Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll reported that, after being on the lam for only a matter of hours in the stolen auto he took from his victim, 40-year-old Jason Lee Brown was behind bars Jan. 25 for assaulting and robbing a 74-year-old woman who had hired him to do odd jobs around her home.
According to the police chief, officers were dispatched to a report of an injured person in the 800 block of Ferndale shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 25.
“Upon arrival, officers learned that the homeowner was attacked by a handyman that she had previously hired,” Carroll reported. “The homeowner advised he had broken into her house and assaulted her.
“The handyman, Jason Lee Brown, had been paid for the tasks that he had completed. He returned to the residence and demanded more money from the 74-year-old female resident. When she would not give him what he demanded, he began to beat her causing significant injuries.”
Brown then stole her 2011 Lincoln Navigator and fled the scene prior to arrival of officers, the victim told police. The elderly homeowner was transported by Allegiance Ambulance Service to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
At approximately 1:10 p.m. the same day, an officer spotted the stolen Navigator in the area of Pine Street and Texas Avenue in Vidor. Brown was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility on charges of criminal trespass and aggravated robbery.