Man, woman arrested after violent crime spree from The Woodlands to East Texas
THE WOODLANDS, TX (KTRK) -- Two fugitives who were on the run, accused of a deadly crime spree, are now behind bars. Investigators say their violent attacks on women began 10 days ago, and they carefully picked their targets.
Authorities have now linked the married couple to four violent crimes in three different counties. But it all came to an end after a short chase along Highway 59.
With the Montgomery County SWAT team bearing down, Bobbie Grubbs led his wife Deedra into custody Friday afternoon. Both walking backwards with their hands in the air, they surrendered peacefully.
Bobbie was quickly put into a patrol car; Deedra, who complained about medical issues, sat along Highway 59 near Cleveland until she went to the hospital.
It was the end of what's believed to be a three-county violent crime spree. Reagan Jones will sleep better tonight.
"I've got four daughters and a wife, so I've been a little bit paranoid," he told us.
It was Wednesday morning when his neighbor was beaten and choked.
"She was completely bloody from head to her chest," Jones said.
And he says he saw the Grubbs leaving her South Montgomery County home.
According to sheriff's investigators, Deedra had done housework for his neighbor. On Wednesday, detectives say she was back to ask about more work and that's when Bobbie barged in. They say the couple beat and choked her and tied her up as they stole guns and jewelry.
On April 17 and 18, similar crimes were reported. One was in Harris County, another in Montgomery County at homes we've learned where Deedra Grubbs once worked.
But the most violent was Friday morning in Joaquin near the Louisiana border in East Texas.
The Shelby County sheriff says Bobbie Grubbs shot three workers at the Country Inn Motel. One died. He and Deedra had checked in Thursday night. They fled in one of the victims' cars and headed south, perhaps towards their home, where they had left their two daughters, ages nine and 12.
Their neighbor, Robert Hatch, told us Bobbie had been having a hard time finding work.
"Never seemed out of line to me," he said. "I loaned a battery charger, battery cables, an air compressor, they always brought them back."
CPS has placed the Grubbs' daughters in foster homes. Meanwhile, their parents are in jail. Deedra is charged with burglary and Bobbie is charged with aggravated robbery. However, the duo could face many more charges, including capital murder for that fatal shooting in Shelby County.
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