Friendswood Police Activity Report November 18-25, 2013
Two Teens Stabbed During Drug Deal
What appears to be a drug deal gone badly resulted in two people being transported to the hospital – one with serious injuries. Officers were dispatched to the back of Wedgewood Elementary School, located at 4000 Friendswood Link Road, at approximately 12:44 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. A witness reported a disturbance involving three black male teens all wearing black hoodies and two young adult Hispanic males. One of the black males brandished a handgun so the witness called police. At that point, all five persons ran away, two black males got into a black Honda. Officers arrived in the area, stopped the Honda and immediately called for an ambulance. One 18-year Friendswood man suffered a laceration to his face while a 17-year old Dickinson man had been stabbed three times in the back. He was transported by air ambulance to a local trauma center. A suspect description was given. One man was described as being a heavy set white male with a beard, wearing a gray UFC shirt and red basketball shorts. The other man was described as a skinny white male wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt. This case remains under investigation.
Injured Teen Abandoned in a Vacant House
Police are investigating an accident that occurred in the 2500 block of S. Friendswood Drive, near West Ranch, at approximately 1:47 a.m. on November 23. Officers found a dark blue Hummer H3 rolled over in the ditch line. The air bags were deployed and there was blood inside the vehicle. Officers made their way inside the vehicle to look for occupants but none were found. While officers were checking the vehicle, a witness called to report a man carrying a woman and banging on doors looking for help in the 2300 block of Opal Springs Lane.
An officer checking the area found an open garage door at a home for sale. The officer entered the home and found a 17-year old League City girl inside the attic. The girl could not move and was in a lot of pain. Authorities later found out the girl had a broken pelvis as a result of the accident.
The girl was able to identify the other people that were with her in the vehicle, but at this time no arrests have been made. The suspected driver, a 20-year old Friendswood man, and other occupants in the vehicle may face felony charges of Fail to Stop and Render Aid.
The penalty for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death is the same as that for intoxication manslaughter – two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The penalty for this crime was increased during the last legislative session because helping the injured in the minutes after an accident is critical.
Friendswood Man Charged with Two Counts of Indecency with a Child
Billy John Richardson, 42, of Friendswood, was charged with two counts of Indecency with a Child by Contact. He posted an $80,000 bond and was released. Richardson is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a female child in 2012 and 2013. Warrants were signed by a judge and Richardson turned himself in to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department on November 20. Indecency with a Child by Contact is a 2nd degree felony, punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of two to 20 years and may be fined up to $10,000. A person convicted or adjudicated on a charge of Indecency with a Child has a duty to register as a sex offender for life.
[Pictured: Billy Richardson]
Friendswood Man Burglarizes Neighbor’s House
Christopher Lewis Hargrave, 30, of Friendswood, was charged with Burglary. A resident in the 5100 block of Apple Blossom Lane called police on November 18 at 11:58 a.m., to report that his home was burglarized and a rifle was stolen. The resident was away from the home for only a couple of hours. When he did arrive home, he noticed that one of his neighbors “looked like he had seen a ghost” when the resident arrived home early. When he walked inside, he found the gun cabinet had been forced open and the rifle was missing. The resident had taken Hargrave to the range to shoot the rifle a couple of days prior and Hargrave knew where the weapon was stored. Once officers received the information about Hargrave, they arrested him on outstanding Houston warrants. Hargrave’s bond for burglary of a habitation was set at $30,000. Hargrave has prior arrests for drug offenses, assault, trespass and traffic.
[Pictured: Christopher Hargrave]
Adults Display Unsportsmanlike Conduct Following Youth Super Bowl Game
On November 16 at 6:48 p.m., a crowd gathered for the South Texas Youth Football Association Senior Super Bowl at the Friendswood High School football stadium got out of hand and resulted in the arrest of Raymond Leroy Young, 32, of Houston, for nine outstanding Galveston warrants. After the game, Young had approached in a threatening manner and was yelling at the referee and game officials. When the officer checked Young’s identifiers he discovered the outstanding warrants. Young was transported to a meet location where he was turned over to an officer with the Galveston Police Department.
Nov. 18 (2:30 p.m.) Alcoholic beverages were stolen out of a garage refrigerator in the 1300 block of W. Castlewood Drive. The burglary occurred sometime between November 16 and November 18.
Nov. 21 (12:31 p.m.) A brass shower nozzle was stolen from the master bathroom of a home under construction in the 1800 Sterling Creek Drive. The home is in its final stages of completion. No other construction items were missing.
This week, several air conditioner thefts were reported. The first report came in on November 18. An air condition unit was stolen from Samson Custom Homes at 17130 Townes Rd and one from Ralston Liquor at 4002 FM 528. The theft occurred sometime between 5:00 p.m. on November 17 and 6:00 a.m. on November 18. Another air conditioner unit was stolen from a business located at 1506 E. Winding Way sometime between November 20 and November 21.
It appears that cell phone thefts on the basketball court at 24 Hour Fitness have started up again. On November 18 at 7:57 p.m., a 13-year old boy playing basketball at 24 Hour Fitness, located at 130 W. Parkwood Avenue, reported the theft of cell phone. There were no managers on duty at the time, so surveillance video was not readily available. Then, on November 21 at 8:45 p.m., officers took another report of a stolen cell phone. Again, the victim was playing basketball when the theft occurred. This time, the theft occurred between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 (8:01 a.m.) Justin Christopher King, 33, of Friendswood, was charged with Criminal Mischief. King is accused of burning his wife’s clothing on the morning of November 18. After he burned the clothing, he sent his wife a picture of the charred sweater.
Nov. 19 (4:36 p.m.) Six fraudulent charges were made on a bank account belonging to a resident in the 5100 block of Whittier Oaks Drive. The case has been reported to the bank and they will also be conducting a fraud investigation.
Nov. 22 (3:55 p.m.) A resident in the 400 block of Chelsea Lane reported unauthorized charges on the bank account. The check that passed had the victim’s account number but had someone else’s name on it. The bank account is now closed.
Nov. 22 (5:51 p.m.) A resident in the 1100 block of Twin Oaks Street is the victim of identity theft. She told police that two new credit card accounts were opened in her name and without her permission.
Nov. 24 (11:22 p.m.) Julie Brookshire, 50, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury. Brookshire is accused of assaulting her husband at their residence in the 400 block of Courtlandt Place. Brookshire’s husband had visible injuries to his face and chest. Brookshire’s bond was set at $1,500.
Nov. 19 (7:14 p.m.) Carl Ford Johnston, Jr., 43, of League City, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Johnston was stopped for traffic violations in the 200 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. He did not stop before making a right turn on red and then was observed to impede traffic driving only 30 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer detected the smell of alcohol inside the vehicle and Johnston appeared to be nervous. Johnston provided the officer with consent to search his vehicle. During the search, the officer found a shoebox that had 4.47 ounces of marijuana inside. There was also a napkin folded up into a square that contained three baggies of cocaine weighing 6 grams.
[Pictured: Carl Johnston]
Nov. 20 (3:55 p.m.) William Conrad McMillan, 17, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. McMillan was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in the 600 block of S. Friendswood Drive. The driver and McMillan were suspiciously nervous. The driver exited the vehicle and claimed that he had nothing illegal. When the officer asked McMillan if he had anything illegal, he confessed. McMillan produced a pipe containing marijuana residue. He also told the officer that he had a bag of marijuana under the seat.
Nov. 22 (12:41 a.m.) Sunni Leigh Monroe, 25, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. An officer stopped a vehicle for running a red light at Blackhawk and FM 2351. As the officer was stopping the vehicle, one of the passengers threw something out of the window. The driver gave the officer consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the officer found a small amount of marijuana inside Monroe’s purse.
Nov. 24 (2:42 p.m.) A 16-year old Friendswood boy was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. He was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the 16300 block of Tibet Road for a traffic violation. Prior to the traffic stop, the vehicle was reported as suspiciously parked at the intersection of Centennial Lane and Barcelona Drive. As the officer arrived in the area, he saw the 16-year old run from a house with a box, jump into the vehicle and leave. The 16-year old was found to be in possession of marijuana, Xanax and Codeine.
Driving While Intoxicated
Nov. 20 (5:41 p.m.) Christina Lynn Gonzalez, 36, of Houston, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While License Invalid. Officers were dispatched to a traffic hazard in the 500 block of N. Friendswood Drive. A witness told police that the driver of a red Mazda pickup was all over the road. When officers arrived, they found the pickup, and the driver, in a grassy area attempting to back up into traffic as other motorist were honking their horns. The officer contacted Gonzalez and immediately detected the smell of alcohol. Gonzalez exited the vehicle and exhibited other signs of intoxication and asked the officer to follow her home. Gonzalez failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.
Nov. 22 (1:19 a.m.) Arsenia Rebelda Kemper, 53, of Pearland, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Kemper was stopped for speeding in the 700 block of S. Friendswood Drive. When the officer contacted Kemper, he detected the smell of alcohol and she exhibited signs of intoxication. Kemper failed a field sobriety test and registered .103 on a breath test.
Nov. 19 (5:21 p.m.) Dorla Gene Jackson, 54, of Alvin, was charged with Public Intoxication in the 1600 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. A witness reported Jackson as an intoxicated person at a local gas station. Jackson was intending to drive herself and a passenger. The passenger was taken into custody for Alvin warrants. Jackson failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody for public intoxication.
Nov. 20 (3:34 a.m.) Matthew Duane Brown, 30, of Friendswood, was arrested on a DWI warrant; and Joel Robert Sanders, 27, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. Brown was stopped for a traffic violation in the 4000 block of FM 2351. Brown had an outstanding warrant in Galveston County and Sanders was intoxicated.
Nov. 21 (6:04 p.m.) Gwendolyn Duncan Toups, 66, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of N. Friendswood Driver for a reckless driver. A witness told police that the suspect vehicle stopped pulled into a business parking lot at the corner of N. Friendswood and Brandywyne. When the officer arrived, Toups was inside the business purchasing wine, but already had the smell of alcohol on her breath. Toups was having difficulty standing and was swaying back and forth. She failed a sobriety test and was taken into custody.
Nov. 24 (1:12 a.m.) Marc J. Starko, 59, of Houston, was charged with Public Intoxication in the 700 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Starko walked into the gas station, appeared to be disoriented, and asked the police officer to help him because he had run out of gas. Starko had the smell of alcohol on his breath and exhibited other signs of intoxication. Starko failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.
Nov. 24 (1:30 a.m.) Michael Wayne Adams, Jr., 32, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. Officers arrived at the Baywood Apartments, located at 5025 FM 2351, for a disturbance call. When officers arrived, Adams was standing outside the apartment, slumped against a door, with his pants down, his buttocks exposed and only one shoe on. He was lethargic and exhibited signs of intoxication. Adams was taken into custody.
Nov. 25 (4:05 a.m.) Alex Wade Vidosh, 17, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication, Minor Consuming Alcohol and Possession of Tobacco Product by a Minor. Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Acorn Ct where the homeowner was reporting a man at his back door banging and attempt to get inside the house. When police arrived, they found Vidosh inside the garage climbing the attic ladder. Vidosh was intoxicated, he had the smell of alcohol on his breath and displayed signs of intoxication. He thought that he was at a friend’s house.
Nov. 21 (9:28 a.m.) Mauricio Herrera Chun, 25, of Houston, was charged with No Driver’s License and No Insurance in the 100 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Chun presented expired insurance and has never had a driver’s license.
Nov. 22 (9:28 a.m.) Joshua Todd McNeil, 23, of Dickinson, was charged with Expired License Plates and No Insurance in the 16900 block of Ravine Circle. The officer checked McNeil’s driving status and discovered that he had two outstanding warrants out of Harris County Precinct 2.
Nov. 22 (3:57 p.m.) John Anthony Garza, 31, of Alvin, was charged with Driving While License Invalid, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Expired Inspection Sticker. Garza was stopped in the 3000 block of FM 528. When Garza opened his door, the officer immediately detected the smell of marijuana. The officer checked Garza’s driving history and found that his driver’s license was suspended. The officer searched the vehicle and found two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes and rolling papers. Two of the passengers in the vehicle were cited for Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol.
Nov. 23 (10:39 p.m.) William John Trammell, 20, of Houston, was charged with Fail to Stop and Give Information. Officers were dispatched to the scene of a three-car accident in the 200 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Trammell left the scene driving his while Kia Soul. Witness said that Trammel hit one vehicle, then back up and hit a second vehicle. A short time later, an officer found the suspect vehicle, with front end damage, traveling on Briarcreek Drive. Trammell gave the officer an illogical reason for being where he was and for not staying at the accident scene, so he was taken into custody.
Nov. 18 (4:33 p.m.) Joseph Harrison Clark, 17, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Tobacco by a Minor. An officer noticed Clark was walking in the middle of the roadway in the 600 block of Stonehenge. The officer stopped to make contact with Clark when a neighbor alerted the officer and said that Clark had just thrown something into the grass. The officer checked and it was a pack of Marlboro cigarettes.
TIP OF THE WEEK
When Unsportsmanlike Conduct Becomes Criminal Conduct
Athletic officials are seldom given the appreciation they deserve. They are given the responsibility and authority to enforce the rules of the game. Sportsmanship is a vital part of athletics and it is inevitable that one team will win and one team will lose. Whether you win or lose, a person’s ethics can be seen by the way they react. Sportsmanship should be practiced before, during and after the game. But, for those who cannot act responsibly or who show unsportsmanlike conduct, there are consequences.
According to the Texas Penal Code, Sec. 22.01 Assault; a person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, or intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative. This type of assault is a Class B misdemeanor if the offense is committed by a person who is not a sports participant against a person the actor knows is a sports participant either while the participant is performing duties or responsibilities in the participant’s capacity as a sports participant or in retaliation for or on account of the participant’s performance of duty or responsibility within the participant’s capacity as a sports participant. A sports participant means a person who participates in any official capacity with respect to an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or other organized amateur or professional athletic competition and includes an athlete, referee, umpire, linesman, coach, instructor, administrator, or staff member.
Spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a positive, appropriate manner. Support your team and do not ridicule the other team or fans. Show respect for coaches, spectators and support groups. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. Those who exhibit undesirable behaviors will be removed from the game and attendance at future events may be prohibited. Spectators should expect the police to act.