Officers and deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Burleson Police Department Tactical Team and the Stop the Offender Program Special Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 10359 Shadow Valley Court, Burleson, at about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 16. 

The Burleson Police Department Tactical Team and the STOP Tactical Team combined to more effectively secure the very large, two-story residence, officials said in a press release.

Upon making entry, officers detained Cathy Lynn Rutledge, 50. Also found in the residence were two children, ages 4 and 16, officials said.

Another resident, Steven Arden Cobb, a 49-year-old wrecker driver, was detained after he drove past his residence and, upon observing officers at his residence, fled the scene in a motor vehicle, officials said.

A Johnson County deputy stopped him a short distance away and Cobb and a 12-year-old child in the vehicle were transported back to the residence by officers. 

A search of the residence revealed that Rutledge and Cobb were in possession of about 3 ounces of methamphetamine and less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to the release, which indicates officers also discovered packaging materials, a scale, $1,330 in U.S. currency and two weapons.

A caseworker with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was called to the scene to investigate the health and welfare of the children found at the residence. The caseworker found temporary placement for the two older children and released the youngest child to the child’s mother.  The DFPS will conduct an independent investigation and follow-up to ensure the long-term safety of the children removed from the residence. 

Rutledge and Cobb were transported to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and booked in on charges of manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty group 1, 400 grams or more, a violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code, chapter 481, section 481.112(a)(f), a first-degree felony.

Upon being arraigned, their bonds were set at $100,000 each. Rutledge made bond a few hours later while Cobb made bond the following day.