Affidavit shows invaders sought marijuana in last weekend’s burglary

Ivory Tatum III, who survived forcing entry into the Oaks of Lewisville apartment with only a cut on his eye. (Image courtesy Lewisville PD)

The suspects intended to take back an unspecified amount of marijuana in the burglary last week that ended with one suspect dead and the other in custody, according to an affidavit acquired by the Lewisville Texan Journal.

According to the affidavit, Ivory Dewayne Tatum III and his friend, Edgar Espino had gone to an apartment at the Oaks of Lewisville at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday July 8 to confront the occupants about an unspecified amount of marijuana the suspects believed had belonged to Espino. Lewisville police Capt. Jesse Hunter had previously said there was no evidence to suggest that Espino and Tatum had a previous relationship with the occupants.

Upon arriving, Espino knocked on the door while Tatum stood behind him. When the door was opened, Espino, who was armed with a handgun, forced his way into the apartment and was shot immediately by one of the occupants with a shotgun. Tatum, surprised to see his friend had been shot, entered the apartment to help Espino and was hit in the head and held at gunpoint until police arrived.

According to radio traffic, Espino was dead when they arrived at the scene.

Tatum was transported to the Medical Center Lewisville hospital for treatment with a wound on his face. A detective arrived at the hospital around 2 a.m. and began questioning Tatum, who initially gave a fictitious account as to why they had gone to the apartment. The affidavit states he eventually admitted his intent during the course of the interview.

Tatum was handcuffed a little before 5 a.m. and was charged with burglary of habitation with intent to commit another felony. He was transferred to Denton County Jail on Sunday with a bail set at $100,000. As of Wednesday evening, Tatum was still being held there.

The gun used by Espino has not been traced, according to officials. Police are currently trying to get in contact with witnesses who had been in the apartment.

Hunter said there was several ounces of marijuana found in the apartment, but added there was no way to tie any of the drug to an individual. Hunter also said LPD’s narcotics division is not involved in this investigation and no arrests have been made in connection with the drugs as the focus on the marijuana was in connection to the burglary rather than the drug itself.