A Houston area man who admitted last month to breaking into a College Station apartment more than four years ago and threatening a woman with a gun was sentenced this month to eight years in prison. According to the Brazos County district attorney’s office, a Texas A&M student came out of her bedroom in the midnight hour to find the man in her kitchen. The victim returned to her bedroom and locked the door after he pointed the gun at her and started yelling obscenities. 24 year old Holden Crucet, who eluded officers during the January 2017 incident by cutting off a cast on his arm, was arrested 14 months later. His punishment followed testimony by the victim and prosecutors presenting his criminal history in Harris and Fort Bend counties.
It’s been nearly five years since Bryan and College Station police investigated a chase that went through the two cities. This month, two men in a SUV admitted to their involvement in firing their guns at three people inside a car. According to the CSPD arrest report, the Houston area men sold more than one and a half pounds of marijuana and were paid with $4,000 dollars in counterfeit money. In plea agreements with the Brazos County district attorney’s office, 27 year old Richard Russell was sentenced to six years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. And 27 year old Denzel Edwards was given two years probation from a one year sentence after admitting to deadly conduct. The chase and the gunfire that took place in June of 2016 started at 1:45 in the morning outside a College Station apartment complex on Harvey Mitchell near Holleman. The more than seven mile chase ended on Harvey Mitchell in Bryan between Turkey Creek and Leonard Roads. That’s after the SUV rammed the car four or five times and both vehicles crashed. No injuries were reported.
News release from the Brazos County district attorney’s office regarding the Holden Crucet case:
Holden Crucet, 24, of Houston, Texas was sentenced to 8 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
On January 31, 2017, officers responded to a call at The Cottages of College Station at 12:40 a.m. in response to a report of a man breaking into the victim’s home and threatening her with a firearm.
The victim, a Texas A&M student, told police that she became alarmed after she heard strange noises in her apartment. The victim left her bedroom and found the defendant holding a firearm in her kitchen.
When he saw the victim, the defendant responded by pointing the gun at her and yelling obscenities. The victim then fled to her bedroom and locked the door. While in her bedroom, the victim heard the defendant remain in her home until she called 911.
While College Station Police officers were on scene a man matching the description given by the victim walked past officers with his dog. Further investigation resulted in reports that the defendant cut off an identifying cast on his arm and fled College Station the next day.
On March 29, 2021 the defendant plead guilty to the second degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The Honorable John Brick ordered a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed by the Brazos County Community Supervision and Corrections Department.
This report indicated a theme by the defendant to minimize his conduct. The defendant also had a prior criminal cases in Harris County and was previously on probation in Fort Bend County for Evading with a Motor Vehicle.
In addition to information regarding the defendant’s past and the pre-sentence investigation report, the Court heard the powerful testimony of the victim regarding the impact of these events.