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For Immediate Release

January 12, 2009 Tom Smith, Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal
San Antonio (210) 472-6646
The Texas Rangers and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Partner with Numerous Agencies in Texas Style Manhunt to Capture Capital Murder Suspect
LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – The United States Marshals Service’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force partnered with the Texas Rangers and the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office in the hunt for a murder suspect that had shot three females. Much of the search was at night on horseback behind prison tracking dogs with a DPS search helicopter circling overhead. All of this began after an early Saturday morning 911 call for help came in to the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch.  When officers arrived they found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Janice Trent (07/31/1953) was deceased, Allyson Trent (10/06/1976) and her juvenile daughter were seriously wounded. Jarett Eldridge (07/07/1979) was named a suspect and a murder warrant was issued.

After the shooting, Texas Rangers called their partners in the LSFTF and the manhunt was on. After locating Jarett’s abandoned car late in the afternoon on Interstate 10 in rural Guadalupe County, a request was made to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to bring in prison staff with tracking dogs and horses. A DPS helicopter was also requested and responded. The prison tracking dogs and horses arrived just before dark and the manhunt continued. Between the prison tracking dogs, the DPS helicopter and information developed, Jarett was found hiding near a vacant building at a rock quarry about two miles from his car. He was arrested without incident at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday and transported to the Guadalupe County Jail.

The United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas LaFayette Collins said, “I hope the person responsible for this tragic and senseless crime is held accountable. Thanks to the cooperation of all the law enforcement agencies, this dangerous suspect was quickly captured”.

Participating agencies in this arrest with the United States Marshals Service:
  • Bexar County D.A.’s Office
  • Luling Police Department
  • Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office
  • SAISD Police Department
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • Gonzales County Sheriff and D.A.’s Office
  • Gonzales Police Department
  • Texas DPS Aircraft and Highway Patrol
  • Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Rangers