By Rodney K. Hays


A manhunt Monday night left many in Prosper and the surrounding area locking doors and looking for suspicious activity. Area police departments and Collin County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a hispanic male, who was later identified as Juan Cerrato.

Cerrato’s family initially called the Celina Police Department, the lead agency in the manhunt, saying that he was possibly intoxicated and they feared he might harm himself. He was also carrying a 9mm handgun, according to the Celina police Facebook page.

According to Sgt. Shea Scott of the Celina Police Department, Cerrato never threatened anyone else. "He just said he was going to kill himself and then he took off into a field," Scott said. The field was near Preston Road and Frontier Parkway, near the Celina and Prosper border. Scott said officers heard shots fired in the field, but didn’t know if the shots came from Cerrato or somebody else.

On Tuesday morning, Cerrato turned himself in at to Celina police. He was not charged with a crime.

"It was just a welfare concern," Scott said. "Our main concern was just to locate him so he didn’t harm himself."

Cerrato appeared at the police station in better spirits on Tuesday and said he had had a change of heart and did not want to harm himself. He was not in possession of the gun on Tuesday morning.

No one was in danger during the search. "He came in today and he was in better shape, so we feel good about that," Scott said.