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Police seek armed purse-snatching suspects

February 20, 2019

Friendswood authorities are warning residents to be on the lookout for two men who they say stole a minivan at gunpoint and then ripped off a woman’s purse.

The suspects took the gray 1999 Mercury Villager from a 71-year-old man at gunpoint at 9:22 a.m. Feb. 10 in the 1200 block of Wayside Drive, police said.

At about 4:45 p.m. that day, surveillance video captured images of the minivan as it pulled up alongside a 51-year-old woman wheeling groceries to her vehicle in the parking lot of H-E-B, 701 W. Parkwood Ave. A suspect jumped out of the passenger side of the minivan, pushed the woman and grabbed her purse, which contained her wallet, phone, keys, credit cards and currency, police said.

A witness described the suspect who took the purse as young, short and stocky and wearing a gray hoodie and gray sweatpants, according to the report. Another witness noted the minivan’s license plate—Texas KMR9160—and described the driver as a man with scruffy facial hair, a short buzzcut hairstyle and a tattoo sleeve on his left arm, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the department, 281-996-3300.

In other recent police news, a purse was reported stolen from inside a church and vaping devices were confiscated from minor students.

Teens arrested after foot pursuit

Two teenage suspects face charges after exiting a stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot Feb. 9, police said.

A Friendswood officer noticed the vehicle driving in the 1600 block of Falcon Ridge Boulevard and conducted a traffic stop, according to the report. The youths ran up a driveway in the 1200 block of Bob White Drive and jumped a fence into a backyard in the 1200 block of Eagle Lakes Drive, police said.

One of the susects, a 15-year-old Houston teen, surrendered in the 1800 block of Falcon Ridge and was charged with evading arrest or detention, police said. Officers transported him to the Galveston County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police found the other suspect, a 17-year-old Nassau Bay man, in the 1900 block of Dove Court. He surrendered when officers threatened to release a police dog, according to the report. Charges include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawfully carrying weapons and evading arrest or detention, police said. Bond was set at $4,000.

Officers searching the backyard of a residence in the 1900 block of Dove Court reported finding a semiautomatic pistol.

Burglary

A suspect or suspects pried open the door of the men’s bathroom near the pavilion and basketball courts at Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, set fire to a toilet paper roll and threw it in the toilet, according to a Feb. 9 police report. In the women’s bathroom, also pried open, the suspect or suspects opened the toilet paper holders and took the toilet paper.

Theft

Police charged a Friendswood woman, 42, with theft after she reportedly stole a pair of Joe’s Jeans Feb. 4 at A Plus Pack and Ship, 1620 S. Friendswood Drive.

Two hundred dollars was stolen from a wallet in the 5200 block of Appleblossom Lane, according to a Feb. 6 police report. The victim reportedly noticed his wallet missing and checked his home security cameras. On the surveillance video, he saw a friend throw the wallet from her vehicle into the front yard at 6 a.m. Feb. 4, police said.

A purse was stolen Feb. 7 at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 600 Cedarwood Drive, police said. The victim reportedly left the purse in a meeting room at 7 a.m. and returned at 1:15 p.m. to find it missing.

Vaping device confiscations

Police confiscated a vaping device Feb. 6 from a 13-year-old Friendswood Junior High School student. The student reportedly was vaping in the bathroom and will be charged with possession of tobacco products by a minor, police said.

An anonymous tip led to the confiscation of a vaping device from a 16-year-old student Feb. 8 at Friendswood High School, 702 Greenbriar Drive, police said. The student faces a charge for possession of tobacco products by a minor.

Criminal mischief

A threatening statement was written in black marker between two residences at Hidden Cove Condominiums on Hideaway Drive, according to a Feb. 5 police report. Members of the homeowner’s association believe the suspect may be an angry resident, police said.

Narcotics

Police charged an 18-year-old Friendswood man with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after a traffic stop for failure to use a turn signal Feb. 4 in the 1600 block of Brill Drive. After exiting the vehicle and emptying his pockets, the man reportedly placed a vaping device with a cartridge containing a brownish substance on top of his vehicle. The officer found eight individually packaged tetrahydrocannabinol cartridges in the front passenger seat and a supplement bottle containing three marijuana cigarettes during a vehicle search, police said.

A League City man, 25, was charged with marijuana possession after a witness reported a reckless driver on South Friendswood Drive near East Edgewood Drive, police said. An officer conducted a traffic stop in the 2600 block of South Friendswood Drive and reportedly found a large bag of marijuana in a backpack in the trunk. Bond was set at $1,000.

Police charged a Dickinson man, 22, and League City man, 27, with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop Feb. 6 in the 3000 block of West Bay Area Boulevard. The younger man had Harris County a warrant, and the older man, who had been driving, had a suspended driver’s license, police said. An officer found marijuana, a grinder and a large marijuana vapor machine during a vehicle search, according to the report.

Police charged two Houston women, 24 and 25, with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for running a red light Feb. 6 in the 1700 block of Falcon Ridge Boulevard. The officer found marijuana during a search, police said. One of the women also threw a second bag of marijuana on the ground, according to the report.

A Webster woman, 25, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop for a license plate violation Feb. 8 in the 2900 block of West Bay Area Boulevard, police said. A police narcotics dog provided a positive alert for the presence of narcotics, and a vehicle search yielded hydrocodone and more than $2,500 in cash, according to the report. While at jail, the woman allegedly damaged her padded cell and will be charged with criminal mischief once police obtain a repair estimate.

Police charged a 21-year-old Richmond man with marijuana possession after a traffic stop for a registration and insurance violation Feb. 10 in the 500 block of East Edgewood Drive. The driver refused to exit the vehicle or consent to a search, according to the report. The officer conducted a probable cause search and found a duffle bag containing two large vacuum-sealed bags containing 2.1 pounds of marijuana and more than $6,000 in cash, police said. Bond was set at $15,000.

Driving while intoxicated

Police charged a 35-year-old Church Point, La. man with DWI and unlawfully carrying weapons after a traffic stop for swerving on the shoulder Feb. 5 in the 1300 block of West Parkwood Avenue. He reportedly failed a field sobriety test and agreed to a breath test.

A Friendswood man, 66, was charged with DWI and unlawfully carrying weapons after an officer found him asleep in a lifted white truck with its engine running Feb. 9 in the 100 block of Hunters Lane, police said. Once he awoke, his foot came off the brake and the vehicle drifted forward, according to the report. Bond was set at $2,500.

Police charged a Fresno man, 24, with DWI after a witness reported a reckless driver Feb. 9 in the 2800 block of West Parkwood Avenue. The vehicle allegedly turned into a park and dropped off a passenger before an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 16100 block of Blackhawk Boulevard. The driver exited his vehicle, wet his pants and failed a field sobriety test, police said. The passenger, a 41-year-old Houston woman, was charged with public intoxication, according to the report.

A Friendswood man, 36, was charged with DWI after he ran a red light and jumped a curb Feb. 10 at the intersection of South Friendswood Drive and Spreading Oaks Avenue, police said. The vehicle reportedly stopped in the 400 block of Woodlawn Drive. The driver, whose license was suspended, refused to perform a field sobriety test or provide a breath or blood specimen, police said. Police charged the passenger, a 28-year-old Alvin woman, with public intoxication.

Police charged a Houston woman, 50, with DWI after a witness reported an intoxicated driver leaving a residence Feb. 10 in the 400 block of Colonial Drive. The driver, reportedly delivering food for a phone app service, was stopped about an hour later by an officer at Salem Square Apartments in the 100 block of Clearview Avenue, police said. She failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test, according to the report.

Assault

Police issued a warrant after a 39-year-old Friendswood man allegedly assaulted his wife and threw her phone on the roof Feb. 6 in the 700 block of Stoneledge Drive. He fled to the family’s Friendswood business and refused to come out for police, according to the report. Charges include assault causing bodily injury and interfering with an emergency phone call, police said.

Police arrested an Alvin man, 36, for assault, family violence after a witness reported a crying woman with blood on her face Feb. 10 in the 100 block of Rustic Lane.

Threats

Police plan to issue a warrant for the arrest of a Houston man, 31, who reportedly attacked a Lyft driver Feb. 8. The victim picked up the suspect at Hidden Cove Condominiums on Hideaway Drive and drove him to an ATM at 3135 FM 528, police said. When the suspect was unable to withdraw money from his account, he became angry, grabbed the victim, threatened to kill her and demanded that she drive him to his Houston residence, according to the report. She complied and reported the incident when she returned to Friendswood, police said.

Traffic

Police charged a Houston woman, 19, with no driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for unsignaled turns, improper lane changes and speeding Feb. 10 in the 5400 block of Appleblossom Lane. The officer found marijuana cigarettes, bags with marijuana residue, a grinder, a vape pen and bags that tested positive for Ecstasy residue during a vehicle search, according to the report.

Trespass

Police charged a Houston woman, 39, with criminal trespass and resisting arrest, search or transport Feb. 8 at Atlas Auto Inspection, 101 N. Friendswood Drive. Once placed in the back of the police unit, the woman reportedly was able to free one hand from her handcuffs. The officer opened the door, and she attempted to run away, police said.