Barricade in hotel ends with one arrest

Hamilton Hamilton A 34-year-old Rockdale man, wanted on multiple warrants, was arrested by 10 officers from four law enforcement agencies just after midnight Sunday in a Cameron motel room.

Lt. Kris Stringer of the Cameron Police Department said Reginald Darnell Hamilton was regarded as an "armed and dangerous fugitive" and had been sought by law enforcement for several months.

Hamilton was named on multiple felony warrants that included delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine). Stringer said authorities obtained a search warrant on those charges from Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Chip Dunsmoor.

Stringer said Hamilton also had other outstanding Pardon and Parole Board warrants for burglary of vehicles with intent to commit felonies out of Temple, a Texas Attorney General's warrant for non-payment of child support and 20th Judicial District felony warrants from Judge Ed Magre's court for fraudulent use of identifying information and credit card abuse.

Stringer said late Sunday the Cameron Police Depar tment received information Hamilton was in room 223 of Cameron's Varsity Motel.

"We attempted to make contact with Mr. Hamilton but he refused to come out of the room," Stringer said.

"He then barricaded himself inside the room," Stringer said.

After authorities obtained the search warrant officers broke down the door and stormed into the room, according to Precinct 3 Constable Herbie Vaughan, who participated along with drug dog PC.

Hamilton was arrested without incident. "I think having the dog along helped," Vaughan said.

Hamilton remains in the county jail. Bond was denied.

Those taking part in the raid included Cameron Police Chief Patrick Guffey, Stringer, Ofcs. Sheila Sager, Jason Lantz and John Mendoza, Constables Vaughan, Heith Kemper and John Anderle, DPS Trooper Mark Berry and Deputy Sheriff Eddie Veracruz.

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