A man suspected of pointing a gun at a female motorist on CR 454 Tuesday was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.
Garrett Frey, 41, was arrested at his home after authorities received a tip that he was in the area.
“Units from the Erath County Sheriff’s Office responded and set up a perimeter,“ a release from the sheriff’s office states. “Members of the Region VI SOG responded and attempted contact with Frey,” who came out of his residence and surrendered.
The arrest came less than 24 hours after the incident began Tuesday when a woman called 911 to report that Frey had pointed a gun at her as she drove by him.
Units responded to the scene and made contact with Frey in the front yard of a residence located at 2606 CR 454. Frey then fled on foot and the Stephenville Police Department, DPS helicopter and a regional SWAT team joined the sheriff’s office in the search effort.
The search was halted late Tuesday night with no sign of Frey.
On Wednesday morning, Coates said he hoped for a peaceful resolution.
“We hope he turns himself in,” Coates said.
Residents living in the area were told to lock their doors and stay inside Tuesday night. Numerous reports surfaced on Facebook from residents who said they could hear the DPS helicopter flying overhead.
Coates would not speculate on what might have prompted the incident, but did confirm that Frey and his wife are separated.
The E-T received an anonymous call Tuesday morning from an unidentified man who said a house on CR 454 had some “interesting” graffiti spray painted on a barn and Frey’s truck.
“My neighbor’s house has graffiti and it’s interesting,” the caller said.
The E-T obtained photos of the graffiti on the truck that calls his wife a liar and says, “God help Frey fam.”
Frey is reportedly a former bull rider.
He has a criminal history including an arrest for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault in 2015, and possession of marijuana in 2017.
Frey is being held at the Erath County Jail charged with aggravated assault. His bond has not been set.