Keller teen awaiting trial arrested in another burglary, police say

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A Keller teen who was awaiting trial on a burglary charge after being shot in a bizarre run-in with Fort Worth police last fall was back in jail Wednesday, accused of another burglary, Keller police said Wednesday.

Joseph Michael Ross, 17, and two other teens -- Kyle White, 19, of Keller and Jarid Bennett, 17, of North Richland Hills -- are accused of breaking into a home in the 1200 block of Verona Way in Keller on Jan. 25 and taking about $15,000 worth of jewelry and electronics. Ross was arrested at his Keller home on Tuesday.

Police tracked down the trio after a witness reported a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood.

If convicted, each teen faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The homeowner called Keller police on Jan. 25 after discovering that her home had been broken into through her garage which was left slightly open.

Evidence led Keller police to White and Bennett, who were in custody on unrelated charges in Keller and North Richland Hills. Bennett was arrested separately.

In the earlier Fort Worth case, police suspect that Ross and another teen -- Levi Gouge -- used a baseball bat to break the glass of a back door to get into a home in the 10000 block of Tulare Lane in far north Fort Worth about 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.

A woman heard the two trying to break into her home, called 911 and fled to a neighbor's house.

Two Fort Worth patrol units arrived as the duo was heading toward a compact car to flee.

As one of the officers pursued the pair on foot, a 31-year-old civilian participating in the department's ridealong program jumped from the patrol car and ran toward one of the suspects, who was getting into the car.

The other suspect was at the wheel, and the car started backing up toward one of the patrol cars, police said.

A 55-year-old neighbor with a .45-caliber handgun stepped into the street and fired at the suspects' car as it headed toward the civilian, authorities said,

Ross suffered a minor arm injury while Gouge was wounded in the leg and hip. The two recovered from their injuries and were booked into the Mansfield Jail. Ross was released after posting $23,500 bail.

Ross was indicted in December in that case and has a court hearing scheduled for March 2 in Criminal District Court No. 2.

Ross was in the Keller Jail on Wednesday with bail again set at $25,000. White was in the Tarrant County Jail in lieu of $26,000 bail, facing an additional drug charge, according to Tarrant County Jail records.

Bennett was also in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $36,000, facing a drug charge and a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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