Off-duty Friendswood police officer catches men installing skimmer device on gas pump
Two men were arrested early Monday morning after they were caught installing a credit card skimming device on a gas pump at a Friendswood gas station. Police arrested Hector Lorenzo Batista, 18, of Miami, FL, and Raul Alberto La Rosa Martinez, 21, of Houston. The men face felony charges of Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument for installing the device in order to capture credit card numbers of gas station customers.
Before the arrest, an off-duty Friendswood police officer noticed the two men at the Smart Stop gas station located at FM 2351 and Blackhawk Blvd. At 1:28 a.m., he alerted a marked Friendswood police unit who stopped the suspects after they left the gas station. While searching the suspects’ car, the police found drug paraphernalia, a laptop computer, various types of computer-style wiring and burglary tools. One of the suspects had keys that unlocked the gas pumps. When the store manager arrived, they removed the skimming device.
Batista and Martinez’ bonds were set at $2,000.
[Pictured left to right – Batista and Martinez]
Oct. 19 (5:28 p.m.) A resident in the 100 block of Estate Drive left for work at 4:30 a.m. and found that her purse and briefcase were missing from her vehicle. Her unlocked vehicle was parked in the driveway between 9:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. At the time of the report, no fraudulent charges were made on the credit cards left in the stolen purse.
Oct. 18 (7:40 a.m.) A resident in the 300 block of Lakeview Circle discovered that the front driver’s side headlight was missing from her vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the driveway and she found the interior light was left on when she came outside. She believes the theft of the headlight may have been around 2:30 a.m. when her dogs began barking.
Oct. 22 (9:58 p.m.) Rick Isaiah Torres, 36, of Friendswood, was charged with Theft (with three or more previous convictions). Torres is accused of stealing a basketful of groceries from the Kroger store located at 151 N. Friendswood Drive. He was stopped by Kroger employees but got into his gray Dodge Avenger and left. According to store employees, Torres frequents the store and regularly shoplifts. Torres was found in the 3500 block of Pine Valley in Pearland where he was taken into custody. The stolen merchandise was recovered and totaled $51.88. The stolen merchandise included candles, Kool Aid, chips, flour, Pop Tarts and beer. Torres’ bond was set at $25,000.
Oct. 17 (9:20 a.m.) The driver’s side window was shattered on a vehicle parked in the 2000 block of S. Mission Circle. A passerby noticed the damage and reported it to police. The owner of the vehicle was located and advised that the window was broken sometime between October 15 at 2:00 p.m. and October 17 at 3:00 a.m. Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle.
Oct. 18 (5:38 a.m.) Brent A. Bierd, 40, of Spring, and July Lynell Boman, 50, of Friendswood, were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Boman was stopped for expired registration and illegal glass tint in the 4000 block of FM 528. Boman did not have her driver’s license nor did the passenger, Bierd. Bierd did believe that he had traffic warrants and appeared to be very nervous. Bierd and Boman exited the vehicle and were checked for weapons. During the patdown search Bierd had what appeared to be a knife in his pocket. It was actually a glass meth pipe. The officer conducted a computer checked and found that Boman’s driver’s license was suspended and she had two active traffic warrants. Bierd’s license was also suspended and he had three active traffic warrants. When Boman declined to allow the officer to search the vehicle, a police narcotic K-9 arrived. The dog gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics and a search was conducted. The officer found methamphetamine and a butane lighter. At the jail, a more thorough search of Boman’s person revealed methamphetamine in her shorts pocket. Bierd’s bond was set at $15,000. Boman’s bond was set at $5,000.
Oct. 20 (2:28 p.m.) Carson Theodore Britton, 22, of Friendswood, and Morgan Renee Williams, 20, of Baytown, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A witness reported a red truck stuck in the ditch along an electrical easement in the area of Eagle Lakes and Trail View. The officer saw the truck from the roadway, saw a male and then saw a female, so he sounded his airhorn to let the two people around the vehicle know that he was there. That is when the female began to jog away from the vehicle. The officer gave out a clothing description of the man and woman to other police units and went to check on the vehicle. The vehicle was abandoned, unlocked and had a paper registration inside the vehicle identifying the owner as Morgan Williams. The emergency contact on Williams’ driver’s license was called; it was her father who provided information about his daughter and her boyfriend, Carson Britton. Police went to a residence in the 1200 block of Hawkhill Drive and found Britton and Williams. The officer followed Williams into the home where she was going to retrieve her identification. As she opened the door, the officer was hit with the overwhelming smell of marijuana. The officer told Williams that he could smell the marijuana. Williams said they had smoked it all, but the officer could see marijuana on the counter along with a glass pipe and marijuana grinder. Britton and Williams were arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Oct. 21 (12:53 a.m.) Shehriar Ali, 21, of Webster, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Ali was stopped for an insurance and equipment violation in the 400 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Ali provided his driver’s license, did not have insurance and appeared very nervous. Ali was asked to exit the vehicle and asked for his consent to search the vehicle. The officer found marijuana in 8 individual baggies, a scale, pipe and half-smoked joint. The items were all located in a bag that had an eviction noticed addressed to Ali. The two passengers, Imran Khowaja, 26, of Webster, and Keith Andres McRight, 23, of League City, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Oct. 22 (11:42 p.m.) James Taylor Pickett, 27, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 and Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Pickett was stopped in the roadway in the 16600 block of Townes Road. The vehicle had expired registration, so the officer contacted the driver. Pickett appeared nervous and would not let the officer search his vehicle. The officer had information that Pickett was out on bond for a drug offense. A police K-9 arrived and gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe. A back pack found in the bed of the vehicle contained items used to manufacture methamphetamine – propane bottles, a propane tip, wire, small pump, clear tubing, and containers.
Oct. 23 (2:34 a.m.) James Dillon Massow, 24, of Friendswood, was charged with Falsification of Drug Test Results. Massow was as passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding in the 2900 block of Mandale Road. During the contact, the smell of marijuana was detected. All of the occupants exited the vehicle. There was marijuana shake throughout the vehicle and a bottle of synthetic urine was found inside a work glove and hardhat. The vehicle belonged to Massow who claimed ownership of the synthetic urine for drug tests at his place of employment.
Oct. 24 (7:00 p.m.) Kevin Ortiz, 29, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3 and Driving While License Invalid. Ortiz was involved in a minor accident in the 100 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Ortiz ran a red light causing the accident and was driving with a suspended driver’s license. Ortiz was taken into custody and found to be in possession of three glass vials and a syringe. The three vials contained anabolic steroids.
Driving While Intoxicated
Oct. 22 (12:37 a.m.) Adam Noel Longoria, 32, of League City, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Longoria was driving with expired registration in the 3100 block of FM 528. Longoria exhibited signs of intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and provided a voluntary blood specimen.
Oct. 22 (4:08 a.m.) Armando Rodriguez, Jr., 30, of Pearland, was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of Illegal Smoking Product. Rodriguez was parked in front of the Shell gas station in the 4500 block of FM 2351 and was slumped over the steering wheel. The vehicle was running and had its lights on. The officer approached and knocked on the window. Rodriguez was asleep with his Bud Light still in the center console along with synthetic marijuana and cigarillos. Once he woke up, Rodriguez was taken to jail.
Oct. 24 (5:17 a.m.) Jordan Cyprien Lawrence, 22, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. Lawrence was standing in the roadway in the 1300 block of Oak Hollow Drive when he struck a car with his hand. The driver called police. When police arrived, Lawrence was found hiding behind a bush. He was intoxicated.
Oct. 22 (2:14 a.m.) Pictta Aragon, 41, of League City, was charged with No Driver’s License, Unreasonable Acceleration and Failure to Signal Lane Change. An officer was in the 3200 block of FM 528 when he noticed a white Toyota Celica traveling west bound. The vehicle lurched forward and accelerated so quickly that the tires broke free from the roadway and squealed. Then, the vehicle made a right hand turn onto Blackhawk Blvd without signaling his intent to turn. Aragon did not have a driver`s license issued by any state.
Oct. 17 (10:32 a.m.) A 16-year old runaway from Hitchcock was found in Friendswood. Victor Antonio Ramos, 18, of Friendswood, was charged with Harboring a Runaway. He was arrested at his home in the 200 block of Stonehenge Lane. The runaway was reported on October 11. Friends reported social media sightings of the runaway with Ramos.
Oct. 20 (10:17 p.m.) Alasia Lashaye Smith, 28, of Houston, was charged with Disorderly Conduct-Abusive Language. Police received a third party call about a disturbance at a residence in the 3700 block of Thursa. The caller said that Smith was his son’s ex-girlfriend; she was at the residence and had broken the television. When police arrived, Smith was in the front yard with a suitcase. The boyfriend wanted police to remove her from the property; however, Smith had proof that she was residing at the home. Police attempted to find a safe place for Smith to stay but soon found that she had been banned from the local women’s shelter. While on scene, Smith began to yell obscenities at the ex-boyfriend. Her language was loud enough for neighbors to hear. She was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.
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Registering your cell phone with Code Red
In Friendswood, the CodeRED emergency notification system allows the City and the police department to call citizens to warn them of danger or provide them with important information. With CodeRED, we can simultaneously call, text, or email, multiple individuals and businesses within an area that we designate, to warn of dangerous suspects, high police presence or important city-related information. Within moments, calls reach the affected community to deliver warnings and critical safety instructions.
If you receive a CodeRED call, the recorded voice will let you know it’s a message from the Police Department. Also, your caller ID should display the phone number 866-419-5000 (text messages come from 76127). The CodeRED system also works with a telecommunications device for the hearing impaired (TDD). If you have a telephone zapper used to block out telemarketers, or if your phone is blocked to unknown callers, you will not receive CodeRED calls.
CodeRED reaches numbers from two databases. One is the 911 database, which contains all listed and unlisted land lines in Friendswood. If you have a land line, it is automatically included in this database. The second is a database of cell phone numbers, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) numbers, and email addresses owned by people who have opted to receive the calls. If you don’t have a traditional land line phone, consider registering for this free service. To register, visit https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/655AC5D55998. Through this website, you can add additional numbers and locations to the notification database. Location is important as most notifications are sent to a specific geographic area.
Individuals and businesses can de-register their phone numbers and email addresses to prevent emergency notifications. To opt out of CodeRED messages please visit: https://ecnetwork.com/notification-opt-out/. You can also visit the registration page and modify your profile without completely opting out of notifications.
If your phone line is busy, CodeRED will keep calling back. If you have an answering machine or voicemail CodeRED will attempt to leave a message. If you don’t get a message, or would like to hear it again, you may call 866-419-5000 to receive the last message sent to your area.
Now Enrolling for Women’s RAD Training in November
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Thursday, November 10, from 6 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, November 11, from 6 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 12, from 4 PM to 8 PM
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