Jewelry heist suspect wanted in Tennessee arrested in southwest Houston

Authorities say a fugitive chase through several states ends here in Houston
February 25, 2014 8:33:34 PM PST
The last of a group of suspects wanted in a high end jewelry heist is in custody. SkyEye HD was over the scene in southwest Houston as officers arrested Rodrick Walker.

Houston police are looking into whether Rodrick Walker and his alleged accomplices, Chadwick Bailey, Dalton Francis, Andrew Penrice and Maurice Williams are responsible for any jewelry heists in Houston. The same goes for Atlanta police. They are already charged out of Tennessee, accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of watches and jewelry.

Police surrounded apartment building on Hillcroft near the Fort Bend Toll Road this evening. Their guns pointed towards the third floor apartment. Officers arrested Walker, but he didn't give up easily.

The SWAT team was called out to the scene and finally made entry just before 6pm. Walker suffered bite marks from a K9.

"We had to breach the door, we sent the K-9 in and he had a slight altercation with the K-9," said Sgt. James Bilinovich with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.

Two-year-old Bear helped take Walker into custody. The 34-year-old was wanted out of Memphis, Tennessee accused with at least five others in a smash and grab robbery of a mall jewelry store. In January, masked men got away with $700,000 worth of Rolex watches and jewelry.

Now authorities believe four out of five of the suspects committed the crime there and then returned to Houston. Walker was the last of the five to be arrested, cornered in one room by the dog while his one-year-old son was alone in another room.

Police handed over the toddler to a family member. Walker is at the HPD jail. Bailey, Penrice and Williams are in the Harris County jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee. Find Jessica on Facebook at ABC13JessicaWilley or on Twitter at @jwilleyabc13

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