Emergency Notification System Helps Police Catch Fleeing Man

May 27, 2010

West U police arrested Anthony Wilson, a 28-year-old Monroe, LA resident, for evading arrest yesterday.

An officer pulled Wilson’s vehicle over in the 3200 block of Rice around 7 a.m. Wednesday, because the vehicle came up with no registration. Before the officer could approach the car, Wilson got out and fled on foot.

His passenger, Mauel Deshotel, a 28-year-old Beaumont, TX resident, stayed in the vehicle and was held at the scene until someone from the Houston Marshal’s Service came and picked him up.

Deshotel had a federal probation weapons trafficking warrant out for his arrest from the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Beaumont, TX.

Deshotel said that he did not know the driver and did not tell the police his name.

West U police used the Code Red Emergency Notification system to alert residents of the situation.

A resident had just received the alert message via phone when she looked up and saw Wilson walking down the street near Rutgers Street and Pittsburgh Street. The resident called the police and an officer, who was three blocks away, was able to catch Wilson and bring him to the West U jail.

Wilson told police that he had fallen asleep somewhere in West U, woke up, didn’t know where he was and started looking for a phone. Wilson admitted to police that he had smoked something earlier that day, but he did not have any drugs on him.

Wilson had a criminal history in Louisiana for fleeing. He also has a warrant for his arrest in Louisiana.

He was charged with evading arrest, which is a felony offense, was given a $5,000 bond and was transported to the Harris County Jail.

West U police received hundreds of calls regarding the incident. Calls came in one after another all day, Lt. Charlie Deily said. The notification system enabled the police to catch the suspect.

To sign up for the code red notification system, visit www.westu.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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