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79-year-old man stands off drug crazed intruder

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JOHN CAPPS
Ellis County Press
Midlothian - Gerald Merrick Easter, b/m, 24, of Austin was arrested June 11 by the Ellis County Sheriff´s department for criminal trespass after he allegedly forced his way into the residence of an elderly Midlothian couple.

In an Ellis County Sheriff´s Office report, U.M. Crenshaw, 79, of Midlothian said Easter parked a vehicle by the roadway in front of his residence while Crenshaw worked in his front yard.

Crenshaw said he did not know Easter, but Easter allegedly approached him and spoke in an incoherent manner. Crenshaw said in the report Easter followed him to his back yard and through the back door into the kitchen area of the residence.

Crenshaw said he told Easter to leave several times, but Easter refused. Crenshaw said he feared for the safety of his 76-year-old wife, and reportedly Crenshaw shot Easter in the left knee with a .38 Cal pistol.

According to the report, when Sheriff´s Deputy Greg Gaunt arrived at the scene, Crenshaw held Easter at gun point in the back yard of the residence while he waited for police.

Gaunt advised Easter to lie flat on the ground, but Easter bolted through the open back door. Gaunt pursued him into the residence and again ordered him to lie down.

Gaunt said in the report Easter approached him and appeared to have what Gaunt described as a deranged look. He told Gaunt he was going to Heaven because he was the Son of God. Gaunt found it necessary to temporarily blind Easter with mace to avoid physical confrontation.

A second officer arrived and helped Gaunt pull the suspect down while they at attempted to handcuff him, but Easter allegedly resisted vigorously and yelled that he was in Hell to see the Devil.

The two officers found it necessary to wrestle Easter to the ground several times until other officers arrived to give assistance. In the report, inspectors said they believed Easter was possibly under the influence of a strong narcotic.

Days after his courageous stand-off of the allegedly dangerous intruder, Crenshaw calmly told the Ellis County Press 'I am a veteran of World War ll, and I still know a lot about self defense.'

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