Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Officers in Action

Recently a male waked into an insurance company armed with what the victim and witnesses described as a machine gun. The suspect inserted an ammunition magazine in the weapon, pointed it at the citizens inside the business and told them “don’t do anything stupid, where’s the money?” The suspect then walked toward the owner of the business, placed the muzzle of the rifle in the chest of a customer and told the owner to “empty the cash register.” The owner, who immediately recognized the suspect as the same person who had robbed the business previously, complied and handed over the cash. The suspect also stole cash from a customer who was inside the business at the time. After the robbery, the suspect fled from the location by car. Officer M. Ramsey was the first officer to arrive on the scene and confirmed the suspect and vehicle description. Officer Ramsey then broadcast the description of the suspect and the vehicle over the police radio.

While Officer Ramsey was still at the original scene, Officers E. Martinez and L. Valle, assigned to the Divisional Tactical Unit, headed to the area where the vehicle was last seen. Within minutes, Officers Valle and Martinez found a vehicle matching the description parked in a driveway at a residence. Officers also observed two males and one female in the backyard of the residence. As soon as they stepped out of the patrol car they observed one of the males, who matched the suspect’s description get up and walk into the house. Officers spoke with the other two people and learned the vehicle belonged to the individual who had walked into the house. After a few moments the male walked out of the house to speak with Officers Valle and Martinez, they immediately observed he had changed his clothes and was now wearing a different outfit. The male was detained for further investigation and brought back to the original crime scene where he was positively identified by the victim as well as all witnesses as the person who had just robbed the business.

Officers Valle and Martinez booked the suspect into jail where he was eventually interrogated by Robbery detectives giving a full confession to his involvement in the robbery. The suspect was then charged with aggravated robbery in this case as well as the previous robbery.

Officers Ramsey, Valle and Martinez are a credit to the Houston Police Department and the Eastside Division. HPD would like to commend these officers for their excellent work in capturing a truly dangerous individual and making the streets of Houston a safer place.


Anonymous said...

Great work!

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