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Commerce Police Seeking Auto Theft Suspect

May 21, 2018

Commerce police continue to seek a suspect wanted in connected with a stolen car recovered in Commerce on Saturday. The suspect, identified by Commerce police as Lacey Johnson, eluded a multi-agency manhunt in Commerce that night.

Circumstances remain unclear regarding the incident, which officials say involved a stolen Ford Focus, described as gray with Georgia license plates. Police arrested a man identified as Patrick Carter. Neither Carter nor Johnson have had prior interactions with Commerce police, they said. Carter remains in custody and has been charged with evading arrest/detainment, resisting arrest/detainment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said.

Johnson was the subject of a manhunt which involved officers securing the area north of Live Oak Street from Prim Street to Washington Street. Helicopters and police dogs assisted in the effort which later shifted to the northeast side of Commerce, near Farm-to-Market Road 71. Texas A&M University-Commerce police, Department of Public Safety troopers, and Hunt County Sheriff's Office deputies participated in the search.

Officials say that Johnson could be armed, and is described as an African-American man, 5'10" tall and about 165 pounds. 

The Commerce Journal reported that police planned to release a statement about the incident on Monday, but as of 1 p.m. Monday, KETR had not received a release from Commerce police.