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Falls Co. Patrol Deputy held at knife point during attempted carjacking

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 18:27:44-04

MARLIN, TX — A Falls County Patrol Deputy was held at knife point during an attempted carjacking Saturday night.

Damon Demarquis Vanderbilt of Marlin was arrested and transported to the Falls County Jail charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.

On July 4th at approximately 11:00pm, an individual armed with two knives attempted to carjack an on duty Falls County Patrol Deputy in the parking lot of Falls Community Hospital.

The assailant approached the deputy from behind and held a knife to his throat and demanded the keys to his patrol unit, according to the Falls County Sheriffs Office.

When the Deputy refused to comply, the suspect attempted to remove the Deputy’s gun from his holster, at which time a physical altercation between the suspect and the deputy ensued.

The Deputy was able to call for assistance on his radio while fighting with the suspect, and the suspect was subdued and taken into custody.

The suspect identified as Damon Demarquis Vanderbilt of Marlin was arrested and transported to the Falls County Jail charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.

The Falls County Deputy received only minor injuries and was able to return to duty.

Officers from the cities of Marlin and Lott responded along with Falls County Deputies to this incident.