Deputies arrest San Augustine man on multiple counts

by Hale Hughes

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Tyler County deputies were dispatched to a residence located on Highway 69 north of Doucette regarding a suspicious vehicle on Sunday, January 8. Upon arrival, Tyler County deputies saw a silver GMC pickup with a white male sitting in the driver's seat. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Chandler Crowson of San Augustine.

As deputies had Crowson exit his vehicle, they observed what they believed to be large amounts of blood on his blue jeans. They asked Crowson if indeed it was blood, and Crowson responded that it was, and divulged to the deputuies that it was human blood. Tyler County communication officers contacted the San Augustine sheriff's office regarding Crowson. It was learned that earlier in the day around 4 a.m., San Augustine County deputies were sent out to the Crowson residence, which is located in Broaddus, about an assault that had taken place.

Once at the residence, deputies found Tina and Freeland Crowson with noticeable injuries. Both told deputies that they had been assaulted by their grandson, Chandler Crowson. Freeland Crowson was flown to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with severe head trauma and his wife, Tina, was transported to Lufkin Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Chandler Crowson was immediately arrested and transported to the Tyler County jail, charged with multiple counts of injury to the elderly, assault with bodily injury, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Crowson remains in the Tyler County jail under a $310,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. Crowson will be transferred to the San Augustine County jail later this week.