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Armed suspect who broke into east San Angelo home arrested

Police say the armed suspect forced his way into a home and assaulted a 48-year-old woman.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A 27-year-old man was arrested Thursday after breaking into a home and assaulting a resident.

According to a San Angelo Police Department news release, on Thursday, Sept. 17, officers were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Allen Street for the report of an armed suspect who forced his way inside a house and assaulted the resident.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim, a 48-year-old San Angelo woman, bleeding and visibly shaken. Officers learned the armed suspect, an acquaintance of the victim identified as Whitney Darby, 27, had arrived at the house and demanded to be let in.

When entry was refused, Darby forced entry through the locked front door and assaulted the victim while displaying a firearm. 

Credit: Tom Green County Jail

A responding officer spotted Darby near the 400 block of Porter Street and attempted to take him into custody, but Darby refused the commands and a foot pursuit ensued. Darby was eventually taken into custody near Bird and Webb streets.

During the investigation, police discovered a recently-reported stolen white Hyundai Sonata in a nearby alleyway where Darby was named as a potential suspect, as well as another nearby home with evidence of forced entry.

After the lengthy field investigation, Darby was charged with burglary of habitation with intend other felony; unauthorized use of motor vehicle; harassment of public servant (by expectorate); and evading arrest detention. Darby also had an outstanding warrant of arrest for going off bond-abandon endanger child.

In addition to those charges, Darby is a suspect in at least two other recent felonious crimes and additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of those ongoing investigations, according to the release.

Additional information will be released when it becomes available.