Train stow-aways arrested in Gainesville

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

GAINESVILLE, TX - Five people discovered in rail cars in Gainesville are under arrest. Authorities say the people were hiding on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on Saturday.

The people are 18 year old Rachel Oaks; 25 year old Aaron Folkertsma; 20 year old Robert Stack; 25 year old Nicholas Cromwell; and 21 year old Michael Greenleaf.

Authorities say the stow-aways are homeless people from Texas, Michigan and Florida. Police are unsure where the people were planning on going.

All five are being held in the Cooke County jail on $15,000 bond for interfering with railroad property.

Two suspects also face charges of evading arrest.


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  • by Michael Greenleaf Jr Location: New Orleans on Jun 25, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    haha pretty ol eh..were Homless by choice we ride the rails to get places..yeah i've been caught on trains before even on BN and never done almost 3 months and charged with a felony for it..we're all out now still riding the rails and livin life..everyone in .Gainseville was cool to us when we got out thanks you guys
  • by Anonymous Location: Dallas on Apr 23, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    So what is the status of these five today???Are they still in jail???
  • by Jane Location: Lancaster, TX on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:40 PM
    My daughter is one of those kids caught...NO, she should not evaded arrest but, why should be getting on board of a NON-moving train w/open cabin be considered a felony?! Oh, and by the way, she is NOT HOMELESS!! Who confirmed this info ?!! The other guys she was hanging out ARE homeless and 'panhandlers' Rachael has worked until recently F/T, has her GED. She has aspirations to go to Beauty school. In her defense, I don't think that she had any idea that getting into a boxcar was a felony-I had no knowledge of this and I'm a college graduate! Also several of my adult friends confirmed they never heard of that being felony!! If my daughter is released, I would think it appropriate to have one of those monitoring devices placed, so there is accountability for her actions!! It will make her very humble but, also respect the laws that are in place! ,
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    A person cannot get on trains like these people did, BNSF have rules you have to obey by ever since they changed over and Santa Fe took over you cannot do anythimg out there now, its nothing like it used to be
  • by Neil Bloyd Location: Sherman on Mar 25, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    Good Job Copers, You should arrest every homeless person you see and put them in lock up. That has to be cheaper than just letting them leave town on the rail. I bet the extra weight the put ont he train was tremendous.
  • by Big Bertha Location: Healdton on Mar 25, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    That is so true Mork and Horton. These Comments make me laugh. Its great to comment on every article you see. Freedom of speach is AWESOME
  • by Steve Location: Ardmore on Mar 25, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    Bush's illegal war killed how many? Illegal torture, snooping on Americans and a whole host of other unconstitutional attrocities are committed by the Feds daily. Illegal alians running around every where. Yeah let's throw the book at these youngsters. Teach them a real lesson, crime doesn't pay unless you are a corrupt high level politician. If they were illegal alians they would have been set free. Give me a break. Set those kids free and quit being such hypocrites.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Mar 25, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    Well said Horton!!! Kudos :)
  • by Horton Location: Whoville on Mar 25, 2008 at 11:17 AM
    Seriously! That's the problem with the world today. Everyone is way to serious about everything! And you all think that you are 10 times more intelligent than the one before you. These comments totally crack me up - haha - There is not a person alive who doesn't break the law on a daily basis. Get a life and lighten up people. Have a coke and a smile and shut up already!
  • by TX Location: Texas on Mar 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    Lets say the "homeless" people get injured on one of these trains. Who do you think they will sue???And if you were a paying customer of BNSF, would you want unauthorized people around your merchandise?
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