Friendswood Police Activity Report January 13-21, 2014
Friendswood Releases Annual Crime Report for 2013
The Friendswood Police Department has released the 2013 Friendswood Police Department Annual Crime Report. The 14 page document provides comparative statistics for crimes, traffic incidents, call volume and response times. The report is available on the City’s website.
The report states that in 2013 there were 11 crimes against persons. This represents a 31% decrease in incidents compared to 2012. And, Friendswood has not experienced a homicide since 2008. There were 419 crimes against property, such as burglary and larceny. This represents a 14% increase in incidents as compared to 2012.
Overall, the report shows an increase in the Part1 I UCR crime rate – 11.03 crimes per 1,000 residents as compared to 9.86 in 2012. The crime rate was reduced by 14.8% from 2009 to 2010 and 17.9% from 2010 to 2011. The FBI identifies eight offenses that make up the Crime Index (murder/manslaughter, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, theft, and vehicle theft), and this index serves as an indicators of the nation’s crime experience.
Arrest totals in Friendswood decreased with 69% of the arrest activity undertaken by the police department involving persons who did not reside within the City. This statistic continues to highlight some of the major challenges for the community.
Traffic data showed an increase in the number of crashes – 497 in 2013 compared to 428 in 2012. Injury accidents decreased 1%. FM 528 was the roadway logging the highest percentage of crashes – 37%.
The report contains analysis of crime trends locally and regionally. It also identifies current and future challenges for the community.
Police are investigating two motor vehicle burglaries at local day care centers. In both cases, the victims went inside the day care to pick up their children, when they returned, their purses were stolen. League City is also experiencing the same types of burglaries and is looking for a tan or sand-colored minivan as a possible suspect vehicle.
Jan. 16 (12:28 p.m.) On January 15, a vehicle was burglarized at the Children’s Lighthouse Day Care Center located at 3001 W. Bay Area Blvd. The victim left her vehicle unlocked as she went inside to pick up her child. The victim’s purse was taken out of the vehicle. As the victim called to cancel her credit cards, she discovered that her credit cards had already been used.
Jan. 17 (4:53 p.m.) A vehicle was burglarized at the Kandiland Day Care Center located at 1504 E. Winding Way. The victim said that she arrived at the daycare to pick up her child. She left the vehicle running and doors unlocked as she went inside to get her child. She was inside the school for no more than a couple of minutes. During that time, her purse was stolen from the front passenger seat.
Parents are warned that it takes only seconds for burglars to snatch purses and valuables from vehicles as they are dropping off or pick up their children from day care. These incidents are taking place in broad daylight and have been reported at two different day care centers. The police department’s advice is simple, but important. Officers recommend that you take time to put valuables away from sight and always turn off the car and lock it. More importantly, take your purse with you when you go inside the day care.
Jan. 16 (1:03 a.m.) An officer responded to the 1400 block of Oak Hollow Drive where a man wearing dark clothes was seen running toward Lost River Drive. The homeowner called police when his dog started barking. The homeowner looked outside and noticed that the gate that separates the backyard from the driveway was open. He then walked down his driveway and saw a man running away from his residence. Nothing appeared to be missing; however, the homeowner was a victim of alcohol theft from his garage recently. Surveillance video showed a white male, wearing a black beanie, a gray or black sweater and dark colored pants.
Jan. 20 (4:25 p.m.) Beer was stolen out of the garage refrigerator at a residence in the 1100 block of Glenshannon. The victim has surveillance video of the suspect entering the back gate and stealing the beer.
Jan. 13 (11:03 a.m.) A black 2000 Hallmark single-axle enclosed trailer was stolen sometime over the weekend from a driveway in the 800 block of West Lake Drive. The victim left he trailer at a remodeling job site and had $10,000 worth of tools inside the trailer. The trailer had “Janko Racing” and other racing stickers on it and the license plate number is Texas 62126F. On January 16, the victim contacted police after he had a conversation with a man that knew about the stolen trailer. While speaking with the man, the victim recognized some painting supplies in the back of the man’s pickup truck that he knew to belong on the trailer. The victim took pictures of the suspect vehicle and provided them to police. The vehicle belonged to a Friendswood man, Jason Michael Milburn, 33, of Friendswood. That same evening, the Pasadena police department recovered the stolen trailer, but not the tools, at Milburn’s Pasadena home. Someone had painted over the identifying stickers on the trailer and removed all of the trailer’s contents. On January 17, after some investigation, the Pasadena police department obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 16200 block of Townes, belonging to Jason Milburn. The purpose of the warrant was to search for stolen property, including firearms stolen in a Pasadena burglary and the tools stolen in the Friendswood trailer theft. Friendswood and Pasadena police officers served the warrant at approximately 1 pm on January 17 and they located a large amount of stolen property related to the Pasadena and Friendswood cases. Milburn was charged with Burglary of a Habitation by Pasadena Police. His bond was set at $20,000. A charge of felony Theft, related to the stolen trailer and contents in Friendswood, is pending.
[pictured above, Jason Michael Milburn]
Jan. 16 (10:17 p.m.) A theft was reported at the Valero store located at 5091 FM 2351. The clerk told police that a man stole beer and ran off going behind the store. The man was described as a white male, wearing a black hoody, black pants, and big head phones. He came into the store to use the bathroom before running out with a 12-pack of Miller Lite. On January 17, at 7:45 p.m., the suspect came back to the Valero store and the clerk called police. The clerk told police that the man was wearing the same clothing that he had worn during the theft the night before. When the officer arrived, the suspect was standing beside the cash register. The suspect, identified as Steven Everett Lazenberry, 19, of Friendswood, had again tried to steal beer from the store. He went to the beer cooler, grabbed a large bottle of Corona, and the placed the bottle in the pocket of his hoodie before walking out of the store. The clerk confronted Lazenberry as he passed the point of sale and directed him back inside the store to wait for police. Lazenberry admitted to the theft the night before and to his attempt to steal the Corona. He was taken into custody. Lazenberry was issued a criminal trespass warning for the store.
[pictured above, Steven Everett Lazenberry]
Jan. 17 (3:40 p.m.) Two pairs of glasses were stolen from Twenty 20 Vision located at 105 E. Parkwood Avenue. The business owner told police that a woman with blonde hair, 5’4” tall, 35-40 years of age, walked into the store and started looking at glasses and trying them on. As the owner worked with other clients, the woman left the business without paying for two pairs of glasses. Both sets were Michael Kors brand and valued at more than $200 each.
Jan. 13 (1:15 p.m.) A resident in the 16100 Tibet Road reported three fraudulent checks that cleared his bank. After a brief investigation, the victim discovered that all three checks were written at stores in Cary, North Carolina and there were two pending charges for a Home Depot in Pearland and a Home Depot in Houston.
Jan. 13 (3:16 p.m.) Residents on Steven Luke Lane told police that they have been receiving denial letters from creditors that they had not applied for credit with. Fraud reports have been filed with each of the creditors and the case is under investigation.
Jan. 14 (1:01 p.m.) A resident in the 16300 block of David Glen Drive was the victim of a scam. He received a letter from Best Buy Care Survey letting him know that his application to be a secret shopper was approved. He received a check from the company for $1494. He deposited the check in his bank and used part of the money to purchase a GreenDot card so that he could go shopping at the store he was assigned. He called the survey company back and gave them the GreenDot account number over the phone. Soon the GreenDot card had a zero balance and the check that he deposited into his bank was cancelled. He suffered overdraft fees and was out the money that he used to buy the GreenDot card. He then called the survey company’s 1-800 number and it was no longer active.
Jan. 14 (3:10 p.m.) A resident in the 15700 block of Wandering Trail contacted police when a Verizon account was opened without permission. Someone used the victim’s identifiers to open the account that contains five phone lines and have racked up charges amounting to more than $500.
Jan. 15 (9:40 a.m.) A resident at 110 Clearview Avenue received a phone call from the fraud division of her bank inquiring about suspicious activity on her checking account. There were 14 charges totaling $277 that were unauthorized.
Jan. 18 (8:30 a.m.) A vehicle was vandalized in the 3100 block of Red Maple Drive sometime overnight. The vehicle had deep scratches in the paint. The victim did not provide the names of any suspects.
Jan. 20 (11:48 a.m.) A vehicle was vandalized in the 1300 block of W. Castlewood Drive. Sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m., suspects keyed and scratched the paint on the vehicle’s hood, left rear quarter panel, driver’s door and the rear hatch. Two local suspects were named who have made previous threats to damage the victim’s vehicle.
Jan. 20 (11:16 a.m.) A resident in the 2300 block of Taylor Sky Lane called police to report a hit and run accident. The victim found damage to the rear bumper of her vehicle on the morning of January 17. When the officer arrived to investigate, he found that the damage was caused by someone throwing eggs at the vehicle. Evidence of egg yolk residue and egg shells were present around the damaged area.
Jan. 13 (1:38 p.m.) Samantha Faurie Ardoin, 42, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-Family Violence. Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 1900 block of Rolling Stone Circle. When officers arrived, they found Ardoin’s husband standing by the mailbox. He had been assaulted. Officers went inside the residence and found Ardoin. She admitted to the assault and was taken into custody.
Jan. 20 (9:19 p.m.) Breanne Lynette Coyle, 17, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-Family Violence. Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Stratmore Drive for a disturbance. Coyle is accused of throwing a shoe at her mother following an argument about tax forms.
Jan. 14 (11:12 a.m.) Officers responded to the Salem Square Apartments at 110 Clearview Avenue where a woman was reportedly passed out in a vehicle. The woman was intoxicated and had an open bottle of Vodka in the floorboard. While medics were treating the woman, the officer found ten pills in her wallet. The pills were identified as Klonopin and the officer was able to confirm that the woman did not have a valid prescription for the drug. The woman was transported to the hospital; however, a warrant charging her with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3 will be filed.
Jan. 14 (3:17 p.m.) Jean Charles Maxie, 24, of Webster, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Maxie was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1600 block of Friendswood Lakes Blvd. Maxie produced a Washington identification card. Maxie’s identifiers were checked, local traffic warrants were found, and he was taken into custody. During an inventory of Maxie’s vehicle, the officer found a lighter that read, “I Don’t Do Drugs, I Only Smoke Weed “along with marijuana and a scale. His bond was set at $1,000.
Jan. 14 (3:49 p.m.) Alfredo Rangel, 29, of League City, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Rangel was stopped for a traffic violation in the 3900 block of Laura Leigh Lane. He did not immediately pull over and passed several safe places to stop before finally pulling over. Rangel and his passenger exited the vehicle. The passenger was holding on to an open container of alcohol. Rangel’s identifiers were checked and he had a suspended driver’s license. When the officer returned to the vehicle, he asked Rangel for consent to search. Rangel declined. A police K-9 arrived on scene and gave a positive alert for narcotics near the gas cap. The officer opened the gas cap and found a blue pill bottle. The bottle contained 73 doses of Xanax. Then, the officer searched the interior of the vehicle. He found 128 does of Hydrocodone, and 11 doses of Carisoprodol. Rangel’s bond was set at $5,000.
[pictured above, Alfredo Rangel]
Jan. 15 (1:15 a.m.) Mila Nicole Miller, 32, of Seabrook, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Miller was acting suspiciously and appeared to be avoiding contact with a Friendswood police car in the 16800 block of Blackhawk Blvd. Three times Miller parked her car and turned the lights off when she saw a police vehicle. When she did pull out onto the roadway, she failed to dim her headlights and was stopped. When the officer contacted Miller, he noticed a marijuana cigarette in the coin tray and a syringe on the center console. As Miller was looking for her insurance card, she attempted to conceal the syringe and a baggie container a white substance. Miller exited the vehicle, revealing a loaded syringe containing a brownish-red substance. The officer checked Miller’s identifiers and found that she had a warrant for her arrest charging her with Possession of Marijuana. The officer retrieved 4 used syringes and one loaded syringe containing methamphetamine, a baggie containing crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale, another baggie containing methamphetamine and an assortment of prescription pills including Lorazepam, Hydroxyzine hydrochloride, and alprazolam. Then, the officer found a suitcase that contained a third bag of methamphetamine, alprazolam and a digital scale. In total, she had 3.2 grams of methamphetamine. During booking she had a bag of synthetic marijuana concealed in her undergarments. Miller’s bond was set at $15,000.
[pictured above, Mila Nicole Miller]
Jan. 15 (5:35 p.m.) David Anthony Mata, 17, of Friendswood, and Kevin Richard Castanon, 17, of Friendswood, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers were checking for a suspicious person in the 3100 block of Tyler Court. They found Mata and Castanon in the park walking back toward their vehicle. The officer detected the smell of marijuana while talking with Castanon. The officer asked Castanon where the drugs were located. Castanon admitted that he had marijuana in his bag. The officer opened the bag and found a bong made out of a Gatorade bottle and a mason jar with marijuana residue inside. Mata and Castanon had been smoking marijuana in the park. After a search of Mata’s car, the officer seized two Magical Roman Candle fireworks.
Jan. 16 (5:37 p.m.) Courtney Rene Maylum, 22, of Seabrook, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Maylum was stopped for a traffic violation in the 3300 block of FM 528. During contact with the Maylum, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. The officer asked Maylum if she had any marijuana inside the car. She said yes. The officer searched the car and found five partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in an ashtray.
Jan. 17 (12:42 a.m.) Donald Southerland Church, 48, of Kemah, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the 2100 block of FM 528. Church was the passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation. The officer checked the driver and Church to make sure they did not have warrants. Church had two outstanding warrants out of Harris County Precinct 7. During a consensual search of the vehicle, officers found a plastic container with white powdery residue and a razor blade on the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer also found a marijuana pipe under the passenger seat. Church admitted that the contraband belonged to him. The driver was released without charges and Church was taken into custody.
Jan. 16 (11:57 p.m.) An officer was flagged down and advised of a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Sunset and W. Parkwood. The officer arrived and found the bicyclist in the 1500 block of Sunset Drive. The female bicyclist told police that she was not hit; she was just having difficulty changing gears. The officer asked the woman for identification, but she did not have any on her person and told the officer that her name was Melinda Muller. The woman claimed that she did not have a driver’s license except from the state of Colorado that was expired. The woman was then released and headed home. Another officer was headed to the location and suspected that the bicyclist had provided false information. Both officers reviewed a mug shot of Melissa Renee Collins, 34, of Friendswood, and determined that she was the bicyclist that was stopped. Collins had a felony warrant for her arrest out of Brazoria County charging her with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Officers proceeded to Collins’ residence in the 1400 block of Sunset where they found the bicycle parked near the front door. Collins’ mother answered the door and directed officers to Collins’ bedroom where she was taken into custody. Collins was turned over to the custody of Alvin Police Department. Collins gave false information to the police officer because she knew that she had a warrant for her arrest. Charges are now pending for Failure to Identify-Fugitive and are being filed with Galveston County.
Jan. 18 (5:05 p.m.) Stephen Eric Zepeda, 31, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. An officer was driving in the 3600 block of FM 528 when the automated license plate reader alerted him to a warrant hit from a license plate number. The officer located the vehicle and stopped it in the 300 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Zepeda did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance. He did, however, produce a Concealed Handgun License. Zepeda exited the vehicle and was taken into custody for the outstanding traffic warrant. The officer returned to Zepeda’s car to complete an inventory before the vehicle was towed away. As soon as the officer opened the door, he immediately detected the strong smell of marijuana. During the inventory, the officer found a glass smoking pipe and a small amount of marijuana inside an Advil bottle.
Jan. 19 (11:01 p.m.) Darrell Alexander Colon, 20, of Friendswood, and Caleb Joseph Brown-Cole, 19, of Friendswood, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Colon was stopped in the 5000 block of Watkins Way. As the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the smell of marijuana. Colon and Brown-Cole identified themselves and told the officer that they had been smoking marijuana earlier in the evening. Colon exited the vehicle. As the officer was search Colon, he observed Brown-Cole shoving something under the seat. Brown-Cole was asked to exit the vehicle and the officer searched where Brown-Cole was reaching. The officer pulled out a glass marijuana pipe. A further search revealed a second marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat along with a baggie containing marijuana residue.
Jan. 20 (8:41 p.m.) Brian Robert Solano, 18, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Solano was stopped in the 300 block of E. Parkwood Avenue after an officer observed him speeding and following too closely. During contacted with Solano, the officer detected the smell of marijuana even though Solano refused to roll down the window. The officer asked Solano if he had anything illegal inside the vehicle, but Solano would not answer, instead, he just stared. Solano exited the vehicle and the officer conducted a search. Inside the center console, the officer found a baggie of marijuana residue and a pipe.
Jan. 21 (12:35 a.m.) Jasmine Brianne Garcia, 19, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Marijuana, and Connor Andrew Martin, 19, of Sugar Land, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Garcia was stopped after she ran a red light and then drove the wrong way in the 700 block of Sunset Drive. As the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the strong smell of marijuana and observed a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, in plain view, on the steering column. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found marijuana, a glass pipe, and a metal grinder.
Jan. 13 (10:18 p.m.) Ruben Daniel Blair, 38, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication in the 5000 block of Abercreek Avenue. Blair and his roommate had been drinking and officers were called to the residence twice. When officers arrived the second time, Blair was standing in front of the house and was still intoxicated. He had instigated another argument inside the house and was taken into custody.
Jan. 16 (11:19 a.m.) Eleuterio Hernandez Tello, 42, of Houston, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 3100 block of FM 528. Tello was stopped for an expired registration. He did not have a driver’s license or insurance. The officer ran Tello’s identifiers and found that he had three prior convictions for driving with a suspended license.
Jan. 18 (1:47 a.m.) A 16-year old Friendswood boy was charged with Failure to Stop and Give Information (Accident involving Damage) and Minor Consuming Alcohol. The incident occurred in the 2800 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. An officer was dispatched to a possible auto-pedestrian accident. When the officer arrived, he found a vehicle in the ditch and witnesses standing with other vehicles on the side of the road. The witnesses identified the teenage driver and told police that the boy fled the scene as soon as police arrived in the area. A speed limit sign was hit and knocked over. When officers contacted the owner of the vehicle, they found that the vehicle’s owner did not give the boy permission to drive the vehicle. Officers then went to the 16-year old boy’s residence. He was located and detained. After some interviews, officers determined that the boy had permission to drive the vehicle from the owner’s son. The boy told police that he was allowed to drive vehicle so that he could get some more marijuana for his friends. The 16-year old was later released to his mother’s custody.
Jan. 19 (4:19 p.m.) Victor Manual Avila-Arevalo, 34, of Webster, was charged with No Driver’s License in the 5400 block of Apple Blossom Lane. Avila-Arevalo was stopped for speeding. He did not have a driver’s license and has never been issued a driver’s license. He did, however, have a warrant of removal issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jan. 20 (12:21 p.m.) Officers were alerted to the possibility of someone living under a bridge in the 500 block of Falling Leaf Drive. Children living in the area found some belongings but when police arrived no one was around. While being poor, or homeless, is not a crime, officers are interested in making contact with the person and providing them with resources and referrals to local social service agencies and shelters.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Surveillance pictures appear to show teenagers breaking into the garages of local Friendswood homes. They are targeting that most suburban of major appliances – the garage refrigerator bursting with cold beer. These beer bandits have been burglarizing homes since before the New Year. The police department is seeing enough of a spike in beer burglaries that it is quickly becoming a chronic problem. Whether it’s for beer or a car stereo, entering someone’s garage is a felony, the same as breaking through a back door to steal. These crimes are being taken seriously, these are residential burglaries.
These pictures were captured during a burglary on Earlham on January 11 at 3:15 a.m., the garage door was left open and the thieves stole beer and a 100 quart Igloo ice chest. This same house was burglarized for beer on November 27 which resulted in the installation of a home surveillance system.
Anyone with information about this rash of garage burglaries is asked to contact the Friendswood Police Department. If you can identify the thieves in these pictures, call us, 281-996-3300. You can remain anonymous!