Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, July 23, 2021
From the Office of the Chief of Police

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.”

This is 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 community.

We remain 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 involved.

Anyone with any information about this event is asked to call Detective Cerny at 713-365-3700 or email him at bcerny@mvpdtx.org

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 rschultz@mvpdtx.org

 

Weekly Report

Bunker Hill

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 investigation.

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. 

Piney Point

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. 

Hunters Creek

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. 

 
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