Fugitive former Tech football player surrenders

Reuben Houston, who was arrested on drug charges in 2005,  had been on the run since September, when he allegedly brought a gun to the home of a family whose child had gotten into a fight with Houston's daughter, according to Katrina Crouse, a senior inspector for the Marshals Service.

Crouse said earlier this month that few details were available on Houston's arrest warrant but said his daughter "got into some kind of dispute with another child, and he became very unhappy about it."

Houston went to the family's house in Cobb County to confront the parents about it, Crouse said.

"He got angry, pulled a gun and held everybody at bay for about five minutes," she said.

One of the family members tried to wrestle the gun from Houston, who eventually left.

Crouse said investigators had been looking for him since that time. Houston was wanted for making terroristic threats and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon because of 2005 charges connected to a marijuana distribution ring.

Houston, still playing cornerback for Georgia Tech at the time, was accused of helping smuggle more than 90 pounds of marijuana into Atlanta. He accepted a plea agreement to lesser charges a year later.

At the Cobb jail on Friday, Houston told WSB-TV that he learned of the new charges from a relative who saw news reports about them last week.

"I was just as surprised as everyone else when I saw this on TV," he told WSB.

Houston, 27, played high school football at Starr's Mill in Fayette County before playing at Georgia Tech from 2002 to 2005.

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