West U police blotter: Armed robbery, slew of burglaries of unlocked vehicles
An armed robbery on Nottingham and reports of 10 overnight motor vehicle burglaries made Aug. 21 an unusually busy day for West University Police.
The armed robbery occurred in the 3100 block of Nottingham at about 2:20 that afternoon, when a man arriving at that address was forced at gunpoint into a vehicle with three people who took his personal belongings, then let him out before fleeing.
In each of the motor vehicle cases, burglars had entered unlocked vehicles, rummaged through them and took what they wanted. Reports came from the 3800, 3900 and 4100 blocks of Rice Boulevard, with two reports from the latter location. There were also burglaries reported in the 3800 block of Tennyson, two in the 4000 block of Milton Street and three in the 4100 block of Milton.
Two additional burglaries of motor vehicles were reported on Aug. 25 in the 2600 block of Bissonnet Street and the 5300 block of Mercer Street.
Other incidents in recent days reported by West U Police:
- On Aug. 21, an officer observed a vehicle traveling southbound in the 6100 block of Kirby. The officer followed the vehicle determined the registration was expired. After stopping the vehicle, the officer discovered the driver was in possession of an altered temporary tag and made an arrest for fictitious/altered vehicle registration.
- Officers were called twice in 30 minutes to the 6200 block Community for a second report of two suspicious suspects ringing door bells and running off once the homeowner came to the door. When they located the suspects and they refused to stop, a short pursuit ensued through the city before the driver and passenger were apprehended. The officers discovered the vehicle was reported stolen and also located a stolen firearm within the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle was charged with felony evading as well as unauthorized use of motor vehicle and the passenger with felon in possession of a firearm. The passenger was also found to have an outstanding probation warrant.. Both had arrest records – the driver for failure to ID to police officer, assault bodily injury, assault family member and evading. The passenger has been arrested for: theft, criminal mischief, assault of a family member and resisting arrest.
- Officers were dispatched to the 6200 block of Community to investigate the report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller stated the vehicle was parked in the roadway with its hazard lights on and that the driver of the vehicle was seen throwing something out of the driver’s side window. During the contact, the officers found that the vehicle’s sole occupant was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and several other items of drug paraphernalia. The subject was cited for the offense and released from the scene.
- At 10:07 p.m. on Aug. 22, an officer observed a vehicle in operation commit a traffic violation in the 5400 block of Buffalo Speedway. A traffic stop was conducted in the 5200 block of Buffalo Speedway. Upon running the driver’s information through the database it was discovered that the driver had multiple warrants out for his arrest. The driver was subsequently arrested for those warrants. A man identifying himself as the brother of the driver arrived at the scene and approached the officer. He was also arrested after it was discovered that his license was suspended.
- A motorist driving southbound in the 6400 block of Weslayan the afternoon of Aug. 22 was stopped for having an expired registration. The driver was arrested when a review showed an invalid driver’s license.
- An abandoned vehicle that was blocking the driveway of a residence in the 6500 block of Wakeforest was towed around 6 a.m. Aug. 23.
- An officer was dispatched on Aug. 23 to 4200 Amherst in reference to a delayed criminal mischief. The Officer arrived and made contact with the complainant who stated that an unknown person(s) had broken her window with an unknown object.
- A case of identity theft was reported Aug. 24 in the 3100 block of University Boulevard and is being investigated. The complainant said someone had applied for loans without permission, using his personal information.
- An officer was dispatched to a suspicious person call in the 6700 block of Annapolis. The suspect was located in the 2500 block of Sheridan, urinating in the roadway, but gave chase when approached. He was taken into custody a short time later and booked into jail on a felony charge of evading detention.
- A motorist was arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25 in the 5900 block of Buffalo Speedway after a stop for an expired vehicle registration uncovered a fictitious license plate.
- A bicyclist riding westbound down the middle of the 4200 block of Bissonnet Street at 1:44 a.m. Aug. 25 was stopped for not having the required front white light. The cyclist was taken into custody without incident when outstanding warrants with the city of Houston were discovered.
- Officers answered a call about a suspicious woman in the 2600 block of Barbara Lane on Aug. 27. The suspect, who was shoeless and wearing a coat, was reportedly taking photos of houses. When she refused to cooperate, she was arrested and later charged with failing to identify herself.