Suspicious Cyclist Jailed for No Light

November 1, 2013 By:West U News Staff

Crime Reports



At 2:50 A.M., officers were dispatched to the area of 6600 Mercer in reference to a suspicious person on a bicycle. A male suspect was located riding a bicycle without a light on the front, as required by law.

The suspect was stopped for the offense and arrested.

The suspect was transported to the West University Place Jail where he was booked in for the offense. It was later learned that the suspect had stolen  property from a vehicle, and he was charged with theft.

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

At 8:30 P.M., an officer was dispatched to WUPD to  meet with a citizen who was reporting that an  unknown suspect removed property from her open  vehicle trunk while parked in her driveway in the  3800 block of Coleridge.


Warrant Arrest

At 9:30 PM, an officer was dispatched to Gulf Gate  Center Mall to meet with a City of South Houston  officer and take custody of a subject with West U  warrants. The subject was transported to WUPD and booked on those warrants


Driving While License Invalid

At 4:00 A.M., an officer was on patrol in the area of 6100 Buffalo Speedway. The officer located a vehicle with a defective tail lamp. The vehicle was stopped for the offense. The driver of the vehicle was found to  be driving while license invalid. The driver was arrested for the offense.

Driving While License Invalid

At 2:57 P.M., an officer observed a vehicle traveling in the 6600 block of Community that displayed defective equipment. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle for the violation. Upon investigation, it was discovered the driver of the vehicle did not have proof of financial responsibility or a valid driver’s license. The driver was arrested and charged with Driving While License Invalid.

Information Report

At 3:31 P.M., a police officer was dispatched to the 3700 block of Rice in reference to property that was delivered to a residence that didn’t belong to them or to anyone else at the residence. The police officer took the property and entered it into evidence for safekeeping.

Information Report

At 12:00 P.M., an officer was dispatched to the 3800 block of University in regards to a complaint of suspicious paper with handwritten notes left in the complainant’s driveway.


Traffic Violations

At 2:03 PM, a police officer observed a vehicle traveling northbound in the 6000 block of Buffalo Speedway at the speed of 52 mph in a 30 mph zone.  The police officer stopped the vehicle and it was discovered the driver did not have a driver’s license and no insurance. The driver also had several outstanding warrants with several different law enforcement agencies. The driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and no insurance.


No crimes reported.


Criminal Mischief

At 08:12 AM, an officer was dispatched to the 4000 block of Milton in regards to criminal mischief. The complainant advised that an unknown person tampered with one of the locks on her garage door.


No crimes reported.

9 Responses to “Suspicious Cyclist Jailed for No Light”

  1. miltonwatchdog Says:

    I guess if the thief was on a bicycle with a light at 2:30 in the morning, he would have gotten away with busting out car windows and stealing our stuff? No one knows for sure what color he is, only those “assuming” he was being racially profiled. Again, thank you WUPD for some common sense, for catching this thug and for putting him in jail where he belongs.. For those who ride their bicycles at 2:30 in the morning — get a light.

  2. Mike Says:

    I too cringed when I heard they arrested the guy on the bike with no light. Sure it’s great they later found out he was a thief. But still I wonder, how can it be appropriate to jail someone for riding a bike without a light? Is that REALLY the legal reason to jail him? That’s what scares me. Yet all of you race obsessed people focus on his skin color instead of the fact that we are jailing people for riding bikes without lights! THAT is what you should be outraged with. If you investigate and find him to be white, does that make it OK that he was jailed for riding a bike with no light?

  3. Tangley Resident Says:

    It’s because of Obamacare.

  4. miltonwatchdog Says:

    Dear DelayedNews. The person arrested for riding a bike without a light had busted out the windows of a car to steal the property of another. Whether he was black, green, purple or blue doesn’t change the fact that he is a thug and a criminal and needed to go to jail. Thank you, WUPD.

    You walk in the street . . . . .

  5. LHG Says:

    You don’t want to hinder your police department from doing their job by being too judgmental. Practicing extreme political correctness can result in avoidable crimes.

  6. neighbor Says:

    i really don’t see why the race card needs to be played here? would you react any different if the suspect were hispanic? asian?

    People drive through WestU at 2:50am, even if their headlights are out. But riding a bicycle at 2:50am w/o lights seems to be very unusual behavior…

  7. Another View Says:

    Note the time 2:50 A.M of the call about a suspicious person on a bicycle. A male suspect was located riding a bicycle without a light on. Would expect the same police response for a motor vehicle cruising the neighborhood at 2:50 AM with no running lights on. Too bad we do not have surveillance cameras at key intersections throughout West U to help deter this.

  8. Give me Liberty... Says:

    I guess that is true if you are comfortable with a police department arresting someone for riding a bike without a light. I’m not comfortable with that. My guess is the guy is black and that if you search through the records of the West U police department you will find that no resident of West U has ever been ticketed for not having a light on their bike, much less arrested.

  9. Robert Gartner Says:

    Seems these police officers are doing a great job. Cant say the same for the HPD however.

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