Police Report – November 28, 2016

Assault

Nov. 22 (2:20 p.m.) Celina Zepeda, 23, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily-Family Violence and Resisting Arrest, Search or Transport. Zepeda is accused of assaulting her live-in boyfriend. Officers attempted to interview Zepeda about the assault. She refused to cooperate and tried to walk back inside the residence. When an officer tried to detain her, Zepeda began screaming and pulling her arms away. Eventually, the officer was able to put her in handcuffs.

Nov. 26 (7:10 p.m.) Jeffrey Steven Evans, 38, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-Family Violence. Evans was highly intoxicated and involved in a physical disturbance with his father and brother in the 100 block of Laurelfield Drive.

Theft

Nov. 21 (3:40 p.m.) A theft was reported at the HEB store located at 701 W. Parkwood Avenue. An employee witnessed a man putting meat into plastic HEB bags, passing the point of sale and walking out of the pharmacy doors. The employee attempted to stop the suspect, but he became belligerent. The suspect was described as a white male, 6’1” tall, mid to late 30s, wearing a red shirt, grey shorts, black shoes and a baseball cap with white writing on the back. The suspect left the scene in an older model, small, silver, four-door vehicle driven by a female. The vehicle did not have a door covering the gas cap compartment, no front license plate and possibly had a paper temporary tag.

Nov. 21 (7:04 p.m.) Several pieces of jewelry, tools and electronics were stolen from a residence in the 1100 block of Peregrine Drive. The suspect had been staying with the victim when the victim found several pawn slips that showed jewelry and a computer tablet that she owned. The victim went to the pawn shop and located the items and was told to make a police offense report.

Nov. 25 (5:43 p.m.) A resident in the 16400 block of Forest Bend Drive was planning a move, so she packed assorted tools into boxes in her garage. When she came home from work, she noticed her son was gone and her front door was left unlocked. Her son’s belongings were gone along with three boxes of her tools from the garage.

Fraud

Nov. 23 (2:48 p.m.) A Friendswood couple found themselves entangled in a scam when they attempted to purchase a sphinx cat from a seller in Baltimore, Maryland. They signed a contract and agreed to purchase the cat for $820. She wired the seller the money via Western Union. Now, the seller can no longer be reached and the couple do not have a cat.

Narcotics

Nov. 28 (12:41 a.m.) Tonya Ranee Carter, 27, of Galveston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Carter was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a red light violation in the 16500 block of Blackhawk Blvd. During the traffic stop, the driver gave the officer permission to search his vehicle. The officer found a clear baggie with three Xanax pills inside Carter’s purse.

Driving While Intoxicated

Nov. 27 (2:37 a.m.) Isaias Mata, 35, of Houston, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. A witness flagged down an officer to advise her of a possible drunk driver in a white Hummer H2. The officer caught up to the suspected impaired driver and Mata was stopped in the 1200 block of W. Edgewood Drive for crossing the solid white line and driving on the shoulder. Mata exhibited signs of intoxication including the smell of alcohol. Mata failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. Mata’s bond was set at $1,000.

Traffic

Nov. 21 (10:05 a.m.) Carlos Lopez-Gutierrez, 28, of Houston, was charged with No Driver’s License and No Insurance. Lopez-Gutierrez was stopped for speeding in the 300 block of W. Edgewood Drive. He did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance.

Nov. 22 (12:32 a.m.) Stephen James Bandy, 34, of Webster, was charged with Failure to Identify-Fugitive. Bandy was stopped for expired registration and an insurance violation in the 4000 block of FM 2351. Bandy did not have any form of identification and told the officer that his name was Michael Bandy. The vehicle was registered to Stephen and Michael Bandy and the officer discovered that a warrant was issued for the arrest of Stephen Bandy who also had a suspended driver’s license. After some questioning, Bandy admitted to using his brother’s identifiers.

Nov. 22 (10:42 p.m.) Carlos Alberto Rivera, 35, of Porter, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 400 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Rivera was stopped for speeding. He presented a Florida driver’s license. The officer conducted a driving status check and found that Rivera’s Florida license was suspended. Rivera was issued a citation for the speeding charge and for having an open container of alcohol inside his vehicle.

Nov. 24 (2:23 a.m.) Ryan William Smith, 26, of Webster, was charged with Driving While License Invalid. Smith was stopped for speeding in the 3000 block of FM 528. Smith quickly turned into the Jack-in-the-Box and revved his engine while stopped in the drive thru line. The officer had Smith exit his vehicle and checked his driving status. Smith’s driver’s license was suspended.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

While the holiday weekend may be over, the shopping frenzy continues with Cyber Monday. Many people are now turning to the Internet to scoop up more deals and steals. Cyber crooks will be looking to cash in by scamming vulnerable shoppers, so here are some tips:

First, never give out your social security number. Also, be sure to skip the option to store your credit card information on a retailer’s website.

Be careful when shopping on big chain websites. Sometimes you can get redirected to another site that is not legitimate.

And, make sure your checkout is secure – the little padlock showing your data is being encrypted when you are sending it is a must.

Finally, use your credit card for all online purchases, not your debit card. That way, the card isn’t connected to your checking account.

Blue Santa – Friendswood

The Friendswood Police Department will once again hand out toys as part of the Blue Santa program. There are a lot of kids who won’t be getting any gifts this year, but in the holiday spirit, Blue Santa and the Friendswood Police Officers Association do what we can to help.

Blue Santa is a 20-plus year tradition in Friendswood. Starting in November, Blue Santa collects new, unwrapped toys to give away to those in need, in schools, neighborhoods, and struggling homes. The community is invited to help, and donations of new, unwrapped toys are being accepted at the Friendswood Police Department until December 16.

We wish we could see the kids’ reactions and faces on Christmas morning. Instead, we see the relief, surprise and thankfulness in the eyes of the parents. We know this program makes a difference and matters in the lives of the families we serve.

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