Yesterday, Violent Crime Came to the Villages. Fortunately, it does not happen often but
when it does, word quickly gets out in the community.
This is also a reminder that we all must remain
vigilant, all the time. It is
easy to take for granted that we live in one of the safest communities in the
State of Texas. However, we also must remember there are evil people in the
world who will violently attack an 87-year-old man in broad daylight, on a
well-traveled pathway, in the center of a vibrant community.
Often when these types of incidents occur you hear
much about the suspect, the crime, the state of affairs in the community, but
seldom do you hear about the victim. Today, I want to talk about the victim in
this particular crime, a person who could have been anyone one of us.
The victim of yesterdays aggravated robbery was an
87-year-old who decided to retire, here in the Villages. When his daughter and
her family settled in the area, the victim and his wife knew they wanted to be
near their grandchildren, so they decided to leave the country and move to the
city to be close. As their daughter
began to look for places for them to live, her father made it clear, that he
was willing to move to the city, but only to the Villages.
The victim (I will refer to him as Mr. G.) is a
retired public servant having committed his life to helping others. Mr. G. spent his entire career in law
enforcement having worked for HPD, the FBI, the Harris County M.E.’s Office and
finally retiring as a Chief of Police in Fort Bend County.
While out on a regular walk in his neighborhood, Mr.
G. was enjoying the quality of life here in the villages. At approximately 1135
am while walking on the path between Coachman and Greenbay, he was approached
from behind and surprised by a black male. Mr. G. having spent his life in law
enforcement was always careful to remain aware of his surroundings (something
he stressed to his daughter). However, yesterday he was surprised as he did not
hear the suspect approach. The suspect,
described as a black male 20-30 years old, wearing a white, zipper hoodie type
jacket (with hood down) and missing teeth, grabbed Mr. G. and demanded his wallet. After obtaining his wallet the suspect saw
his cell phone and demanded it too. Mr. G. handed him the cell phone still in
its case. As the suspect proceeded to
remove the phone from the case, Mr. G. decided to act. Mr. G. being a retired LE officer is also a
licensed CCH holder and he proceeded to retrieve his handgun from a
pocket. The suspect seeing what was
happening then struck Mr. G. in the side of the head, knocking him to the
ground and causing injuries to Mr. G.’s arms, head and ear. As nearby residents
started to rush to aid Mr. G., the cowardly suspect ran from the area, east on
Greenbay towards Flintdale where he disappeared from sight.
While there were several construction workers in the
area, no one really got a clear look at the suspect. Neighbors quickly attended
to Mr. G. and his injuries, as did Officer Valdez who was first on the scene.
Other officers established a perimeter and searched for the suspect and
interviewed witnesses. An HPD K-9 team
was requested and responded to the area in hopes of locating a scent track. MVPD
dispatch personnel quickly prepared the required affidavit and emergency
subpoena in an attempt to track Mr. G.’s phone. A location near Highway 6 and
I-10 signaled the phones location shortly before it was disabled. Officers
responded to that area where nearby homeless camps, apartment complexes and
hotels were checked. The MVPD drone flew overhead in hope of seeing something,
anything. The investigation continued well into the evening.
This morning we learned that Mr. G. is still in the
hospital being attended to for his injuries. Detectives are back out checking
with neighbors asking that any video surveillance footage be checked. Officers
and detectives are also reviewing ALPR footage looking for anything that might
help identify a suspect or vehicle on nearby ALPR systems.
All of us here at the MVPD are praying for a quick
recovery for Mr. G. We are also continuing to do our very best at identifying
and locating the cowardly criminal. While our investigation continues, the
family of Mr. G. asked that we share a part of his story and this event to help
everyone else in our community.
Mr. G.’s daughter wanted to thank those to rushed to
help her father, but also wanted to remind everyone that “These
criminals are fearless and brazen, heartless and bold. And it is
escalating…. but this has to be a wake-up call that we are not just dealing
with mail theft, stealing from cars left unlocked, and drunk drivers anymore.
Our neighbors need to hear this yucky reality and be more cohesive and
vigilant, or we will lose this amazing oasis of a community.”
great advice and a reminder to all of us that bad things sometimes do happen
and that we all need to continue to do the best that we can at protecting our
committed to serving you, proactively patrolling our neighborhoods,
investigating incidents, persons and/or situations. No matter how frustrating
it may become due to other outside influencers, we will not be deterred, and
neither should you. Continue to let us know of suspicious persons, situations,
events and vehicles. We will respond,
check and investigate. Hopefully our strong presence, along with your ever
watchful eyes, ears and perseverance, will help keep most of the criminals
away, but should they appear, we can, and we will intervene, so we do
not have another Mr. G. event.
Again, out thanks to the neighbors of Mr. G. who
assisted yesterday in helping him, rendering aid, notifying us and for getting
Anyone with any information about this event is asked
to call Detective Cerny at 713-365-3700 or email him at email@example.com
Please…..please be extra careful as we start to deal
with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Same process as last year, social
distancing, frequent hand washing and disinfecting, and in crowded
close-quartered events/places please consider face masks.
Have a safe weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
7/16/21 at 1300 Hours. 800 Block of Our Lane.
Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle/Possession of stolen Credit Cards/
Possession of An Illegal Substance (Methamphetamine). Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering
the villages on Taylorcrest at Flintdale and were nearby. Officers located and stopped the stolen
vehicle. After detaining the driver, officers located multiple passports and 22
credit cards along with several gift cards made out to various individuals.
Officers also located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine and several US
Treasury Checks. The driver stated the vehicle and all items belonged to his
girlfriend. The victim/owner of the vehicle was contacted and confirmed that it
was stolen and that he wished to pursue charges. The driver was placed under arrest and booked
into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was towed.
7/17/21 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 Block of Heritage Court.
Fraud. The victim reported that upon examining their checking account they
located a large check that they had not written being cashed on their account.
Further investigation found that a check that had been written to a doctor and
mailed had been intercepted, washed and reissued for a different amount. The
check had been mailed at the mailbox located at Benignus and Memorial near the
Total Wines store. Information about the check and the person cashing it was
obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. Other
checks mailed at the same time were stopped/frozen by the victim.
7/17/21 at 0830 Hours. 1-100 Block of Greyton Lane.
Theft. The victim reported that after
having some work done inside of her home by 2 contractors, she was unable to
locate a ring that had been in the area where the workers were. The victim was
able to obtain the names of the workers from the company. Information on the
workers and the ring was obtained and provided to detectives who have scheduled
interviews with the suspects. The investigation is on-going.
7/18/21 at 1930 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner. Criminal
Trespass. The victim reported that while sitting in his house he heard a
subject pulling on his back door. As he went to investigate, he located a white
male in his backyard. The subject apologized before running from the yard
climbing over a gate. Officers checked the area for the suspect and/or video
footage. Officers collected information for detectives who have taken over the
7/21/21 at 0930 Hours. 11700 Block of Forest Glen.
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that upon going to his vehicle
this morning he noticed the center console was open and items had been moved
around. A review of his home security
system showed a male entering the vehicle at 0300 hours. The male can be seen
wearing a ski mask covering his face. Information was obtained about the
incident and items missing from the vehicle. Detectives were notified and are
working on obtaining the video. The
investigation is on-going.
7/22/21 at 1135 Hours. 11700 Block of Greenbay.
Aggravated Robbery. officers were alerted to an aggravated robbery that had
just occurred along the walking path in the 11700 Block of Greenbay. A resident had been walking along the path when
he was approached by a black male. The male suspect assaulted the victim
causing injury to both of his arms and pushed him to the ground causing a head
injury. The suspect took the victims phone and a handgun from him before
fleeing east on Greenbay towards Flintdale.
The suspect was described as a black male wearing a light-colored long
sleeved zipper hoodie type jacket. The suspect was missing several teeth.
Officers arrived in the area and rendered aid to the victim, while other
officers interviewed other area walkers and construction workers in an attempt
to obtain a better description of the suspect.
Officers were able to obtain the victims phone number
and requested a location search. The cell phone provider service required an
emergency affidavit before providing any information on the phone location.
Dispatch personnel prepared the required sworn statement and requested the data
points of the phone’s location. The
phone was shown to be in the area of Highway 6 at I-10 near a location in the
reserve where several homeless camps are located. Officers along with a drone
responded to that area and began searching nearby homeless camps and
interviewing several homeless individuals. The phone company later advised
officers that the phone had been disabled.
The victim was transported by VFD to an area hospital
for treatment. Detectives responded to
the scene and have taken over the investigation.
7/19/21 at 0500 Hours. Taylorcrest at Echo. Theft.
Sometime between 0100 and 0500 Hours, unknown person(s) removed a portable stop
sign from the intersection. A new sign was put into place and city hall was
notified of the theft.
7/19/21 at 1400 Hours. 7600 Woodway (Piney Point City
Hall) Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. While
parked in the parking structure for city hall, an employee’s vehicle was
forcibly entered by a black male driving a black dodge avenger. The male suspect was observed on a video
surveillance system to place a blanket on the window before breaking it out to
deaden the noise. The suspect them entered the vehicle removing some tools
before breaking into 2 additional vehicles. MVPD detectives have enjoined HPD
on the incident due to the location including City Hall. Note: The suspect
vehicle was located on a video system and detectives were able to identify a
license plate. The vehicle was seen on an ALPR on Memorial shortly after the
burglary. The plate has been entered as a Hotlist Plate and detectives are
attempting to locate the owner who resides in Houston.
7/17/21 at 0200 Hours. Longwoods and Memorial Drive.
Unauthorized Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle/Possession of a Concealed
Weapon. Officers were alerted to a
stolen vehicle entering Longwoods at Memorial and quickly proceeded to the
area. Upon arrival officers located the vehicle driving in the area and
initiated a traffic stop. A male driver and female in the rear seat were
detained. Due to the positions and seating of the occupants, officers believed
a third suspect was still in the neighborhood and began checking the area.
Officers observed a male run from the neighborhood to a bus stop across
Memorial Drive and lay down and took him into custody. While arresting the subject he was found to
be in possession of a handgun hidden in the crotch area of his pants. The subjects stated that they had borrowed
the car from a guy named “Crown” in the 3rd Ward. They did not know
the subjects real name or where he lived. The DA’s Office was contacted and
declined charges on the possession of the stolen vehicle, however, they did
accept charges on the male for possession of a handgun. The 18-year-old male was booked into the
Harris County Jail and the two juveniles transported to the MVPD station where
later they were released to their parents.
The vehicle was towed.
7/17/21 at 1645 Hours. 10600 Block of Tarrington.
Fraud. The victim reported that he had
purchased a firearm on-line through Gunbroker.com and had made arrangements for
the gun to be delivered to an area firearms dealer and had wired the money for
the weapon to a bank in Idaho. After
several days, the firearm never arrived. A search found the seller had changed
his contact information. A complaint was filed with the gun broker company and
a claim initiated. Information about the sale was obtained and provided to
detectives for their follow up investigation.
7/18/21 at 0400 Hours. 1200 Block of Riverbend.
Disturbance. Officers drove up on a disturbance between two groups of
individuals in the street. All were
found to be intoxicated and wanting to fight each other. The parties involved
were found to be brothers. Due to their intoxication both vehicles were towed.
The subjects were cited and then released to other family members who responded
to the scene to pick them up.