find out what jail the family member is supposedly being held and call to verify whether they are there or not. Always meet a bondsman at their office or at the jail where you are bonding the person out.


SCSO seeks whereabouts of Dutton
SCSO seeks whereabouts of Dutton
Leah Chase - Monday, May 13, 2019


Can you answer the call?
Can you answer the call?
Leah Chase - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Part Time 9-1-1 Dispatcher. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen; 18 years of age or older; possess a high school diploma, and have a clear criminal history. Shift times will vary and applicants must be able to work weekends.

The applicant must be able to work well with the public and remain calm, rational and reasonable in often stressful situations. The applicant must possess a strong work ethic.

The hourly rate of pay is $13.42. Applications can be picked up at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office located at 100 Hurst Street in Center, TX. Applications can also be printed off by visiting our website at and click the employment applications tab. Resumes will not be accepted without an application. Applications must be submitted no later than May 24, 2019.