Justin Earl Patscheck Ellis

A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after police say he tried to cash fraudulent checks at a Harker Heights bank.

Justin Earl Patscheck Ellis, 30, of Killeen, faces charges of forgery, burglary of vehicles with intent to commit theft and evasion of arrest. All three charges are misdemeanors, and in total, Ellis’ bond was set at $15,000.

Heights police were sent to Extraco Bank on report of the fraud, but the man departed the bank just prior to police arrival, according to a statement released by Public Information Officer Lt. Steve Miller. Police were able to locate the suspect and chased him on foot in a nearby neighborhood as he attempted to escape arrest.

Miller said the man jumped into the backyard of a home, where he was confronted by the homeowner, who had a firearm and attempted to shoot the man, but missed.

The man was eventually cornered and arrested in the 2400 block of Caroline Court.

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