West U Police officers last week arrested two persons for driving while intoxicated, investigated two cases of ID theft, two cases of criminal mischief and one case of graffiti and chased a suspect who was evading arrest through the backyard of Mayor Susan Sample.
Sample was awakened by two telephone calls at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 12, from the West U Police Dispatcher warning that “there is a fugitive in your immediate area and the police are trying to capture him. Please stay in your house.”
The mayor then called the police department and the dispatcher asked her for her street address, then said: “Oh, the fugitive went into your backyard. But don’t worry, we have police surrounding your house. Just don’t go outside.”
The mayor said the police were looking for the suspect, with lights, until about 4 a.m. At one point, Sample even volunteered to go check inside her garage to look for the suspect, but the officers declined her offer.
“I’m glad they were so proactive in attempting to apprehend this person,” Sample said.
The incident occurred after a West U officer stopped the driver of a vehicle in the 3100 block of West Holcombe. As the vehicle stopped, a passenger jumped out and fled northbound on Vanderbilt, jumping fences. The driver remained at the scene and was taken into custody for traffic violations. He has a history of drug possession, criminal mischief, assault and assault on a family member, aggravated robbery and theft. The evading suspect was identified and found to have an outstanding felony warrant for drug possession.
On Sunday, August 9, a West U officer saw a vehicle run the stop sign at Swarthmore and Weslayan. The office stopped the vehicle, and upon further investigation, the driver was arrested for DWI.
On Monday, August 10, an officer saw a vehicle in the 4100 block of Bissonnet stop beyond the designated point of a traffic signal while it was red, nearly causing an accident. The officer stopped the driver in the 3800 block of Bissonnet. Upon further investigation, the driver was found to be intoxicated. She was arrested for DWI and transported to the West U Jail.
On August 8, a West U officer was sent to the Harris County Jail to pick up a prisoner with outstanding multiple warrants from the city of West U.
Also on August 8, a West U officer met with a resident at the Police Department about a case of identity theft. The complainant stated she had received a letter from a collection agency about an account that had been fraudulently opened by unknown suspects.
On August 9, a West U officer responded to the attempted burglary of a motor vehicle in the 3100 block of Sunset. The victim stated that an unknown person had tried to enter his vehicle by
attempting to damage the locking mechanism. Because the suspect did not enter the vehicle, the cast was listed as criminal mischief.
On Tuesday, August 11, an officer on patrol in the 3000 block of Jarrad saw a vehicle in a driveway with a door open and a dome light on. The officer investigated and determined the vehicle had been burglarized. At the same time, two other officers were investigating two “suspicious people” in the 3000 block of Georgetown. They were identified, but could not be linked to the burglary that occurred on Jarrard.
On August 11, an officer was dispatched to respond to two motor vehicle burglaries in the 2900 block of Plumb. Two vehicles parked in the driveway of the residence were left unlocked and e some items were taken. A report was taken for this offense and a case number was provided to the complainant.
On August 11, an officer met with a West U resident about a case of theft. The victim advised she had entered a reputable website to book a home for a couple weeks while on vacation in the New York City area. The victim found a home and made contact with the host through an online chat room via the website. The host instructed the victim to provide a personal e-mail address, so pictures can be sent to the victim. The victim booked the home and wired money through the victim’s bank to the host. The victim attempted to contact the host several days later, but the host did not respond for a few days. The victim received an email from the host stating his e-mail had been hacked. The victim then contacted the website via chat and discovered that she had been deceived and the money had been stolen.
At 1:51 a.m. on August 12, an officer was dispatched to 6600 block of Weslayan in regards to a criminal mischief that already occurred. The officer arrived and made contact with the complainant who stated that an unknown person(s) threw a large rock through the window of his vacant residence.
Also on August 12, an officer was dispatched to the corner of Wakeforest and Cason for a report of vandalism. A resident was out walking their dog when they discovered a utility box had vandalized. An unknown person intentionally with a wide tip indelible marker and without consent marked oa utility box. The land owner was contacted where the utility box is located and they were unaware of the vandalism.
On August 13, an office met with a resident about a case of ID theft, involving fraudulent activity on his credit report. n. A case number was generated and the subject was provided with a business card.
Also on August 13, an officer was dispatched to the 3000 block of Lafayette in regard to an accident that had already occurred. The reportee advised that an unknown vehicle struck the side of her vehicle, which was legally parked on the street, and drove away without leaving any information.