Suspect rams neighbor’s new truck while fleeing
by Carla Noah Stutsman
Two people are in custody in the Parker County jail following the daring burglary of an Azle home.
Andrew Loyd Grams, 28, of Springtown, and Sonya Ann Grams-Downs, 27, of Fort Worth, were in jail as of May 13.
Grams was charged with burglary of a building and is currently held on $30,000 bond; Grams-Downs was charged with aggravated robbery. Her bond was also set at $30,000.
According to information from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor checked on the residence, located in the 7000 block of Tucker Drive south of Azle, after hearing its burglar alarm.
He then encountered two people attempting to escape the property.
Grams-Downs was driving a 2007 Ford Expedition which had been reported stolen out of Fort Worth, and Grams was driving a 2008 Mercedes stolen from the Tucker Drive residence.
The 63-year-old neighbor attempted to block the path of the fleeing suspects with his 2013 GMC pickup.
Grams managed to pass the neighbor and continued fleeing the scene. The female suspect, Grams-Downs, however, appeared to intentionally strike the neighbor’s vehicle with the stolen Explorer.
When Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators, along with members of the Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) arrived at the scene, they found Grams-Downs injured as a result of the collision, and the Expedition resting in a ditch.
Grams-Downs was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, where she was treated and later released from the hospital.
Sheriff’s investigators and FAST members went to work investigating and soon discovered Grams’ identification and location.
Both suspects were apprehended several hours later in Fort Worth. FAST members detained them at a hotel parking lot off of Interstate 35, north of Fort Worth.
Sheriff’s investigators said Grams and Grams-Downs had checked out of the hotel and were in a Chevrolet pickup in the parking lot of the hotel, attempting to leave.
The Mercedes was recovered in Azle, abandoned in a church parking lot with the stolen property still inside.
The Expedition was recovered at the scene, also with stolen property inside. It sustained extensive damage to the front end.
Sheriff Fowler said the successful apprehension of the suspects was due to the quick response of FAST members, U.S. Marshals, Sheriff’s deputies and investigators.
“This case could have turned out much differently,” Fowler said. “The investigative measures of our officers and deputies are to be commended. They teamed together to make a positive outcome with the arrests of the suspects involved.”