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Neighbors help Bell County Constable arrest suspicious man with gun

BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) - Alert neighbors helped a Bell County constable arrest an armed suspicious person near his home early Friday morning. 

Around 3 a.m. Friday, Bell County Constable Thomas Prado was woken up by a neighbor, who told him that his vehicle alarm had gone off. The neighbor told him he saw a man standing in a neighbor's backyard and confronted him. The suspect then fled to a retirement center behind the homes.

One of the neighbors had called 911, while another was on the phone with Constable Prado, who had gotten into his patrol car and was searching for the suspect.

He found the man, later identified as David Lee Welch, hiding near the retirement center, between a bush and the building. Constable Prado saw Welch drop an item near his feet. Temple PD and Constable Prado took Welch into custody, and Prado found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol on the ground where Welch was hiding. He was then arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Temple PD told Constable Prado that there were burglaries reported in the area on previous days.
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