Traffic stop leads to arrest of fugitive wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
An officer was patrolling in the 400 block of E. Parkwood at 1:18 p.m. on November 2 when he noticed that a vehicle in front of him had a back-seat passenger that appeared to be moving freely in the backseat and not secured with a safety restraint. The officer checked the registration on the vehicle; it was from out of town, so the officer monitored the vehicle activity as it turned into a subdivision where the driver was driving aimlessly through the neighborhood turning onto Briar Creek. The vehicle continued winding through streets until it reached Sunset. Then, the vehicle traveled across town and to the Annalea subdivision where the driver was stopped by the officer in the 400 block of Mary Ann. Christopher Eric Vandeman, 39, of Friendswood, exited the vehicle and took off running for the front door of a home. Officers identified themselves and ordered Vandeman to stop. Instead, he kept going, went into the residence and locked the door behind him. Vandeman’s mother answered the door and let the officer inside. Vandeman was taken into custody. A female in the back seat and Nicholas Don Skyhorse, 35, of Baytown, were identified at the vehicle. The officer checked them for warrants and found that Skyhorse was wanted on a felony warrant in Anderson County. The warrant was confirmed and Skyhorse was taken into custody. Vandeman was charged with Evading Arrest on Foot. Skyhorse was arrested for a felony warrant out of Anderson County charging him with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
[pictured left to right – Nicholas Skyhorse and Christopher Vandeman]
A 13-year old teenage was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence in the 400 block of Woodlawn Drive. Police responded to an anonymous call about a physical disturbance between a mother and son. The argument began when the mother brought home fast food that the teenager did not want. The argument escalated and the mother was punched and bitten by her son. The mother was transported to the hospital for her injuries. The teenager was taken into custody and transported to the Juvenile Justice Center in Texas City.
Nov. 5 (4:30 a.m.) Carson Theodore Britton, 22, of Friendswood, was charged with Aggravated Assault-Family Violence. He was taken into custody after his girlfriend showed up at a Baytown hospital at 4:30 a.m. on November 5, seeking treatment for injuries sustained during a fight with Britton in the 1200 block of Hawkhill Drive. Britton allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a metal flashlight. She sustained a broken nose and multiple bruises during the fight. The assault occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. Later that morning, officers showed up at Britton’s home where they recovered the weapon used during the assault and took Britton into custody. While inside the home, officers discovered a small marijuana growing operation inside Britton’s bedroom. Britton’s bond was set at $40,000.
[pictured – Carson Britton]
Nov. 6 (1:50 a.m.) Jake Robert Potter, 28, of Friendswood, was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. Potter was involved in a disturbance in the 17100 block of Blackhawk Blvd. Once officers arrived and tried to detain him, Potter assaulted one of the officers. The officer did require medical attention for the injury.
Nov. 4 (1:30 p.m.) Approximately one hundred dollars in change was allegedly stolen out of a vehicle parked in the 1900 block of Blue Quail. The burglary occurred sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The victim noticed some of the change on the ground. The vehicle was left unlocked and the victim had workers at her home during the time of the burglary.
Nov. 6 (1:37 a.m.) Kyle Lee Thomas, 31, of Friendswood, was charged with Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass and Silent or Abusive Calls to 911 Service. Police responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 600 block of E. Castle Harbour. As officers arrived in the area, they were flagged down by Thomas, who was highly intoxicated. Thomas punched in the glass of a residence, kicked in the door and made entry into the home thinking it was his own house. At the jail, Thomas thought it would be amusing to dial 911 from his jail cell. He told the dispatcher that someone accidentally locked him in a cell and wanted someone to let him out. That call was followed by Thomas’ making a 911 call and breathing on the phone. Thomas’ bond was set at $3,500.
[pictured – Kyle Thomas]
Oct. 31 (4:38 p.m.) A customer at the Wok D’Lite restaurant, located at 202 S. Friendswood Drive, reported a stolen cell phone. The customer was eating lunch at 11:15 a.m. and left his cell phone in the booth. He drove home, realized his phone was missing and drove back to the restaurant but the phone was not there. Surveillance video showed a heavy-set Hispanic male wearing a white New York Yankee’s hat and a blue shirt sitting in the booth next to the victim. Then, the victim’s wife contacted a Hispanic female named Anna who answered the phone. Anna agreed to let them pick up the phone because they could not use it. A meeting point was set at an Exxon station in Pearland; however, the guilty party did not show up.
Nov. 1 (2:11 p.m.) A customer at the Friends Pub, located at 2407 W. Parkwood Avenue, reported the theft of a purse. The customer was at the pub between 11:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. While there, she left her purse at her seat while she went to the restroom. When she left the pub at 2:00 a.m., she realized that her purse was missing.
Nov. 2 (8:23 a.m.) A wallet was stolen from on top of the ATM machine at the Wells Fargo bank located at 830 S. Friendswood Drive. The victim was depositing money when he placed his wallet on top of the machine. An older model gray pick-up pulled up while he was conducting his business, so he hurried along so that he would not hold up the line. When he left the ATM, he went to City Hall to vote and realized he left his wallet at the ATM. When he went back, the wallet was gone.
Nov. 2 (3:07 p.m.) Sometime between October 31 and November 2, four yellow ice plants in yellow pots were stolen from the front yard of a residence in the 200 block of W. Castle Harbour Drive.
Nov. 4 (8:46 a.m.) An internal theft was reported at Good Ole Boys Automotive Care located at 3505 FM 528. An employee is accused of stealing a vehicle diagnostic scan tool. The employee asked to borrow the tool on October 24. The employee left the shop with the tool and has not been seen since.
Nov. 5 (12:30 p.m.) A resident at the Bridgestone Apartments located at 4949 FM 2351 placed his cell phone on the edge of the bed of his truck and forgot about it. When he went back to look for it, it was gone. As the officer was speaking with the victim, the phone was being tracked and was moving around close to the area. Later that evening, the victim tracked his phone to an apartment at Baywood Apartments located at 5025 FM 2351. The victim contacted a female at that location who handed him the phone. The victim did not want to pursue charges.
Nov. 5 (2:06 p.m.) Police are investigating a theft of medication by an employee at Friendship Haven Nursing Home located at 213 E Heritage Drive.
Nov. 1 (5:50 p.m.) Affairs of the heart may be to blame for vandalism to a vehicle in the 2000 block of Pebble Lane. The man-in-the-middle witnessed the vandalism take place. When no agreement to fix damage was reached, the victim contacted police to file criminal charges.
Oct. 31 (10:38 p.m.) Xavier Alexzander Green, 23, of Pearland, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Green was stopped in the 17000 block of Barcelona Drive after he ran a stop sign on Blackhawk at Laura Leigh. During contact with Green, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. Green exited the vehicle and attempted to stuff something down the front of his pants; it was a glass pipe with marijuana residue. The officer searched the vehicle and found some weed, a scale, a glass pipe and rolling papers.
Nov. 1 (3:42 p.m.) Christian Arredondo, 26, of Pasadena, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3 and for warrants charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to deliver – felony, Aggravated Assault – felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2 – felony, and Unlawful Carry of a Weapon. Arredondo was stopped for an expired temporary license plate in the 4500 block of FM 2351. Arredondo appeared nervous and was fumbling through some paperwork. He exited the vehicle and had marijuana residue on his shirt. Arredondo’s license was suspended and he had four Harris County warrants. Arredondo was taken into custody and an inventory of his vehicle was conducted. During the inventory, the officer found a baggie of marijuana and a couple of Xanax pills. An officer transported Christian Arredondo to the Harris County Jail following his arrest and processing at the Friendswood Jail. At the Harris County jail, Arredondo was found to be in possession of Ecstasy pills. A detention officer found the pills concealed inside the waistband of Arredondo’s shorts. Arredondo was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2.
Nov. 2 (12:02 a.m.) Reynaldo Gomez, 39, of Houston, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and Possession of Marijuana. He also had warrants for his arrest in Dickinson. Gomez was banging on his ex-wife’s door and yelling in the 600 block of N. Clear Creek Drive. When an officer arrived in the area, Gomez was driving at a high rate of speed and was stopped in the 200 block of Leisure Lane. Gomez’ driver’s license was suspended and he had outstanding warrants in Dickinson. The officer was given permission to search his vehicle and found three baggies of marijuana and two glass pipes.
Nov. 3 (11:30 p.m.) William Anthony Herron, 54, of Alvin, and Pamela Allen Trout, 39, of Pasadena, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Herron was stopped for an insurance violation in the 4000 block of FM 2351. Both Herron and his passenger, Trout, seemed to be looking around the interior of the vehicle and acting suspiciously. Herron exited the vehicle. He declined a consent search his vehicle. A police K-9 soon arrived and gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics and a probable cause search was conducted. The officer found a methamphetamine pipe and a scale.
Nov. 4 (1:00 a.m.) Zachary Michael Barry, 28, of La Porte, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3 and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. Barry made an illegal left turn in the 3300 block of FM 528. Barry appeared to be unreasonably nervous given the minor traffic violation. When the officer began speaking with Barry about a vehicle search, Barry advised that a woman left some prescription pills inside his vehicle. The officer conducted a search and retrieved five Xanax pills and four Somas. He had a cut straw with cocaine residue on the front seat and a pouch containing synthetic urine, a leg strap and thermometer. At the jail, a fifth Soma fell out of Barry’s pants.
Nov. 5 (2:36 a.m.) A 16-year old teenager was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. An officer checked on five teens congregated at a park in the 800 block of Castlewood after curfew. The 16-year old was observed throwing something on the ground. He was intoxicated and detained. The item thrown was a baggie with two Ecstasy pills. He was booked and released to his father.
Nov. 7 (2:13 p.m.) Jessica Lynn Mooring, 25, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Benjamin Stephen Wright, 35, of Pearland, had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Wright was stopped for expired registration in the 1500 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. The officer checked Wright’s driving status and found that he had warrants in Harris County. Mooring exited the vehicle and had a meth pipe in her pants. An inventory of the vehicle revealed two pipes and methamphetamine. At the jail, Mooring was found with more methamphetamine.
Driving While Intoxicated
Nov. 1 (2:41 a.m.) Stephen Carter Jones, 27, of Pearland, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. An officer was behind Jones’ vehicle in the 3300 block of FM 528 when he noticed Jones’ car driving outside his lane and onto the shoulder. Then, Jones made a wide right turn onto Blackhawk Blvd and had expired registration. During contact with Jones, he exhibited signs of intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and failed a breath test.
Nov. 4 (2:36 a.m.) Shane Patrick Moran, 28, of La Porte, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. An officer observed Moran driving partially in an outside lane with both right tires over the dashed lane divider putting his vehicle dangerously close to a vehicle traveling beside him. The officer turned around and was able to stop Moran in the 3600 block of Crofterglen Drive. Moran exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and volunteered to provide a blood test. Moran has a prior conviction for DWI.
Nov. 6 (1:05 a.m.) Brandon Thomas Dubrock, 21, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication when officers were called to the 300 block of Maplewood Drive for a suspicious person lying in the middle of the roadway. When the officer arrived, he briefly spoke with the witness and then tried to awaken Dubrock. Dubrock was highly intoxicated.
Oct. 31 (7:21 p.m.) Andrew Lloyd Williamson, 17, of Friendswood, was charged with Terroristic Threat. Williamson was driving recklessly around Cloud Croft and Eagle Lakes Drive. Parents were out trick-or-treating with their children and more than one person yelled at Williamson to slow down. Two men stepped out in the roadway to ask the driver to slow down. Williamson exited his vehicle and threatened to do bodily harm to them. Williamson called one of the men an ugly name and said that he had something in the car for him. As Williamson reached in his vehicle, Williamson’s girlfriend stopped him, made him get back into the car and they left the scene. Both the victim and witness believed Williamson was reaching for a weapon. A check of local records showed that Williamson had been involved in incidents of road rage in the past. Officers located Williamson parked in the 1400 block of Buttonwood Drive and took him into custody.
Nov. 3 (10:38 a.m.) Dean Allen Stevens, II, 26, of Santa Fe, was charged with Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence. Paul Justin Stewart, 30, of Webster, was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. Stewart was stopped at the intersection of W. Bay Area Blvd and FM 528 when an officer noticed that he had a brake light out. The officer turned on his emergency lights to let the driver know about the brake light when the occupants began to move about inside the vehicle. Then, the vehicle crossed all three lanes of traffic, pulled toward the shoulder of the roadway near the grass. The passenger, Stevens, threw something out of the window. Once the vehicle stopped, both of the occupants were immediately detained. The smell of marijuana was present and Stewart told officers that they could not search his vehicle. Stevens still had marijuana on his teeth and in his mouth where he tried to eat the evidence prior to the traffic stop. Stevens told officers that he was getting sick from the marijuana he ingested and medics were called to the scene.
Nov. 5 (4:24 p.m.) Maria Dela Carbajal-Guerrero, 27, of Alvin, was charged with Failure to Identify – Fugitive. Carbajal-Guerrero was stopped for an insurance violation in the 17100 block of Townes Road. At the time of the stop, Carbajal-Guerrero did not have her driver’s license and identified herself as Maria Villarreal. The officer checked the name of the registered owner of the vehicle, Maria Carbajal-Guerrero, located a suspended driver’s license with a photo that match the person he had stopped. Carbajal-Guerrero also had warrants in Dickinson.
Nov. 6 (1:10 a.m.) While an officer was driving in the 700 block of W. Parkwood Avenue, a vehicle next to him made an unsafe lane change causing the officer to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision. Once the driver was stopped, he was identified and found to be a 14-year old unlicensed driver. His father, Isidro Escobar Hernandez, 40, of Webster, was the front seat passenger who advised he was teaching his son to drive. Hernandez was intoxicated, was taken into custody and charged with Public Intoxication and Permit Unlicensed Minor to Drive. Another 10-year old boy was also in the vehicle.
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Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping
Before you start your holiday shopping, remember to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Make sure security measures are in place, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
Keep a Clean Machine: All the devices you use for shopping – including smartphones and
tablets – should have up-to-date software including security software, operating systems, programs and apps.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
Think Before you Act: Be wary of communications that offer amazing deals that sound too good to be true and implore you to act immediately – including those about a problem with an order or payment or ask you to view the website via a provided link.
Get Savvy about Wi-Fi Hotspots: Don’t share personal or financial information over an unsecured network (a connection that doesn’t require a password for access). Using the direct web access on your phone (via a 3G/4G connection) is safer than an unsecured wireless network when on your mobile device.
Make Sure the Site is Legitimate: This includes a closed padlock on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https. This indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured. For new sites, check online reviews.
Use Safe Payment Options: Credit cards are generally the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn’t delivered or isn’t what was ordered. Credit cards may have a limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service.
Keep a Paper Trail: Save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of email exchanges with the seller. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it immediately.