Man charged with stealing redeemed bingo tickets in police custody after chase and standoff on Eastex Freeway

A man accused of stealing bingo tickets redeemed at an Indian reservation casino just outside Livingston has been arrested after leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff on the Eastex Highway on Friday morning.

According to Naskila Gaming, the man grabbed several electronic bingo tickets that had already been redeemed around 5:45 a.m.

When approached by Naskila Security, the guest fled the establishment and drove off in a white Dodge Charger.

Alabama Coushatta Indian Reservation Police Chief Rex Evans previously said the man entered the reservation and robbed the casino and its patrons.

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Tribal police were alerted and on the scene within a minute and the pursuit of the Charger began.

The chase passed through Livingston then south on I-69, the Eastex Freeway. The Polk and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices and the Texas DPS also joined the lawsuit.

The Charger experienced a burst tire after multiple collisions in Livingston, police said. The car came to rest between the Kingwood and Northpark exits near Kingwood.

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The suspect refused to come out, which resulted in a confrontation with several law enforcement officers just after 7 a.m. All lanes were then closed on the highway.

Law enforcement approached the vehicle with weapons drawn.

The suspect eventually exited the vehicle and surrendered.

Naskila Gaming says there were no other customers involved in this incident and there were no injuries at the casino.

Nohemi M. Moore