Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, April 8, 2022
From the Office of the Chief of Police

It has been another tough week in Houston with continued crime and unprovoked violence. The shooting death of Harris County Deputy Darren Almendarez, and the DWI caused fatal accident of Precinct 7 Constable Deputy Jennifer Chavis are just a few examples of the violence that just will not let up. This week our officers located a vehicle stolen from an armed carjacking that fled from officers. That vehicle and the two suspects inside of it were later involved in a fatal hit and run accident. Both are in custody. Then later in the week a village resident was robbed while in his driveway at gun point by a single assailant.  As crime continues to plague the metro area, we remain vigilant and are out on active patrols. Our officers will continue to make the arrests that are necessary, continue to tow-away the bad guy’s cars, we will continue to take away their drugs and weapons, and we will continue to take then to jail. If we need to wait in booking for hours, we will wait. If we need to arrest them again next week, we will arrest them again. Our spirit will not be broken nor will our determination.

Driveway Robbery. On 4/4/22 a resident was followed home from a restaurant in the Galleria area. The victim was approached and robbed at gun point by a male suspect in the driveway of his home. Officers and detectives have been working the case and by utilizing the ALPR system have identified several solid leads in the case. Read more about this incident below.

More on the stolen vehicle and carjacking from last Friday evening. MVPD officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss that had been stolen 2 days earlier in an armed car-jacking incident in Houston. Officers were nearby and located the vehicle traveling on Voss near San Felipe.  As officers attempted to stop the vehicle it fled, turning onto Westheimer. Officers had terminated the pursuit when they drove upon a pedestrian who had been hit by the suspect vehicle. One officer stopped to render aid to the victim while the other officer re-engaged with the suspect’s vehicle. The suspects later pulled into an apartment where they fled on foot. One suspect was apprehended as he threw a firearm and drugs onto a nearby roof. A second firearm was recovered inside of the stolen vehicle.  The driver was apprehended on 4/4/22 by HPD officers after a second foot pursuit.  Both suspects have prior criminal records, and one was a fugitive from justice. The pedestrian suffered severe head injuries in the accident and later passed away as the result of those injuries on 4/6/22. Charges are being amended by HPD to include vehicular homicide. See more about this incident below.

Food Truck Rodeo. Last Saturday the MVPD Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Food Truck Rodeo at Chapelwood Church. Over the 4-hour period, nearly 500 people stopped by to enjoy some classic food truck food, see the classic cars and hear the School of Rock Band.  The weather was great, and everyone had a good time. The mechanical bull was a hit as was our resident announcer. Thanks for the continued support. See the attached photos.

This past week officers had located a lost dog and had taken the Labrador to the vet to get the chip read.  Later in the day we were able to reunite the dog with the owner. Upon hearing that we (MVPD) did not have our own Chip Reader the resident ordered one and had it delivered to the MVPD (Thank You). As we have been learning on how to use the new chip reader and registering it for usage, we started to test it on neighbors’ dogs.  What we have learned is that almost half of all dogs with chips, do not have their chips registered. When the chips are inserted into the pet it is left up to the owner to register the chip and dog. Most people assume that this has already been done but it has not.  So, that got us thinking about how we can help owners know if their pets are properly chipped and registered. We will have our new chip reader out at the Farmers Market next Saturday (The day before Easter) for anyone who wants to bring their pets by.  We will check your animal and let you know what, if anything the registration says, so if necessary, you can update or add the information.  Again, Thank you to the resident for the new chip reader.

Have a super weekend.

Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org     

 

Weekly Crime Report

Bunker Hill

4/1/22 at 0130 Hours. 11900 Block of Taylorcrest. Driving While Intoxicated. Officer observed the suspect vehicle traveling on Blalock Road at a high rate of speed and turned around to stop the vehicle. As an officer was attempting to catch up to the suspect, he was observed to run a stop sign.  Officers were able to eventually stop the vehicle in the 11900 Block of Taylorcrest. Upon approaching the driver officers observed signs of intoxication and administered sobriety tests to the male driver.  The driver failed the tests and was placed under arrest. A subsequent search of the vehicle located a loaded handgun, syringes, pills and suspected narcotics in powder form. The male was given a breath test that showed him to be over the legal limit.  The 41-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle towed.  The other items and handgun were tagged into evidence.

4/4/22 at 1300 Hours. 11900 Block of Broken Bough. Fraud. The victim stated that she received notice for an overdue bill that she knew she had paid. When the victim checked her checking account, she found that the check she had written and mailed had been intercepted, altered and cashed by an unknown subject. This had occurred to two different checks written by the victim and mailed at the mailbox located in the 9400 Block of the Katy Freeway frontage road. Information on the checks were obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

4/6/22 at 0915 Hours. 400 Block of Wolf Court. Forgery. The victim was checking the status of a check that he had mailed when he learned that the check had not been received. Upon inquiring with his bank, he found that the check had been cashed but by an unknown person and to a different payee. It is unknown where the check was mailed from.  Information about the check was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

4/7/22 at 1315 Hours. 1-100 Block of Rip Van Winkle. Fraud.  The victim reported that she was contacted by her bank to confirm a transfer of funds.  The victim had not requested any movement of monies and upon further investigation found that her password, and contact information had been changed.  The victim froze her accounts and had all information changed back to her. Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

4/7/22 at 1930 Hours. 11700 Block of Memorial Drive. Felony Warrant.  Officers stopped a vehicle after observing a traffic violation. Upon contacting the driver, it was determined that the 51-year-old male had an outstanding felony warrant for Cruelty to Animals for his arrest.  The male was taken into custody and booked into the Harris County Jail.

Hunters Creek

4/1/22 at 2300 Hours. 300 Block of Voss. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Vehicle/Evading Arrest. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss.  The vehicle had been stolen two days earlier in an armed carjacking robbery.  Officers located the vehicle on Voss near San Felipe and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle fled from officers heading west on Westheimer. Officers had discontinued the pursuit and at Old Farm Road located a male pedestrian who had been stuck by the fleeing vehicle.  Officers then re-engaged in pursuit of the suspect vehicle. The pursuit continued west to Gessner, then North to Ella Lee and into an apartment building. 2 suspects exited the vehicle and ran on foot. As officers chased one of the suspect’s he was observed throwing a bag and handgun onto the roof of the apartments. Officers arrested him as he attempted to climb onto the roof himself.  Officers then recovered the handgun and drugs from the bag.  A search of the vehicle found a shotgun in the backseat. The 18-year-old suspect stated that he was the passenger, and the other suspect was the driver. The 18-year-old suspect was found to have prior arrests.  The 18-year-old identified the driver as a friend and that suspect was later found to be a fugitive from justice. The driver was located and arrested on 4/4/22 after a foot pursuit with HPD officers.  The 18-year-old was booked into the Harris County Jail as was the 19-year-old driver on 4/4/22. The stolen vehicle, 2 guns and drugs were recovered.  The HPD vehicular crimes unit took over the investigation of the pedestrian/vehicle accident that occurred at Old Farm and Westheimer Road. Additional charges are pending as per HPD.

4/2/22 at 0600 Hours. 10800 Block of Beinhorn. Burglary of a Building. Earlier in the week a glass door had been broken out by an unknown suspect(s). On this date when staff arrived at the building, they found that unknown suspect(s) had entered through the door that had the glass broken out previously and once inside the church broke out the glass in several interior doors. Nothing appeared to have been taken just the damage to the property. The interior doors were not locked but did have the damage done to the glass (x4).  Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

4/5/22 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 Block of Long Timbers. Forgery/Fraud.  The victim was notified of possible fraudulent activity on her bank account by her financial institution. A check of her accounts found multiple checks had been forged using her account number and signature.  3 checks had been altered from the original payee and 2 were created as the victim still had those blank checks in her possession. Further investigation found where an unknown person had changed the contact information on her Zelle account to someone else.  Information about the checks, payees and banks was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The accounts were all closed.

Piney Point

4/4/22 at 1930 Hours. 200 Block of Kensington. Aggravated Robbery. The victim stated that he had just arrived at his home and after parking in his driveway, he was robbed by a male suspect wearing a dark jogging suit, face mask and who was armed with a handgun.  The suspect took the victims watch before fleeing the area. The victim thought that he was possibly being followed by a dark SUV and had pulled over to let the vehicle pass before going to his home. Information was collected about the time and roadways used by the victim. The ALPR cameras were checked, and some vehicles of interest were identified.  Detectives were notified and have taken over the investigation. MVPD detectives are working with HPD detectives as the victim was probably followed from a restaurant in the Galleria area. 

 

 
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