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Friendswood Police Activity Report May 14-20, 2012

Date: May 21, 2012

Friendswood Police Activity Report May 14-20, 2012




May 19 (4:36 p.m.) A vehicle parked at Bales Intermediate, located at 211 Stadium Lane, was burglarized. The vehicle was parked in the northwest corner of the parking lot during baseball games at Renwick Park. Sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., the rear passenger window was shattered and a white Coach purse was stolen. 


May 15 (9:15 p.m.) A resident in the 700 block of Evergreen Drive arrived home to find that someone had attempted to enter her residence through a side door. The attempted burglary occurred between 7:10 a.m. and 6:10 p.m.  It appeared that someone tried to kick in the door but was unsuccessful. A neighbor described a light-colored truck and a light colored car parked in the driveway with several white males standing outside the vehicles.  The neighbor did not recognize the men or the vehicles and did not call the police to investigate the suspicious activity. 


May 16 (7:19 a.m.) Sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 7:16 a.m., a vehicle was burglarized in the 5200 block of Abercreek Avenue. The back doors of the van were open and the rear glass window was broken. A sewer line camera system was stolen.


May 17 (2:16 a.m.) A burglary was reported at the Skyhawk Apartments located at 17231 Blackhawk Blvd.  The victim left his apartment at around 11:00 p.m.  When he returned at 2:15 a.m., he noticed that the front door of his apartment was wide open and a large rock was in the living room. The sliding glass door was shattered, the bedroom was ransacked, several electronics, a shot gun and jewelry were stolen. A witness told police that around 12:30 a.m., she heard a loud noise, like glass breaking, and then saw a black male jump the fence between Skyhawk and Baymeadows Apartments. The male is described as 6 feet tall, short hair, clean shaven, early 20s, glasses, dark t-shirt, and blue jeans. The man then got into a white SUV, possibly a Honda Pilot, with temporary license plates.




May 17 (2:51 a.m.) A loss prevention officer working inside Kroger, located at 151 N. Friendswood Drive, told police that he observed two black females, in their early to mid 20s, stealing 19 Blue Ray DVDS.  The women placed the DVDs into a handbag and left the store. The Kroger employee approached the women, confronted them about the theft, and asked them to go with him to the office.  The Kroger employee was then approached by a white male, early to mid 20s, wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts and a red baseball hat.  The man accused the employee of harassing the two women, told him to get out of his way and then bumped the employee’s shoulder. All three suspects then got into a gold-colored Infinity 4-door and headed toward Pearland. The loss prevention officer looked back at surveillance video and saw that the white male stole three bags of chicken breasts before leaving the store.


May 18 (11:33 a.m.) A resident in the 100 block of Hawk Bay Drive told police that he purchased magazines from a door-to-door salesman in November 2011, but has never received the purchased items.




May 18 (3:28 p.m.) A resident in the 5200 block of Whittier Oaks Drive told police that he had received a letter from a credit collection agency saying that he owed more than $300 for a hot check. The check was written on a checking account that the victim has not had in more than two years.


May 18 (7:11 p.m.) A resident in the 16900 block of Ravine Circle received a letter that said she owed a balance for a loan that she had secured from Speedy Cash.  The victim claims that she has never applied for a loan with Speedy cash.


May 15 (6:15 p.m.) In March, a Friendswood woman began receiving phone calls alerting her about a $3.5 million prize that she had won.  A sweepstakes company, who identified themselves as American Eagle Sweepstakes, told the woman that she had to pay a 1% tax on the $3.5 million, an amount they said would be $7000.  Over the past couple of months, the woman wired money to several different locations in hopes of claiming the grand prize. In three different wire transactions the woman sent $17,500. Family members and the bank warned the woman that she was the victim of a scam.  When the woman again tried to wire money, the bank refused to send it and contacted their fraud department.


Family Violence                              


May 20 (3:03 p.m.) Joel Christian Kelly, 19, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact. Officers responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 1900 block of Candlelight Court.  Kelly is accused of pushing his fiancé down and holding her by her arms and refusing to let go.


May 15 (6:55 p.m.) Dale E. Marwood, 45, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-family violence. Marital discord is at the center of a disturbance reported in the 1800 block of Hunt Drive. Dale is accused of pushing his father-in-law.




May 14 (2:35 a.m.) Tiffany Marie Terry, 31, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. She was stopped for a traffic violation in the 100 block of N. Friendswood Drive. Once Terry was identified, the officer checked her driver’s license status and found that her license was suspended. Terry’s passenger also had a suspended license. Terry consented to a search of her vehicle.  Officers found a makeup bag containing marijuana and a marijuana pipe.


May 15 (1:17 a.m.) Kelly Marie Wilson (aka Ruthanna Schmitgen), 22, of Friendswood, was charged with Failure to Identify-Fugitive from Justice and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Wilson was stopped in the 600 block of S. Friendswood Drive for driving with an expired registration. Wilson identified herself as Ruthanna Schmitgen. She did not have a driver’s license or insurance.  As she exited her vehicle, the officer watched as she attempted to conceal a metal pipe in the driver’s seat along with a copper brillo pad. Later that morning, an officer conducting jail duties recognized the woman was being Kelly Wilson. Wilson had three outstanding warrants.


May 15 (5:45 p.m.) Peter Jonathan Elliott, 34, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and No Insurance.  An officer was running stationary radar in the 16400 block of Barcelona due to complaints about speeding vehicles and high traffic flow caused by construction detours.  Elliott was speeding in his Lexus as he turned from Friendswood Link and onto Barcelona. He was stopped in the 5100 block of Centennial. Before the officer could approach him, Elliott appeared to be reaching around inside the vehicle and then quickly exited.  Elliott did not have insurance and continued to act suspicious and nervous.  During the contact, the officer learned that Elliott had injected Methamphetamine approximately 2 hours prior to being stopped.  The officer did a cursory search of the area around the driver and found a metal pill fob containing a white powder residue that Elliott claimed was Hydrocodone. Elliott also had outstanding warrants.


May 16 (3:14 a.m.) Jordan Jetty Lewis, 19, of League City, was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Furnishing Alcohol to Minors and Minor Consuming Alcohol.  Officers were dispatched to an underage drinking party in the 400 block of Fieldcreek Drive. As officers arrived, the light went out inside the house and people began running throughout the residence. The officers could hear people talking; however, no one answered the door. There was a GMC pickup in the driveway.  An officer looked into the pickup and observed, in plain view, a bag of marijuana in the cupholder. The person responsible for the residence, Nicholas Asemota, 19, told the officer that the party got out of hand and identified Lewis as the owner of the pickup. Lewis had been drinking alcohol and was identified as the person who brought a keg of beer to the residence.  Asemota was issued a citation for Open Party and the keg was confiscated.  Lewis was taken into custody.


May 16 (5:32 p.m.) Jeremiah David Tyson, 30, of Pearland, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3.  Tyson was stopped in the 100 block of N. Friendswood Drive for driving with an expired registration. Tyson was very nervous during his contact with police and said that he was having a hard time contacting the person who he bought the vehicle from so that he could get the title and registration. Tyson refused to allow officers to search his vehicle, but then admitted to having Valium under the front seat. 


May 17 (2:47 p.m.) Victoria Maddux, 21, of League City, was charged with Possession of Marijuana.  Maddoux was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the 2200 block of S. Friendswood Drive. The driver admitted to the officer that he was trying to get away from the officer in the HEB parking lot. The driver was just released from prison and is on parole. Maddux got out of the car and asked the officer if she could get her phone out of her purse.  Maddux pulled out a pouch from her purse exposing a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe.


May 17 (8:06 p.m.) David Lee Overbey, 22, of Pasadena, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.  Overbey was stopped for a traffic violation and for littering in the 1800 block of W. Bay Area Blvd. Overbey began making suspicious movements toward his boot. Soon, officers found approximately 1 ounce of Ecstasy in his boot.  Officers later located two hits of acid (LSD) and a small amount of marijuana. Overbey’s bond was set at $30,000.


Driving While Intoxicated


May 18 (12:39 a.m.) Scott Thomas Hymel, 44, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated-2ndoffense.  Hymel was stopped in the 16500 block of Barcelona Drive after he was observed weaving outside his lane of travel. As the officer approached Hymel, he immediately detected the smell of alcohol. Hymel exhibited signs of intoxication and had an open can of Miller Lite inside a large cup in the center console. Hymel failed a field sobriety test, refusing to take many of the tests.  Due to Hymel’s prior conviction for DWI, a search warrant for a specimen of his blood was written and approved.


May 19 (2:38 a.m.) Stormy Ashley Friess, 20, of Houston, was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor.  Friess was stopped for speeding and occupying both lanes of traffic in the 100 block of N. Friendswood Drive. When the officer contacted Friess, he detected the smell of alcohol on her breath. Friess failed a field sobriety test.


May 15 (3:06 a.m.) Melissa Lynn Greear, 21, of Algoa, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3.  Greear was stopped for speeding and failure to maintain a single marked lane in the 300 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Greear exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test.  During a search of her vehicle, officers found an open bottle of Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull that contained some unknown type of alcohol.  Greear also had Hydrocodone tablets that were not prescribed to her, a marijuana pipe and a marijuana grinder. Greear refused a breath or blood test. She has a prior arrest for possession of a controlled substance.


May 17 (1:00 a.m.) Teresa Laruth Waldroup, 46, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Officers were working an accident scene in the 100 block of Sunset Drive. Officers were parked either side of the roadway with their emergency lights on, blocking traffic.  Waldroup attempted to drive around the police cars and was stopped.  The officer told her that she could not drive through the accident scene and noticed that Waldroup’s breath smelled of alcohol. Waldroup failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.


May 17 (1:50 a.m.) Matthew Joseph Garza, 20, of League City, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  He was stopped in the 1400 block of Moore Road after he was observed running a stop sign at the corner of Everett Drive and Crescent Drive. During contact with Garza, the officer smelled alcohol coming from Garza’s breath, as well as, other signs of intoxication. Garza failed a field sobriety test and registered .175 on a breath test.


May 17 (2:52 a.m.) Eric Lynn LeBlanc, 27, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated-2ndoffense, Possession of a Dangerous Drug and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Officers were dispatched to an intoxicated driver passed out behind the wheel and in a lane of traffic in the 4800 block of FM 2351.  LeBlanc was in the driver’s seat, with the vehicle in gear and his foot on the brake.  The officer reached inside the vehicle, turned off the ignition and woke up the driver. LeBlanc failed a field sobriety test and refused to give a blood specimen.  LeBlanc had several pills of Soma and Hydrocodone in his pocket.  A search warrant for LeBlanc’s blood was filed.


May 18 (3:59 p.m.) Lauren Ashley Ackles, 17, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor and Minor in Possession of Tobacco.  Ackles was stopped in the 700 block of Briarmeadow Avenue because she was driving without a headlight. During contact with Ackles, the officer detected the smell of alcohol on Ackles’ breath and she exhibited other signs of intoxication.  The officer called Ackles’ father to the scene and was going to release her into his custody; however, when the officer asked Ackles to sign a ticket charging her with Minor in Possession of Tobacco, she refused to sign the ticket and was taken into custody


May 18 (3:00 p.m.) Amanda Kay Culps, 33, of Houston, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Culps was involved in a three vehicle accident in the200 block of E. Edgewood Drive. Culps appeared to be confused and disoriented and exhibited signs of intoxication. She failed a field sobriety test.  Later, an officer found a Hannah Montana makeup mirror covered in white residue and a red colored staw eith white residual powder on one end. The powder tested positive as cocaine. Culps agreed to provide a specimen of her blood.



Public Intoxication


May 14 (8:47 p.m.) Reem Mahmoud Musallam, 24, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication in the 3400 block of Queensburg Lane. Police responded to a traffic complaint regarding a vehicle heading into Friendswood from League City that was unable to maintain a single lane. The witness provided police with the vehicle’s location as it turned off of W. Bay Area onto Prince George. An officer arrived in the area right after the suspect vehicle stopped on Queensburg.  Musallam exited the truck and staggered toward the approaching officer.  She told the officer that she had taken too much medication and she exhibited signs of intoxication.  To prevent her from driving and being a danger to herself and others, she was taken into custody.




May 18 (10:23 p.m.) Sean Steven Underwood, 38, of Pasadena, was charged with Criminal Trespass.  Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 16200 block of Forest Bend Avenue because Underwood was on the property of his ex-wife and had prior warning that he was not allowed on the property. Underwood was arrested at his Pasadena home.




May 14 (7:02 a.m.) Nicholas Ray Delano, 19, of Houston, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 3000 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Delano was stopped for driving with an expired registration and motor vehicle inspection sticker. The officer checked Delano’s driver’s license status and learned that his license was suspended.  Delano was also unable to provide proof of insurance. Delano also had two prior convictions for driving with a suspended driver’s license and two outstanding warrants in Seabrook.


May 15 (2:33 p.m.) Yeni Judith Hernandez, 26, of Houston, was charged with No Driver’s License. Hernandez was stopped in the 1700 block of Sandy Lake Drive after running a stop sign.


May 17 (12:15 a.m.) Juan Esteban Rodriguez, 39, of Dickinson, was charged with Driving While License Invalid.  Hilda G. Salinas, 33, of xx, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Rodriguez was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1600 block of S. Friendswood Drive but then started to back up and pull away from the traffic stop. Rodriguez was ordered to put the vehicle in park, which he did. Salinas exited the vehicle with a half-smoked synthetic marijuana cigarette in her right ear. Rodriguez was searched and had a bag of “Kush” on him.  He also had a suspended driver’s license.




The Friendswood Police Department is like any other community when it comes to safety and crime.  While it has police officers continuously on duty, these officers cannot be everywhere at once.  Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious or criminal activity to the police department.  While there is sometimes a reluctance to report people to the police, it is important to realize that individuals who commit crimes harm others. 


What is suspicious behavior?  Sometimes, a person may not know what constitutes suspicious behavior. A general rule of thumb is that anyone who acts abnormally or anything that is placed in a location that is not usual should be considered suspicious.  Examples of suspicious behavior include unusual noises, including screaming, sounds of fighting, glass breaking, or illegal activity.


So, what if it turns out that the person has not done anything wrong?  When police officers receive a report of suspicious behavior, type of behavior or situation dictates how they will respond. In some cases, they respond to an area and immediately confront the person or situation. In other cases, they simply respond to the area and observe or listen.  Still, in other cases, they may begin an investigation that can last days or weeks.


Generally, when they do make contact with someone, they ask the person to explain his or her behavior.  If the explanation demonstrates a legitimate basis for the behavior or the reason is otherwise corroborated, the officers provide an explanation of why they made contact with the person. The officers typically do not reveal the identities of the person who called. In short, if the person has a valid reason for engaging in the observed behavior, the contact with the person is minimal.


Remember, that it is always better to report a person or situation and have it turn out not to be a crime or hazard than to not report the person or situation and find out later that a crime was committed.