FROM STAFF REPORTS
GRANITE SHOALS — After a suspect in a sexual assault of a child case didn’t come to the door when officers knocked, Granite Shoals police used a spotlight and a public address system to help get the man.
Officers were serving a felony warrant about 11 p.m. March 27 at a home in the 1100 block of Phillips Ranch Road after seeing the suspect’s vehicle at that location. Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson said officers first knocked on the door, but nobody responded.
Officers did detect movement in the home and noticed shadows, Wilson said.
Believing someone was in the home, the officers continued to try and get that person to come to the door. But when those efforts failed, they used a police unit’s public address system to call for the suspect as well as additional lighting.
Eventually, the officers made contact with the suspect through a bedroom window. The man then come out of the house and complied with officers, Wilson said.
Officers charged Richard Edward Davis III, 33, with sexual assault of a child for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in 2013. Wilson said the investigation began after a third-party reported a possible relationship between the suspect and a then-14-year-old girl.
Investigators believe the relationship lasted between two to three months during the summer of 2013, Wilson said.
After further investigation and questioning of the girl and other witnesses, officers secured an arrest warrant for Davis.
Officers booked Davis into the Burnet County Jail. He was released March 28 after posting a $5,000 bond.
Wilson said he wants people to understand it’s important to report these types of crimes.
“Too many crimes of this nature go unreported,” he said. “It is the duty of anyone that believes a child is a victim of abuse or exploitation to contact police immediately. You could be the outcry that has not been made or can’t be made by the victim. Ending abuse and keeping children safe is a paramount duty of mine and of my department.”
Anyone with information regarding this alleged crime should call the Granite Shoals Police Department at (830) 598-4818 or the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-8477. All tips to the Crime Stoppers line are anonymous.