Joshua Neal Holden, 29, is now jailed on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bonds totaling $200,000. Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Holden last month on similar charges after his wife and their small children were found hiding in the woods.

Authorities say Lisa Holden fled to the woods after her husband Joshua beat her with a baseball bat breaking both of her legs. Investigators say Lisa stayed in the woods with her children for two days before she was picked up by police. She was taken to a local hospital and the couple’s children were placed in foster care.

Investigators have determined that Holden abused his wife for years and would keep her under lock and key in their home in Ben Wheeler.


Woman Robbed While Making Bank Deposit

LONGVIEW – Longview Police said the armed robbery took place Sunday at 2:45 p.m.  in the drive-thru area of The Capital One Bank located at 1111 Judson Road.

Police said the woman had gotten out of her car to make a deposit in the commercial drop box when she was approached by a man with a gun. The suspect then stole the deposit money and the woman’s cell phone and fled west from the bank on foot.

He is described the as a black male 5’’7” to 5’10”, with a slim build, and wearing a dark toboggan, a gray long sleeved shirt, jeans, and a gray or black bandana. If anyone has any information please contact Detective Terry Davis at 903-237-1157. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the Gregg County Crimestoppers at (903)237-7867 or online at


Arrest Made in Longview Convenience Store Robbery

LONGVIEW - Police have two people in custody and another arrest is expected in connection with Tuesday mornings robbery of the EZ Mart located at 1910 Judson Road.

Drew Antonio Davis, 26, and James Alexander Coombs 36, both of Longview were charged with Robbery Felony, 2nd degree and are both currently being held in the Gregg County Jail.

On April 10, 2012 at 4:44 a.m., officers responded to a Robbery Just Occurred at the EZ Mart located at 1910 Judson Road. When Officers arrived they found the clerk very disoriented. After reviewing the store video, officers determined that a black male and a black female entered the store and spoke with the clerk. The black female distracted the clerk allowing time for the black male to get behind the clerk and he struck her on the back of the head knocking her down. While she was unconscious, the suspects took the cash drawer from the register and a large amount of cigarettes. They fled the store prior to officer’s arrival.