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Friendswood Police Activity Report
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Friendswood Police Activity July 11 through 17, 2011

 

Narcotics

 

July 11 (12:43 a.m.) Dru Benjamin Steiner, 19, of Alvin was charged with Possession of an Illegal Smoking Substance.  Steiner was stopped when the officer noticed that the license plate on his vehicle did not belong on that vehicle.  During the investigation, Steiner was found to be in possession of small packets of potpourri and incense.

 

July 11 (1:26 a.m.) Richard Michael Wagner, 21, of Alvin was charged with Possession of Marijuana.  Wagner was stopped for a traffic violation in the 2600 block of W. Parkwood.  During the stop, the officer observed marijuana residue in the car.  Wagner admitted to having the drug in his possession.

 

July 11 (4:15 p.m.) Harold Gordon Grace, 60, of Friendswood was charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug.  Friendswood EMS called for police assistance in the 100 block of N. Friendswood drive.  Grace was shaking uncontrollably and was having trouble speaking. Grace asked the officer to get his medication out of his vehicle so that he could take a pill.  The officer found a bottle of Soma with the prescription label scratched off.  Grace refused transport to the hospital; instead, he was taken to jail.  Grace told police that he got the pills from a pain clinic.

 

July 13 (2:30 a.m.) Michael William Eakin, 26, of Pearland was charged with Possession of an Illegal Smoking Product.  Eakin was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1000 block of S. Friendswood Drive.  The officer observed that Eakin's pockets were full and asked him to empty them.  Eakin was found to be in possession of packets of "Aftershock" and "Southern Select" which are synthetic marijuana products listed as not for human consumption.  Possession of such products is in violation of city ordinance.

 

July 14 (2:41 a.m.) Devin Rene Rodriguez, 20, of Alvin was charged with Possession of Marijuana. She was stopped in the 100 block of W. Edgewood because her vehicle's registration expired in December 2009. The inspection sticker expired in November 2010. Rodriguez was extremely nervous and was asked for consent to search her vehicle.  She agreed. The officer found a small container of marijuana inside her purse. She told the officer that she forgot that the marijuana was in her purse. 

 

July 14 (7:10 p.m.) Christopher Charles Wanek, 23, of Pearland was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 and Candi Nicole Birchfield, 23, of Houston was cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Wanek was stopped in the 1900 block of S. Friendswood Drive for having an inspection sticker that expired in 2007. Wanek did not have a driver's license and is ineligible to receive one. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue and another glass pipe with a usable amount of methamphetamine still inside it. Birchfield told officers that she had two baggies containing methamphetamine residue that she had hidden in her underwear.

 

The next day, July 15 around 3:13 p.m., Birchfield was out driving the same car, with expired temporary tags and the expired inspection sticker.  And, again, the vehicle was stopped, this time in the 5000 block of FM 2351.  Birchfield and her passenger began chain-smoking cigarettes and acting very nervous so the officer asked Birchfield to step out of the car. She told the officer that she was a methamphetamine user and consented to a search of her car.  The officer found a pipe containing crystal methamphetamine residue in the center console and asked Birchfield if she had any more methamphetamine.  She did.  Stuck to her breast was a baggie containing several crystal methamphetamine rocks. Candi Nicole Birchfield, 23, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group I, a felony.

 

July 15 (2:20 a.m.) Jacob Chandler Carothers, 19, of Dickinson, was charged with Possession of an Illegal Smoking Product.  Carothers was stopped in the 2300 block of West Blvd because he had both his front and rear license plates covered with paper. Drug paraphernalia was observed inside the vehicle, and a more detailed search discovered a stash of "Kush," synthetic marijuana and two "one hitter" cigarettes.

 

July 15 (2:04 a.m.) Christina Michea Shubert, 19, of Carthage, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3.  Shubert was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the 2700 block of S. Friendswood Drive.  Following a probable cause search, Shubert was arrested for possessing Xanax.

 

July 16 (4:39 p.m.) Fred Alexander Balderrama, 24, of Pasadena, was charged with Falsification of Drug Test Results.  Balderrama was stopped in the 300 block of N. Friendswood Drive for having an expired registration. His passenger, Melissa Jones Wendell had outstanding warrants. Balderrama consented to a search of his vehicle.  Inside, officers found a synthetic urine kit along with two prescription bottles. Balderrama told officers that he smokes marijuana and had purchased the synthetic urine kit in order to pass a pre-employment drug test.

 

July 17 (2:28 p.m.) John Anthony Arrendondo, 22, of Livingston, Christopher Alan Arrendondo, 20, of Goodrich, Kenneth Edward Ringo, 23, of Livingston and Chelsea Leann Adams, 19, of Livingston, were charged with Possession/Use of an Illegal Smoking Product.  All of them were inside a vehicle suspiciously parked behind HEB in the 700 block of W. Parkwood Avenue with smoke coming billowing out from the interior of the vehicle. As the officer got closer, he saw that the passengers were passing around the smoking item. He asked what they were smoking and they handed the officer a bag of synthetic marijuana and zig zag rolling papers. Ringo also had outstanding warrant through Harris County Precinct 8 and Webster.

 

July 17 (10:43 p.m.) Roberto Quinones-Lopez, 19, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Lopez was stopped for speeding in the 1900 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. He had a marijuana pipe inside his vehicle.

 

July 15 (9:52 p.m.) Saquahna Wheeler Cary, 32, of Pasadena, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Public Intoxication.  Officers were dispatched to a disturbance at 4949 FM 2351. When officers arrived, they found Cary on the front porch of an apartment with all of her belongings. Cary was intoxicated and had outstanding warrants in Deer Park and Seabrook.  Officers found a pen in Cary's purse that she had used to snort methamphetamine.

 

Driving While Intoxicated

 

July 12 (2:43 a.m.) Krystal Charles, 24, of Friendswood was charged with DWI.  Charles was observed driving recklessly in the 300 block of E. Parkwood.  She failed a field sobriety test and registered .134 on a breath test.

 

July 12 (6:45 p.m.) Bart M. Shuford, 32, of Orange was charged with DWI.  Shuford was involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 1600 block of S. Friendswood Drive but fled the scene.  Several witnesses followed Shuford, providing information to police.  He was located at a restaurant in the 1700 block of W. Main in League City.  He displayed signs of intoxication, including stumbling as he walked and slurred speech. He admitted to drinking several pitchers of beer before driving.  He failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to a breath test.

 

July 14 (12:05 a.m.) Suzanne Streetman, 47, of Pearland was charged with DWI. An officer observed Streetman's vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, running and with the driver's door wide open in the 5200 block of FM 2351. The officer began looking for the driver when he was flagged down by a motorist who pointed to a woman who was in the middle of the road and bent over. The officer ran over to her to prevent her from being run over and found Streetman standing over an injured rabbit and crying. Streetman told the officer that she hit the rabbit with her vehicle. Streetman appeared to be intoxicated.  She was escorted back to her car where the officer conducted a field sobriety test. She failed the field sobriety test and refused a breath test.  When Streetman realized that she was going to jail, she started to fight with the officer in an attempt to stop him from placing her in custody.

 

July 14 (11:57 p.m.) Laura Regina Couvillon, 43, of Friendswood, was charged with DWI, 2nd offense.  Couvillon was stopped in the 3600 block of Townes Forest Rd. She exhibited signs of intoxication and lost her balance as she got out of the car.  She failed a field sobriety test and registered .164 on the breath test.

 

July 17 (11:00 p.m.) Jill Marie Phillips, 41, of Friendswood, was charged with DWI.  Officers were dispatched to a reckless driver entering Friendswood from Interstate 45. The vehicle was stopped in the 100 block of Bay Area Blvd after it narrowly missing striking a concrete barrier. Phillips exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and tried to walk away from the arresting officer. She refused to submit to a breath test.

 

Burglary

 

July 15 (2:24 p.m.) A toolbox mounted in the back of a pick up track was burglarized sometime between 3:00 p.m. July 14 and 10:00 a.m. July 15 in the 17100 block of Bougainvilla. An assortment of tools were taken from the toolbox.

 

July 11 (9:11 a.m.) Electrical wire was reported stolen from a home under construction in the 1000 block of Knoll Bridge in West Ranch subdivision. 

 

July 15 (10:14 a.m.) Checks and money orders were reported stolen from an apartment complex drop box. The theft occurred in the 3100 block of W. Bay Area Blvd in early July.  The unknown suspect used some type of angled tool to steal the items.

 

July 16 (9:28 p.m.) Cody James Robinson, 19, of Friendswood, was charged with Criminal Trespass.  Officers responded to the apartments located at 4949 FM 2351 regarding a possible burglary of a motor vehicle in progress.  A witness reported one man rummaging through a car that he accessed through an open passenger side window and the other man acting as the lookout. An officer found the two men. The owner of the car arrived and advised that she did not know the two men and had not given anyone permission to go into her car. She could not find anything missing.  Robinson was the made identified as being inside the car.  His accomplice, Jack Quinn, 28, of La Porte, was released without charges.

 

Fraud

 

July 11 (4:25 p.m.) A charity organization based in Friendswood is receiving hundreds of calls from people all over the country who are receiving checks that the organization did not authorize.  The fraudulent activity was first discovered on July 5 when a woman called the charity thanking them for the check she received. So far, the organization estimates close to $1 million worth of fraudulent checks have been issued.

 

July 12 (9:40 a.m.) A resident reported finding unauthorized transactions to her online bank account.  The unauthorized transactions included payments to UNICEF, Yahoo and the Dallas Morning News.

 

July 14 (9:53 a.m.) A Houston woman reported that her husband's debit card number was used at a local gas station on July 12 by an unauthorized person. She was called by her bank the following day and told that two other attempts to use the debit card were made at local grocery stores; however, the purchases were declined. The gas station provided the Houston woman with security camera photographs of the female suspect.

 

July 15 (10:45 a.m.) Another Friendswood resident discovered that she was the victim of fraud when she discovered three fraudulent checks written against her bank account.  The bank has since credited her account and the account has been closed.

 

Domestic Violence

 

July 11 (7:00 p.m.) Guillermo Leon Flores, 45, of Alvin was charged with Assault by Contact (Family Violence).  Flores was involved in an argument with his girlfriend while they were driving in Friendswood.  The victim told police that Flores assaulted her as she was driving so she pulled into a parking lot in the 700 block of W. Parkwood.  The victim got out of the car, but Flores drove away.  Police found him a short distance away.  Flores has a prior conviction for domestic violence in 2008.

 

July 15 (11:59 p.m.) Raymond Alexander Brown, 21, of Alvin, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 5000 block of FM 2351. A witness told police that a man assaulted a woman and then chased her into the street. The female victim was found at a nearby convenience store with facial injuries.

 

July 17 (12:19 a.m.) Joshua Aaron Steptoe, 23, Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury and Evading Arrest and Detention.  Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in an apartment at 17201 Blackhawk Blvd. When they arrived, they heard arguing and announced themselves at the door.  As officers entered the apartment, Steptoe, jumped from a second story balcony and ran.  He was caught a short time later. Steptoe has a history of domestic violence in Texas and Illinois and is currently on probation two assaults on family members.  He was sentenced in January 2010.

 

Evading Arrest

 

July 14 (7:00 p.m.) Reynaldo Delacerda, Jr., 24, of Houston was charged with Evading Arrest in a Vehicle.  An officer attempted to pull over Delacerda's vehicle in the 4600 block of FM 2351 because the vehicle had an expired temporary license plate. As the officer got closer, Delacerda began driving erratically, unsafely switching lanes, back and forth, and then driving at a high rate of speed and tailgating other drivers. Just as the officer caught up to Delacerda and positioned himself behind the vehicle, Delacerda abruptly hit the brakes and turned into the center median and almost causing a car to crash into the back of him.  The officer had to find a safe place to turn around and lost sight of the vehicle for a few moments before spotting the vehicle at a gas pump in the 4600 block of FM 2351. Delacerda began to walk away from the officer toward the front of the convenience store. Delacerda admitted to the officer that he was trying to get away from him because he had just received two tickets in Houston for the expired license plate. The officer walked Delacerda back to his vehicle and noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the car. Delacerda told the officer that he had already disposed of the marijuana in the trash can. Delacerda is a convicted felon.  His list of arrests includes weapons charges to narcotics trafficking. During an inventory of the vehicle, the officer also found a synthetic urine kit.

 

Public Intoxication

 

July 15 (2:35 a.m.) Loryn Brooke Childers, 23, Friendswood was charged with Public Intoxication.  Officers responded to the 400 block of N. Clear Creek for a woman banging on a door. When they arrived, they found Childers, who was highly intoxicated.  She was hallucinating and having some type of paranoid episode.  Relatives advised that she had been drinking all day but made no mention of any drug use.

 

Other Notable Arrests

 

John Aaron Duke, 25, Friendswood, traffic charges

Jacob Ryan Nisbett, 25, Lake Jackson, warrant

Mata, Juan Manuel Jr., 17, League City, Failure to Identify

Meshell, Dorothy Elaine, 30, Alvin Warrant

Johnson, Jordan Rueben, 22, League City Warrant

Sarah Ann Shannon, 26, Friendswood warrant

Zachary Brooks Martindale, 23, Friendswood, warrant

Christian Carlos Vargas, 47, Pearland, warrant

Vonshanique Daniell Addison, 20, Rosharon, traffic

Mark Allen Barnett, 46, Pearland, warrant

Erick Arthur Dopp, 32, Friendswood, warrant

Keith Allen Escobedo, 19, Friendswood, traffic

Pierce Laverne Bishop, 20, Houston, public intoxication

 

TIP OF THE WEEK

 

Evading arrest refers to crimes where a criminal suspect has intentionally avoided police officers who are legally attempting to make an arrest. By evading arrest, a suspect may hope to escape arrest, but instead find him or herself charged with additional crimes or more severe sentences as a result. There are several different methods of evading arrest, all considered criminal actions. One way is if the suspect runs away from an officer who is trying to arrest or detain him or her. In Texas, the criminal charge is more serious if the suspect uses a vehicle in an attempt to escape a police officer.

 

Evading lawful arrest is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences. When evading arrest results in a car chase or involves others, it puts the lives of innocent people at risk. Those evading arrest have involved themselves in hostage situations, traffic accidents, and severe or even fatal confrontations.

 

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