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UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

An Upshur County Commissioner and his son have been indicted by a grand jury for an October 2012 incident where they allegedly held a Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden hostage.

Former Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree and his son, Todd Allen Crabtree were re-arrested Friday after turning themselves in and were placed in the Upshur County Jail. They are both being held on $1.5 million bond.

The indictments are related to an Oct. 6 incident where Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Shane Bailey was reportedly disarmed and detained by two men while the officer was making a routine check for hunting law violations on private property in Upshur County.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the game warden used his cell phone to call for help. The game warden was released when numerous law enforcement agencies converged on the property.

Lloyd Allen Crabtree, 51, was named in five felony indictments, including three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer (first degree felony); one count of taking a weapon from a peace officer (third degree felony) and one count of unlawful restraint with a deadly weapon (third degree felony).

Crabtree's son, Todd A. Crabtree, 28, was indicted on three felony charges: One count of aggravated assault on a peace officer (first degree felony); one count of taking a weapon from a peace officer (third degree felony); and one count of unlawful restraint with a deadly weapon (third degree felony).

The incident last fall was investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Internal Affairs Unit and the Texas Rangers.

"We really appreciate the hard work on the part of our Internal Affairs officers, the Texas Rangers and Upshur County District Attorney's Office that went into this investigation," said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD's Law Enforcement Division director. "While this case still has to make its way through the judicial process, we hope these indictments will send a strong message that incidents such as this one will not be tolerated by law-abiding Texans."


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