Church caretaker, 66, fights back against thieves who targeted landscaper in Conroe


Conroe police say on Friday afternoon a landscaper was blowing leaves at the Ark Family Church in Conroe when he was approached by two men in car.

Police say one of the men grabbed his blower and tried to run off with it. The landscaper fought back and Tommy Gonzales, who lives on the church property, saw what was happening and came to his aid.

The suspect pulled a knife on Gonzalez and cut his him arm before running off into the woods. The other suspect took off in a maroon Buick.

Conroe police and Montgomery County Constables from Precinct 2 responded to the church and called for a sheriff's K-9 unit, who arrested the suspect after a 20 minute search.

Gonzalez's injury to his arm was minor. The suspect was taken to the hospital because of heat exposure.

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