HOUSTON, TX – Police are asking for the community’s help in identifying a suspect who brutally beat an elderly man with a crowbar and held him at gunpoint before robbing him in Houston.
The Houston Police Department released surveillance footage of the graphic incident which shows how the disturbing event unfolded.
I have not viewed the video because I have an elderly parent. These thugs are scum. You better hope the police catch you before I do if you touch my momma😠
Man seen on camera beating elderly man in south Houston with crowbar, robbing him at gunpointhttps://t.co/py7raIr2kh
— IN GOD WE TRUST🙏BACK THE BLUE🚓MAGA🇺🇸PRO 🇮🇱 (@truffsnme) May 7, 2021
According to investigators, around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4th, an unidentified man knocked on the door of an auto sales business in the 6700 block of Telephone Rd.
The 68-year-old victim believed the suspect was a customer, and unlocked the door for him. At this point, the suspected robber forced his way in the door and held the man at gunpoint.
He then pulled out a crowbar, and repeatedly struck the man.
The victim tried to run out of the store, but the robber managed to pull him back inside, throw him to the ground, and hit him a few more times before tying him up, Fox 26 reported.
In the footage, the suspect is seen dragging the elderly man from room to room while he kept a lookout for police.
Investigators say the suspect “rummaged throughout the office”, but came up empty handed. When he couldn’t find anything to take, the suspect grabbed the victim’s wallet before fleeing the scene.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA – Investigators need your help finding a man seen on surveillance cameras beating an elderly man in south Houston with a crowbar, dragging him from across the business looking for money. https://t.co/SVNF84C6P9
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) May 8, 2021
Investigators described the man as six feet tall, and approximately 40-45-years-old. He is described as having a muscular build weighing at about 200 to 220 pounds, and was seen wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans, and black square tip boots.
Anyone who may have any information on the whereabouts of this man, is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitting an online tip, or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Any details that may assist in leading to his arrest could result in a cash reward of up to $5,000.
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Houston mayor cautions public to ‘assume’ everyone has a gun, claims there are ‘too many guns on our streets’
April 12, 2021
HOUSTON, TX – With the recent fatal shooting of a child in Houston, city Mayor Sylvester Turner touched on two relative topics revolving around firearms in the city.
The first, and most relevant to the recent passing of the child, was a stern reminder to gun owners to make sure that their weapons are secure in their home so that children cannot gain access to them.
The second point touched on was regarding firearms in the streets of Houston, warning the public that they should “assume” everyone has a gun and avoid unnecessary confrontations.
With a recent spate of Houston gun deaths, including those with children and road rage incidents, Mayor Sylvester Turner offered this word of caution. https://t.co/FtwPZmGOKo
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) April 11, 2021
On April 10th, Mayor Turner made reference to the recent case involving a child that died in West Houston the day prior, due to reportedly being shot by his three-year-old brother.
The city mayor stressed that it is important for responsible gun owners to make sure that children inside of their household cannot gain access to the firearms stored there.
Noting that outside of criminal charges parents and gun owners could face for not properly securing weapons around minors, Mayor Turner said that ultimately no one wants to see a child hurt or killed:
“No one wants to see a minor hurt or even killed because another child got access to a gun – playing with it, not realizing it’s loaded.”
From there, the Houston mayor transitioned to the topic of the dangers of needlessly engaging in confrontations with others while out in the public, and how quickly they can escalate:
“There are just way too many guns on our streets. And what I will say to anybody in the city of Houston, you ought to just assume everybody is carrying a gun.
“And what I mean by that is be very reluctant to engage in an argument with somebody in the street, or somebody in the store – you name it.”
Mayor Turner proceeded to dive into some hypothetical scenarios where simple arguments with individuals on the roadways or streets have the propensity to escalate, which he cautions that it’s better to just keep a cool temper when faced with potential conflict:
“I just assume everybody is carrying a gun these days. If you start with that premise, I think you’ll be very careful; for example, if you’re driving on the freeways – don’t get into any road rage. That’s a no-no.
“If someone bumps you in the wrong way, be about getting into an argument with them…sometimes you just have to let that go. Because it’s just not worth it.”
In other matters from Texas, a Houston Police officer was recently indicted earlier in 2021 in connection with a raid that turned deadly within the city back in 2019.
Here are the details on that report.
HOUSTON, TX- On January 25h, a Harris County grand jury indicted another officer for murder and five others for engaging in criminal activity in connection with a deadly raid in southeast Houston in 2019.
These six officers are in addition to six other officers who have already been indicted.
In response, the president of the Houston police union called out Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for playing dirty politics.
Six Houston police officers indicted in Harding Street investigation https://t.co/4SzH5z6DAB
— Agent Applebutt™️ (@Cream_n_Coffee) January 26, 2021
Houston Police Department (HPD) Officer Felipe Gallegos was indicted for murder by as Harris County grand jury on January 25th for fatally shooting 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle two years earlier.
According to court documents, Gallegos fired the shot that killed Tuttle. He had nothing to do with the bad warrant for the deadly raid. The incident occurred on January 28, 2019 when Houston police attempted to serve a warrant at the home of Tuttle and 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas in connection with a drug investigation.
During the raid, Tuttle and Nicholas opened fired on police, wounding four officers and injuring a fifth. Both were fatally shot by police.
When the incident was investigated, authorities determined that the lead investigator, now-retired Houston Police Officer Gerald Goines, had falsified some of the information he used to get the search warrant for the home.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that a grand jury has indicted six more former Houston police officers involved in the deadly Harding Street raid on felony charges. https://t.co/cZza3sB2V1
— FOX26Houston (@FOX26Houston) January 26, 2021
Retired Officer Goines, who was shot in the neck during the gun battle, was indicted on two counts of felony murder in 2019. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement:
“Although police had reason to investigate the home of Tuttle and Nicholas, the lead investigator allegedly concocted false information in the affidavit used to secure the warrant for the drug raid.”
So far, the District’s Attorney’s Office has gotten multiple indictments on 12 officers involved in the incident. However, most of the charges were related to paperwork and overtime.
As it stands, only retired Officer Goines, who allegedly lied about using a confidential informant to buy heroin at the address and Officer Gallegos, who fired the shot that killed Tuttle, were charged with murder.
After the recent indictments, Chief Acevedo released a statement, which said, in part:
“From the outset of this incident, the department has left no stone unturned to ascertain the facts in this matter.
It was our investigation that uncovered the malfeasance of the two former HPD officers who were subsequently charged with criminal offense related to their actions in obtaining the warrant.”
“Today, I learned that another officer who was involved in the Harding Street officer-involved shooting has been indicted for murder.
I have said many times that the officers involved in the incident, including the officer indicted today, had no involvement in obtaining the warrant and responded appropriately to the deadly threat posed to them during its service.”
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 25, 2021
The Harris County grand jury declined to hear testimony from the veteran officer before they indicted Officer Gallegos for murder, despite the fact he had no involvement in getting the warrant.
Houston Police Officers’ Union President Doug Griffith said:
“Every grand jury wants to speak with a witness. This is the first time I’ve heard of a grand jury saying, ‘No, we don’t want to speak with him.’ I don’t see how you can convict Officer Gallegos of murder.”
“This is a no win situation for the DA. This was nothing more than a political play for her friend to file the wrongful death lawsuit. One of the other attorneys said it best. This is nothing more than the return of a political favor.”
Griffith said that Mike Doyle, the attorney who is representing Tuttle’s family in the recent wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city and the officers, was hired by the Harris County district attorney in 2018. Griffith explained:
“The attorney representing the family was a special prosecutor for the Arkema case here in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.”
He finds it a “little odd” that Ogg would just so happen to file charges against Officer Gallegos two years after the incident, but three days before the family filed a wrongful death suit. He added:
“It doesn’t seem like coincidence to me. The district attorney is trying to make it look like a big criminal conspiracy because it provides cover for her friend, the family’s attorney, to go after the city and the officers for the big money. They want the city to settle with a big payout.”
The district attorney has described all of the officers involved as corrupt. During a press conference where Ogg announced the latest charges, she said:
“The consequences of corruption are that two innocent people and their dog were shot to death in their home by police; four officers were shot, one paralyzed, and now all of them will face jurors who will determine their fate.”
Griffith has a problem with Ogg characterizing Tuttle and Nicholas as “innocent people.” He said:
“I have a problem with the DA describing these people as normal average citizens. If normal citizens have cocaine in their homes and shoot cops, then we have a bigger issue.”
According to Griffith, the Houston police union is paying for the legal defense of all the officers involved in the incident except for retired Officers Goines. He said that Ogg has spend millions of taxpayer dollars on the investigation. He said:
“The only thing she has netted in this whole thing were paperwork irregularities and not one bit of this information has she shared with the department.”
He said the indictments have had a chilling effect on pro-active policing in the city. He said:
“Everyone who is doing pro-active police work has pretty much slowed or stopped pro-active policing. Crime is going up. We’re already scrutinized with bodycams and now we can be charged with a criminal act for just doing our job.”
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