More teens with guns
Anthony Joshua Moya, 17, of Webster, was stopped for driving with a defective headlight and an insurance violation at 11:36 p.m. on November 19. He did not immediately stop. Instead, he changed lanes and continued driving while he and the passenger moved around and appeared to be hiding something inside the vehicle. The officer gave instructions over the public address system for the vehicle to pull over.
Once the officer contacted Moya, he opened his door and the smell of marijuana was detected. Moya and the passenger, Juan Alberto Gonzalez, 17, of Pasadena, exited the vehicle and both were detained.
The officer conducted a search and found a jar of marijuana, a handgun, scales, small black plastic baggies, rolling papers, bottles with codeine residue, a black face mask and a plastic mask.
Moya was charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapons and Possession of Marijuana. Gonzalez was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both are students in Pasadena ISD.
Police officials are concerned about the safeguarding of weapons and access to weapons by teenagers. The police investigation is continuing to determine the registered owner of the gun and what the motive may be for the masks and the gun. The information is being shared with area agencies.
[Pictured left to right – Anthony Moya and Juan Gonzalez]
Nov. 18 (11:01 p.m.) Gabriel Seth White, 28, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact – Family Violence. White was involved in a disturbance at the Bridgestone Apartments located at 4949 FM 2351. White is accused of pushing a woman to the ground.
Nov. 20 (7:24 p.m.) Robert Thomas O’Neil, 34, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Violence. O’Neil is accused of assaulting his mother at her home in the 700 block of Cedarwood. He took off on foot before officers arrived, but was found sitting inside the laundrymat in the 600 block of S. Friendswood Drive.
Nov. 19 (9:49 a.m.) A vehicle was burglarized at Centennial Park located at 2200 S. Friendswood Drive. The passenger side window was busted and a purse was stolen. The burglary occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. A witness heard the car alarm go off and saw a grey SUV leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed; however, a license plate number was not obtained.
Nov. 15 (2:19 p.m.) A metal bench was stolen from in front of an apartment at the Gardens at Friendswood Lakes Apartments located at 1423 W. Parkwood Avenue on November 14. The bench is long and has the Texas and American flag on it with the Texas state seal in the middle. A suspect has been named.
Nov. 19 (12:14 p.m.) Approximately $1,000 cash was stolen from a jar inside an apartment located at 17231 Blackhawk Blvd on November 15. A repairman was inside the apartment at the time of the theft.
Nov. 16 (3:49 p.m.) Lisa Marette Curry, 48, of League City, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Curry was stopped for not using her turn signal at S. Friendswood Drive and E. Castlewood Drive. Curry appeared to be overly nervous for the minor traffic infraction and continued to sort through her belongings after she had already provided the officer with her driver’s license and insurance. Curry was asked to exit the vehicle while the officer checked her driving status. She kept walking over to the driver’s side window and would not remain still. The officer asked for and received consent to search Curry’s vehicle. He found 3 Hydrocodone pills without a prescription inside Curry’s purse. Her bond was set at $1,500.
Nov. 17 (2:54 a.m.) Mario Ryan Barragan, 25, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2. Barragan was stopped for running a red light in the 16600 block of Beamer Road. As soon as Barragan rolled down his window, the officer was overwhelmed by the strong smell of marijuana. Barragan exited the vehicle. He told the officer he had a bong in the vehicle but nothing else. The officer conducted a search and seized the bong and marijuana butter.
Nov. 18 (11:16 p.m.) Haleigh Renee Dunlap, 17, of League City, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. An officer responded to a disturbance at the Bridgestone Apartments located at 4949 FM 2351 when he found two people smoking marijuana inside a vehicle. Dunlap was taken into custody for possession of marijuana and a 16-year old League City boy was taken into custody for possession of 3.4 grams of Ecstasy.
Driving While Intoxicated
Nov. 15 (11:08 p.m.) Zachary Steven Patton, 40, of Pearland, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Evading Arrest or Detention. An officer attempted to stop Patton for running a red light. He refused to stop for police. Instead, he turned off of E. Edgewood into the entrance to the Forest of Friendswood. He accelerated and turned left onto Trail Head where he lost control of his vehicle, hit a culvert, and flipped his car upside down. The officer was able to free Patton from the vehicle by cutting the seat belt and pulling him through the back window. Patton was treated by EMS, transported to a local hospital and later released into police custody. Police later learned that witnesses reported an intoxicated driver at the Webster Taco Cabana that matched the description of Patton and his vehicle. A blood search warrant was executed at the hospital. Patton’s bond was set at $11,500.
Nov. 20 (12:41 a.m.) Moises Emilio Pacheco, 25, of Webster, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Pacheco was stopped in the 400 block of E. Edgwood Drive for running a stop sign. During contact with Pacheco, the officer detected the smell of alcohol on his breath. Pacheco exhibited signs of intoxication and had a half empty bottle of Smirnoff standing up on the floorboard behind the passenger seat. Pacheco failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. A blood search warrant was filed and approved. Pacheco was transported to a local hospital for the blood draw.
Nov. 14 (7:08 p.m.) Michael Ray Settles, 34, of Pasadena, was charged with Driving While License Invalid, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Expired Registration and No Insurance. Steven Grant Lawrence, 34, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Settles was stopped for an insurance violation in the 3600 block of FM 528. While coming to a stop, the driver and passenger appeared to be trying to hide something. Settles had a suspended driver’s license, no insurance and was on parole for methamphetamine possession. The passenger, Lawrence, was having a hard time being still. He had sores all over his exposed skin, was missing teeth and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug or narcotic. Lawrence exited the vehicle and a small item fell from his pants and onto the ground. It was a baggie containing methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle yielded two meth pipes, an assortment of butane lighters, butane fuel cans, a digital scale and empty plastic baggies.
Nov. 16 (3:18 p.m.) Matthew Stephen Lowe, 22, of Rosharon, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 200 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Lowe was stopped for expired out-of-state registration. Lowe told the officer that his driver’s license was suspended and he had warrants. The officer confirmed the suspended license and the Pearland warrant.
Nov. 20 (4:08 p.m.) Martin Alejandro Gonzalez, 21, of Pearland, was charged with No Driver’s License, Defective Stop Lamps, and No Insurance in the 5200 block of FM 2351.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Let’s Talk Turkey!
Thanksgiving; it’s the busiest travel time of the year, and it is here! Travel safety and prevention tips have taken on a new meaning because opportunistic thieves may be looking for unprotected homes or pre-occupied travelers. The Friendswood Police Department wishes you a safe Thanksgiving holiday with these safety tips to avoid problems at the beginning of a joyful season!
Safety begins at home. Make sure your house looks “lived in” when you are away. Lock all doors and windows, set household lights on timers. If you have an alarm system, use it to control access points. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your house.
Watch out for clever criminals. Do not stop if your car is bumped from behind or if someone says there is something wrong with your car. Go to a well-lit, populated area and call for help. Fill the gas tank before dark. Roll up your windows and lock your doors while you fill the gas tank. Upon arrival at your destination, remove valuables from your car and lock the doors.
Safety away from home. Carry money separately from credit cards. Do no overburden yourself with packages to avoid being an easy target. Stick to well-lighted and well-traveled locations. Select ATM machines in visible, will-lighted locations. Do not leave valuables in your hotel room. Keep your hotel room door locked, even when you are inside.
What is Blue Santa?
Police officers are here to protect the community. Sometimes that means protecting happiness by showing our children their community cares about them and will not leave them behind. Blue Santa is a community service program that has been around for more than two decades sponsored by the Friendswood Police Officers Association (FPOA). Blue Santa is all about bringing hope and joy to families struggling to make ends meet during the toughest time of the year.
Police officers are in a unique position of seeing the struggles families endure throughout the year. The Friendswood Police Officers Association recognizes those difficulties and partners with the citizens, businesses, civic groups and school organizations to collect toys and monetary donations for the Blue Santa program.
One of the most effective ways to help Blue Santa is by having a toy drive and donating the toys to Blue Santa. Toys collected can be dropped off at the Friendswood Police Department. The deadline to drop off toy donations is December 16 so that Blue Santa workers can sort, wrap and distribute the toys in time for Christmas.
For more information about the Blue Santa program, call Officer Lisa Price at 281-996-3313 or stop by the Friendswood Police Department at 1600 Whitaker Drive.