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Suspect on the loose after fleeing police

November 23, 2018

Police are on the lookout for a man who fled from a Friendswood officer during a traffic stop at 11 p.m. Nov. 16 near the intersection of FM 2351 and Beamer Road.

Bodycam video and mugshots were used to identify the man as Gabriel Rodriguez Barcenas, 30, of Friendswood, police said.

Barcenas allegedly provided a false name during initial contact with the officer. When the officer approached the vehicle a second time, Barcenas put his vehicle in gear and fled, police said. Officers ended the pursuit when Barcenas reached a speed of more than 80 mph within seconds, according to the report.

Houston officers found the vehicle Barcenas was driving abandoned at 11:45 p.m. on Interstate 45 just south of Dixie Farm Road, police said.

Barcenas had a parole violation warrant for robbery and was on probation for a drug charge, police said. This latest incident adds warrants for evading in a motor vehicle and failure to identify as a fugitive. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department, 281-996-3300.

Assault

A 19-year-old Friendswood man was charged with assault, family violence after he allegedly assaulted his mother Nov. 13 in the 200 block of East Castle Harbour Drive, police said. He reportedly became angry when she flushed his marijuana down the toilet. He fled on foot when police were called, according to the report. An officer found him walking near the intersection of West Parkwood Avenue and Cypress Point Drive.

A witness flagged down an officer Nov. 14 in the 1700 block of Pensacola Lane to report an aggravated assault in the 1600 block of Country Club Drive, police said. The suspect, a 48-year-old Friendswood man, allegedly pulled a knife and attempted to stab his brother. Hearing a threat to call police, he fled on foot, according to the report. Officers responding to a disturbance call at the Country Club Drive residence a few hours later picked him up on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Burglary

Tools were stolen from a vehicle Nov. 13 at 24 Hour Fitness, 130 W. Parkwood Ave., police said.

Two vehicle burglaries were reported Nov. 13 at the Goddard School, 1650 Friendswood Lakes Blvd., police said. Both vehicles had windows smashed and purses stolen while mothers were inside the school picking up their children, according to the report. The suspect vehicle allegedly pulled into the parking space between the two vehicles. One victim’s credit card was used at a Walgreens in Houston, police said.

Theft

A Friendswood man selling tires and rims on Craigslist for $950 received a business check from a buyer for $2,550, police said. The buyer allegedly instructed the seller to use the remaining $1,600 to pay movers based in California, even though the buyer claimed to live in San Antonio. Chase cashed the check, placing $950 into the victim’s account and giving him $1,600 in cash, which he turned into money orders, according to the report. After the transactions were made, the victim reportedly learned the check was fraudulent.

Fraud

A Friendswood man claimed fraudulent activity on one of his accounts, according to a Nov. 14 police report. Beginning Oct. 26, money was withdrawn from his account weekly by three different companies, police said.

Narcotics

Police charged a Texas City woman, 20, with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for expired registration Nov. 15 in the 1500 block of West Parkwood Avenue. A passenger, she reportedly was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

A 17-year-old Houston man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for speeding Nov. 17 in the 1800 block of FM 528, police said. While one officer checked his driving status, another officer reportedly saw the driver attempt to conceal something in the center console. When confronted, the driver produced a marijuana grinder, according to the report. He also had a vaping pen with THC oil, police said.

Police charged a Webster woman, 40, with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop Nov. 18 in the 1500 block of South Friendswood Drive. A passenger, she reportedly had two syringes in her purse and methamphetamine. When a female officer arrived to search her, the woman pulled a bag of methamphetamine from her underclothing, police said.

Driving while intoxicated

Police charged a Friendswood man, 32, with DWI after a witness reported a reckless driver Nov. 16 near the intersection of South Friendswood Drive and Whispering Pines Avenue. The driver struck another motorist on El Dorado Boulevard at Beamer Road before hitting a curb on Friendswood Link Road, according to the witness’ report. An officer found the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of a daycare center; the driver allegedly had gone inside the center to pick up his daughter. The officer took the driver into custody and found a cocktail in a plastic foam cup inside the vehicle, according to the report. At the jail, the suspect failed a field sobriety test and agreed to provide a blood specimen, police said. The child was released to her mother.

Evading arrest

Police charged a La Porte man, 26, with evading arrest or detention after a witness reported a suspicious person Nov. 18 in the 2900 block of Cedar Ridge Trail. An officer arrived to find the suspect on top of the fence in a resident’s backyard, according to the report. The man jumped off the fence and ran but was caught a few blocks away and taken into custody, police said.

Public intoxication

A Pearland man, 33, was charged with public intoxication after he was found with a female passenger in a parked, running vehicle Nov. 16 in the 2900 block of West Bay Area Boulevard, police said. The man allegedly exhibited signs of intoxication and told the officer he had called for an Uber ride. The officers left the man to wait for his ride, but took him into custody 10 minutes later when they saw him preparing to exit the parking lot in his vehicle, according to the report.

Police charged a 21-year-old League City man with public intoxication after an officer found him Nov. 16 in the 3800 block of Crofterglen Drive, walking toward Blackhawk Boulevard with dirt on the back of his sweatshirt. He told the officer he had been riding with a friend and had exited the car after an argument, police said.

Police charged a Pasadena woman, 40, with public intoxication after a disturbance Nov. 18 in the 3000 block of West Parkwood Avenue. A victim jumped from a vehicle and ran to escape her abuse, according to the report. A suspicious person then was reported in the 100 block of Tower Drive, and officers arrived to find the suspect looking for the man who had jumped, police said. She reportedly exhibited signs of intoxication and was taken into custody.

Traffic

Police charged a Houston man, 20, with no insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for speeding Nov. 13 in the 3700 block of FM 528. A search yielded marijuana residue, a glass pipe, a metal grinder and THC oil, according to the report.

Police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run incident that occurred Nov. 18 at the intersection of Tibet Road and Crofterglen Drive. The driver of a gray truck reportedly ran a stop sign and hit another motorist. The suspect stopped momentarily but left the scene, driving north before pulling into a driveway in the 16700 block of Tibet Road, police said. When an officer knocked at the door, the homeowner did not want to identify herself and claimed the truck belonged to a friend who was not at the residence, according to the report. The suspect was described as slim, male and 5 feet 7 inches tall.

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