Lamr County Crime Stoppers offers reward for citizens’ help on recent home invasion

Crime Stoppers Logo. 300 dpiThe Lamar County Crime Stoppers’ “Crime of the Week” is a home invasion about three weeks ago in the 1300 block of Bonham street, Crime Stoppers coordinator Curtis Garrett said.

On Jan. 8, Garrett said, Paris police officers responded to a call at the residence about two men forcing their way into the home.

The caller said when he answered a knock at the door, the two men pushed open the door, which knocked him down. He said one of the individuals took his wallet, and both fled the scene.

  • Suspect No. 1 is described as a black male about 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, a140 to 150 pounds with a short haircut, salt-and-pepper goatee, and “very bloodshot eyes.” He was wearing a black vinyl-ty[e (not leather) coat, very light-colored “ragged” blue jeans with holes on both thighs, and lime-green tennis shoes. He had a silver ring on his right middle finger. The victim said he was 90 percent certain the rink was a skull head.
  • Suspect No. 2 was a black male about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8, abougt 210 to 220 pounds, very light-skinned, clean-shaven and “seemed nervous.” He had dark-colored jeans and a black or dark navy blue pullover sweater — “not a hoodie.”

“If the information that you give leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the person or persons responsible, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 and you will remain anonymous,” Garrett said.

Persons with information about this, or any other felony crime can contact Crime Stoppers four different ways, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and remain anonymous:

  1. By  phone at 903.785.TIPS (903.784.8477)
  2. By going online to and submitting a tip there
  3. Sending a text message to “crimes” (274637)  and adding “tip120″ in front of the message
  4. Submit a tip by smart phone by downloading and using the Crime Stoppers’ new mobile app called TipSubmit. Visit the Crime Stoppers website for details.
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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.