Friendswood Police Activity Report January 1-7, 2013
Police File Charges on Second Juvenile in Channel 11 Featured News Report Alleging Excessive Force
Charges were approved by the Galveston County District Attorney's Office on Friday (January 4, 2013) on a second juvenile female who had physical contact with a police officer during an arrest that occurred on the evening of December 29, 2012 in the 500 Block of Kingsbury. The incident was featured on Channel 11 in a report aired on Jan 2, 2013. The juvenile is being charged with Resisting Arrest. The juvenile was not arrested the night of the incident because juveniles who had gathered at the officer's traffic stop had fled back inside a residence as back up officers arrived on scene.
Police officials also report that the juvenile featured in the news report on January 3, 2013 was involved in a previous physical confrontation with police on November 28, 2012, where she kicked a police officer. In this incident, police were called to the 100 Block of Stratmore, in the same subdivision featured in the news report, to investigate a complaint of a disturbance between a group of juveniles and the occupants of a vehicle traveling in the subdivision. During the police field investigation of this incident, the female juvenile featured in the news report was detained. She was cited for Interfering with City Officers (Municipal Ordinance violation) and released to a parent who had arrived on location.
Police officials have not been able to locate any record where the mother of the juvenile featured in the news report, Susan Coyle, has been issued a driver's license. A check of local agency records showed an adjacent local agency made a March 2009 arrest of Susan Coyle for No Driver's License, No Proof of Financial Responsibility and Failure to Appear.
Friendswood Police made a total of 20 in custody arrests of juveniles in 2012. This number represents a steady decline over the last five years and the number is down from 54 arrests made in 2008. In a city of 38,000 residents, police officials do not believe this number represents a significant juvenile problem. Police officials are concerned that 8 of the 20 arrests made in 2012 involved juveniles who reside in the subdivision featured in the news report.
Jan. 2 (5:53 p.m.) A bicycle was stolen out of a garage in the 900 block of White Pine Drive sometime between December 31 and January 2. The bicycle is a 26-inch blue Fuji Nevada.
Jan. 3 (11:09 a.m.) A burglary of a motor vehicle was reported in the 5100 block of Royal Parkway. The vehicle's owner got into the vehicle and noticed that his glove box was open and the passenger side front door was not closed all the way. A black Garmin GPS was stolen. The vehicle was left unlocked.
Jan. 4 (5:22 a.m.) Several vehicles were burglarized on Garden Drive. The first was reported in the 300 block of Garden Drive. The victim noticed that the glove compartment was open and the contents were on the front seat. A backpack, laptop, camera and gold chain were taken from the vehicle. Officers then found several items in a driveway in the 200 block of Garden. School papers, school books, a black binder and sunglasses belonging to a Friendswood High School student, were traced to a residence on Garden where three vehicles were burglarized. The officer found one vehicle with the driver's side door ajar and papers scattered over the front seat. An SUV also had papers on the front seat and an open glove box. The officer contacted the vehicles' owner who confirmed that the found items belonged to them and that a desk lamp was missing from the SUV. A short time later, another resident in the 300 block of Garden Drive reported that a truck was burglarized. The glove box was left open, papers were scattered, money and music CDs were missing.
Jan. 4 (12:17 p.m.) Two vehicles were burglarized in the 16200 block of Forest Bend Avenue. One of the residence called police and advised that he was missing a carton of cigarettes, but found a radar detector that did not belong to him. While the officer was taking the report, a neighbor came over and reported his radar detector missing from his truck. The found radar detector was returned to its rightful owner.
Jan. 4 (3:31 p.m.) A resident in the 400 block of Regency Court came home to find that the fence gate was open, the back door was open and the upstairs lights were on. Officers arrived and cleared the house. The burglary occurred between 9:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Thus far, the list of stolen property includes a television and jewelry.
Jan. 4 (6:22 p.m.) A welding machine was stolen from a workshop in the 4300 block of Lucian Lane. The workshop is located in a residential back yard. The last time the welding machine was seen was in late December.
Jan. 6 (7:39 a.m.) A vehicle in the 1300 block of Edgewater Drive was burglarized. A front window was broken out, the lower part of the dashboard and steering column were damaged. The rear license plate was also removed. Several items were taken from inside the vehicle including tools and an ignition interlock system.
Jan. 4 (6:18 p.m.) A trailer and stump grinder were stolen from the driveway of a residence in the 900 block of Riverside Court between 7:00 p.m. January 3 and 6:18 p.m. January 4. The stump grinder is described as a yellow colored Vermeer. It was on the back of a black 14 foot by 6 foot Big Tex trailer.
Jan. 5 (11:07 a.m.) A resident in the 2900 block of Scarlet Oak Drive was shopping at the Kemah Wal-Mart and later noticed that she her wallet was missing. She immediately got on the internet and checked the status of her debit card and noticed an unauthorized charge at an Exxon station in Baciliff. The card has now been cancelled.
Jan. 5 (2:03 p.m.) A neighbor living near a home under construction in the 2300 block of Lakeway Drive witnessed a bright yellow full-sized van stealing construction materials. The neighbor contacted the builder who reported the theft to police. Fifty rolls of roofing felt were stolen.
Jan. 7 (3:48 a.m.)A vehicle was stolen from the 400 block of Avondale. Officers were called to investigate suspicious activity in the area. The called was smoking a cigarette outside when she heard a car door open and the "door ajar" indicator sounding. She then noticed that someone was stealing her neighbor's truck. She watched as a man entered the truck from the passenger side and believes that someone was already in the driver's seat. The officer then contacted the truck owner who confirmed that his vehicle was stolen. The vehicle is described as a brown 2006 Ford F 150 four door pickup truck with Texas license plate AR99705. The truck has a "duck head" sticker on the rear window.
Jan. 3 (4:34 p.m.) Kyle Andrew Lange, 20, of Friendswood, was arrested on a warrant in the 2000 block of Pebble Lane. Lange was arrested near his residence for the warrant charging him with Theft-Probation Violation. Lange was recently arrested for Theft of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance at a Webster apartment. Lange's other arrests include weapons charges, burglary, theft, drugs and alcohol offenses.
Jan. 3 (8:35 a.m.) A report of fraud was taken in the 1600 block of Cascade Falls Drive. The victims told police that they received a Verizon wireless bill, listing an unknown subscriber, at their address. They also declined a Fed Ex attempt to deliver a package to the same unknown person with their address. The victims also advised that their credit card had been compromised in November. The case has been referred for further investigation.
Jan. 3 (11:03 a.m.) A resident in the 400 block of Trail View reported theft of identity. The victim told police that her personal information was comprised and several accounts were open with Comcast without her permission. The incident was discovered in August when the victim applied for a mortgage loan.
Jan. 2 (2:12 p.m.) Jeremy John Richard, 36, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Enhanced-Family Violence. Officers responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 16400 block of Bougainvilla Lane. When officers arrived, they separated Richard and his wife. The wife had signs of abuse around her neck but told police that nothing happened. Later, the wife made an outcry that concerned police. Richard is accused of pushing his wife into a wall and placing his hands around her neck and throat, impeding her breath. After the assault, Richard wrote a note saying that he would not physically or verbally abuse his wife again but before police arrived, he tried to destroy the note and spin the story in his favor. Fortunately, the evidence did not corroborate Richard's story. After Richard's wife was brought to the police station and a statement taken from her, officers re-interviewed Richard at his home. Richard confessed telling officers that he did put his hands around his wife's neck. He also admitted to writing the note but stopped before he was finished. Richard was taken into custody and transported to the Friendswood Jail. A request for an Emergency Protective Order was completed.
Jan. 2 (3:18 p.m.) Tania Aida Paez, 41, of Friendswood, was charged with Interfering with an Emergency Telephone Call and Assault by Contact. Officers responded to a disturbance at the Skyhawk Apartments located at 17231 Blackhawk Blvd. Paez arrived at the residence to pick up a child support check. But instead of just picking up the check and leaving, she entered the unlocked apartment without permission. According to the Paez' ex-boyfriend, Paez opened a bag of garbage and spread the garbage throughout the living room floor. The ex-boyfriend attempted to dial 9-1-1 using his cell phone; however, Paez became physical, and they began pushing and shoving each other. The ex-boyfriend was able to get Paez out of his apartment but she took his cell phone from him. Officers located Paez who denied having the cell phone. She claimed that she must have dropped it near some bushes. Later, Paez confessed to putting the cell phone in the trunk of her car. The ex-boyfriend also received a citation for Assault.
Jan. 5 (4:18 p.m.) A 14-year old Friendswood boy was charged with Assault by Contact-family violence after officers responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 2000 block of Sandy Lake Drive. The 14-year old was involved in a physical confrontation with his father. The victim told police that his son charged at his wife. He tried to stop the 14-year old when he was hit in the side of the face. The child was not removed from the scene at the request of the victim.
Jan. 1 (10:37 p.m.) Anna Pevzner Baer, 47, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-family violence. When officers arrived in the 3000 block of Autumn Park Court, they met with Baer's husband who told police that he had filed for divorce. Since that time, Baer has allegedly been verbally abusive toward him. However, this time when she started to yell at him, she also hit him with her hands and knees. The victim claims that he was hit multiple times in the head and groin, his glasses were knocked off of his head and Baer picked up a t-ball bat and began swinging it at him. Officers observed several broken objects in the house, along with the bat and visible injuries on the victim. Baer was taken into custody and an emergency protective order was requested.
Jan. 3 (12:50 a.m.) Shawn Bulent Butler, 19, of Houston; DeShawn Burak Bugler, 19, of Houston; and Rene De La Fuente, 18, of Houston, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the 100 block of Skyview Terrace. Butler was stopped for speeding in the 600 block of S. Friendswood Drive. The vehicle was occupied by six people including a 15-year girl, who was lying on the floor of the hatchback, and the smell of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle's interior. The officer searched the vehicle finding, a glass pipe, a silver pipe, three plastic bags containing marijuana residue, a small digital scale and a 23-ounch juice can converted into a secret container that had marijuana residue inside.
Jan. 5 (8:48 p.m.) Justin William Whitworth, 19, of Freeport, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the 400 block of W. Edgewood Drive. An officer observed Whitworth making an illegal lane change. Whitworth was very nervous and unable to tell the officer where he was coming from. Whitworth exited the vehicle and told the officer that he did have several weapons inside the vehicle. Officers found a BB gun, a black plastic bag labeled as Kush and a glass smoking pipe. The bag contained synthetic marijuana.
Jan. 6 (2:10 a.m.) Michael Martinez, Jr., 22, of Texas City, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia at the Baywood Apartments located at 5025 FM 2351. The on-site courtesy officer noticed persons hanging around a vehicle and dressed in dark clothing. The officer thought that the persons may be attempted to break into the vehicle and went to investigate. Martinez was identified and is not a resident of the apartment complex. He got into a vehicle where he and the driver were questioned. The officer was allowed consent to search the vehicle. He found a bag of synthetic marijuana; Martinez claimed the contraband was his.
Driving While Intoxicated
Jan. 1 (4:52 a.m.) Joseph Bryan Ringer, 33, of Houston, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated-2nd offense in the 100 block of S. Friendswood Drive. An officer observed Ringer weaving in and out of the northbound lanes of traffic. When the officer contacted Ringer, he observed Ringer to exhibit signs of intoxication including the smell of alcohol and red, watery eyes. The officer also observed an open glass bottle of Heineken in the cup holder. Ringer was unsteady as he exited the vehicle. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. Ringer has a prior DWI from February 2002.
Jan. 4 (12:22 a.m.) Jason Marwan Abbas, 30, of League City, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated in the 3200 block of FM 528. Abbas was stopped for making an illegal lane change. When the officer contacted Abbas, he detected the strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle's interior. Abbas exhibited signs of intoxication. He told the officer that he left one Clear Lake bar and was headed to another bar. Abbas failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. A search warrant was granted allowing officers to get a specimen of his blood.
Jan. 5 (1:27 a.m.) Christopher Eugene Patina, 36, of League City, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated in the 800 block of N. Friendswood Drive. Patina was inside a disabled vehicle that was blocking the roadway. The vehicle's hazard lights were on, two tires were flat, a rim was damaged and there were tire marks and oil in the roadway which indicated that the vehicle at one point was facing southbound in the northbound lane. Patina exhibited signs of intoxication and told police that he had two blowouts. The officer investigated a little further and observed evidence that indicated that Patina was traveling southbound when he struck a concrete center median. Both of the hubcaps had rolled into the northbound lanes. Patina later admitted to hitting the median. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. During a vehicle inventory, the officers logged two empty cans of beer and as flask containing an unknown alcoholic beverage.
Jan. 1 (5:07 a.m.) Nazario Amilton Chacon-Vasquez, 40, of Houston, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated in the 14200 block of Beamer Road. Chacon-Vasquez drove his vehicle into a ditch. When the officer arrived, a local ambulance service was already on scene. One of the medics told the officer that Chacon-Vasquez was driving when the vehicle went into the ditch and attempted to leave the scene with one of his friends. The medic took keys out of the ignition and stalled the man from leaving until police arrived. Chacon-Vasquez exhibited signs of intoxication and did not have a driver's license, or insurance. He was taken into custody and transported to the police station where the officer had a Spanish-speaking officer conducted a field sobriety test. He failed the field sobriety test and registered .193 on a breath test.
During the investigation of the accident and Chacon-Vasquez' arrest, another vehicle came upon the scene. It was raining and the officers had their emergency lights on when a vehicle being driven by Lexie Rae Schilhab, 20, of Houston, approached the scene. Schilhab did not slow down at all and appeared to be speeding. Officers jumped out of the way and screamed at others on the scene so that they could get out of the way in time. After the vehicle passed, another officer on the scene stopped the vehicle. Schilhab was driving and holding a can of Budweiser beer in her hand. Schilhab did not immediately roll down her window, so the officer opened the passenger door, retrieved the open container and asked Schilhab to exit the vehicle. She refused and had to be escorted out of her vehicle. Schilhab exhibited signs of intoxication and refused a breath test. During an inventory of her vehicle, officers found a glass pipe and a metal tin containing marijuana residue. Once Schilhab arrived at the jail, she began screaming and cursing at the Spanish-speaking officer as he was attempting to administer the field sobriety test to Chacon-Vasquez. Schilhab was charged with Driving Under the Influence by a Minor, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Jan. 3 (1:54 p.m.) Jeffrey Austen Amburn, 31, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While License Invalid-Enhanced and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. An officer stopped Amburn in the 200 block of Brandywyne for a traffic violation. The officer also knew that Amburn had a suspended driver's license. During contact with Amburn, the officer observed a martial arts throwing star in the floorboard, in plain view. This is a prohibited weapon and considered to be an illegal knife. Amburn also had a razor blade knife in his pocket when he was taken into custody. A police K-9 gave a positive alert on the vehicle; however, the officer was only able to find marijuana residue on the floorboard. Amburn has prior convictions for driving with an invalid license and has a lengthy list of arrests including theft, drugs, assault, burglary, graffiti and alcohol offenses.
Jan. 3 (11:28 p.m.) While on patrol in the 15500 block of Blackhawk Blvd, officers were flagged down by a motorist who advised that a man pointed a gun at her. The motorist told police that she was driving in the 400 block of E. Edgewood when a backseat passenger in another vehicle pointed a gun at her and her passengers. She immediately turned off the roadway and onto Blackhawk where she saw the police officer. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored, four-door sedan. The vehicle was driving slowly and erratically. When the victim tried to pass, the driver sped up. Both vehicles were then stopped at a red light a S. Friendswood and W. Edgewood, when the backseat passenger began yelling out of the window. The light changed and the backseat passenger started "throwing gang signs" and drew a black pistol from his waistband. The driver of the suspect vehicle was a white female, 20-25 years of age, with four Hispanic male passengers, all between the ages of 18 and 24. Officers checked the area for the suspect vehicle but were unable to locate it.
Failure to Identify
Jan. 5 (11:06 p.m.) Kenneth S. Jackson, Jr., 48, of Alvin, was charged with Public Intoxication. Leah Marlene Molinar, 41, of Alvin, was charged with Failure to Identify-Fugitive from Justice. An officer found a vehicle parked in a moving lane of traffic in the 1400 block of Moore Road. The vehicle did not have its hazard lights on and there were two people standing outside the vehicle. The officer pulled behind the vehicle to investigate and found that Jackson and Molinar were having an argument. Molinar told the officer that Jackson had thrown the car keys in the grass. Jackson and Molinar had been drinking. Jackson provided the officer with an identification card and Molinar told the officer that her name was Ashlei Daisy, but she did not have any identification on her. She told the officer that the car was registered to her sister, whose last name was Daisy also. The Arkansas license plate was run but it did not return to anyone named Daisy and was expired. The officer was never able to verify Ashlei Daisy's identity. The officer took Jackson into custody for public intoxication. As the officer placed him in the patrol car, Molinar yelled at him to call Ashlei. During booking, officers found a debit card with the name Leah Carmelo on it and then confirmed that Ashlei Daisy and Leah Carmelo were actually Leah Marlene Molinar. Molinar had a warrant for her arrest in Bastrop County for Driving While License Invalid. She was then charged with Failure to Identify.
Jan. 3 (12:00 p.m.) An officer responded to a business in the 3700 block of FM 528 for an intoxicated person. Kevin Michael Yates, 50, of Pasadena, walked into the business asking for them to call a cab. Yates was extremely intoxicated and was unsteady on his feet so they called police. When police arrived, the officer agreed that Yates was intoxicated. He was incoherent and did not know where he was. Yates told the officer that he had taken two handfuls of Hydrocodone and drank a bottle of Vodka. Medics were called and Yates was taken to a local hospital.
Jan. 5 (11:41 p.m.) Wesley Grant Wisnoski, 29, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication in the 600 block of Stoneledge Drive. An officer was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle when Wisnoski, who was a passenger in the vehicle, became belligerent and exited the vehicle. Wisnoski started walking away from the vehicle but was staggering due to his level of intoxication. The friends inside the vehicle were unable to control him, so Wisnoski was taken into custody.
Jan. 1 (1:38 a.m.) Ladarius Leshun Brown, 18, of Houston, and Jessie Everett Honea, 19, of Santa Fe, were charged with Reckless Driving in the 1100 block of W. Edgewood Drive. An officer observed the two vehicles driving unsafely in the 200 block of W. Edgewood. Both drivers were going over the posted speed limit, with one of the vehicle following dangerously close behind the other. Once the officer turned around and caught up to the vehicles, one of the trucks was swerving outside its lane, overcorrected and went onto the shoulder of the roadway. The other vehicle continued to follow closely behind. By the time the vehicle got to the 900 block of W. Edgewood, they were driving over 100 mph. To make matters worse, the roadways were slick from rain. The officer was able to get both of the vehicles stopped, identified the drivers and took them into custody.
Jan. 6 (5:26 p.m.) Craig Johnson, 25, of Houston, was charged with No Driver's License and No Insurance in the 1600 block of S. Friendswood Drive.
Jan. 6 (7:11 p.m.) Jason Chance Guy, 21, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 2900 block of W. Bay Area Blvd. Guy was driving with an expired inspection sticker. A check of his driver's license showed several active suspensions.
Jan. 1 (12:13 p.m.) Dominique Dwight Grimes, 28, of Webster, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 20000 block of Interstate 45. An officer was routinely checking vehicles in the 2700 block of FM 528 when Grimes drove through the area. His vehicle's insurance could not be confirmed and showed to be uninsured since May 2012. Grimes was stopped, he did not have a driver's license or proof of insurance. Grimes' driver's license was suspended. As he was taken into custody, officers found a bag of synthetic marijuana in his pocket. The synthetic marijuana will be sent off to a lab for testing and may result in additional charges.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Interference with Public Duties
A person commits an offense if the person interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with a peace officer while the peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by the law. The same is true if a person interferes with the duties of a paramedic, fire fighter, a police canine or an animal control officer.
A person commits an offense if the person intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he knows is a peace officer from effecting an arrest, search, or transportation of the actor or another by using force against the peace officer. It is not a defense to prosecution that the arrest or search is thought to be unlawful.