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Jennings Family Members Get Caught Allegedly Hiding Fugitive

February 16, 2024 – As the investigation continues into the automobile theft case reported by KSST News in early January, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputies made thier way to a residence on County Road 2300 to serve a felony warrant on Everett Jennings. 

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

Deputies knocked on the door and received no answer although two residents could be seen walking through the house. Deputies moved to the northwest side of the residence and observed their suspect, Everett Jennings, attempting to exit the residence through a bedroom window. The suspect quickly closed the window, retreating back into the house. Deputies were then met at a south side door of the residence by Juana Jennings. She was advised by deputies that were holding a warrant for Everett Jennings. Deputies made their way into the residence making contanct with Valton Jennings. 

Both Valton and Juana Jennings became combative with officers, grabbing the officers and using physical force to impede the officer’s advancement into the homestead. Officers were being prevented to make their way to the bedroom from which they saw Everett trying to exit via the window. During the scuffle, one deputy’s badge was knocked off, and another deputy’s bodycam was knocked off of his uniform. The two family members were contained and handcuffed before the deputies were able to resume their search of the residence. 

Once officers were able to search the bedroom and the rest of the residence, Everett Jennings was not found and it is believed he had fled the residence during the scuffle with the family members. Deputies discovered Everett Jenning’s wallet, driver’s license, and some checks made out to Everett in the bedroom where they had previously observed him. 

The two family members, Valton Jennings, and Juana Jennings were transported to the Hopkins County Jail and booked on several charges including Assault of a Public Servant, and Hindering Apprehension of a Known Felon, both felonies. Bond has not been set for either inmate on the charges as of Monday morning. Hopkins County law enforcement await Everett Jennings to turn himself in on the latest matter.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. You can reach them for non-emergency matters at (903) 438-4040.

Author: Chad Young

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