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Police arrest suspect accused of vehicle theft, robbery

February 28, 2019

A 23-year-old Pasadena man landed in Harris County jail without bond after he was found asleep in a stolen minivan linked to a Feb. 10 purse-snatching at a Friendswood H-E-B grocery, Friendswood police said.

Pasadena police reportedly found the purse-snatching victim’s purse, wallet and other stolen items inside the vehicle when they arrested Ricardo Ramos Pereira on Feb. 13 in a parking lot. A warrant charging him with robbery was issued Feb. 13 in Galveston County.

Friendswood police said that two suspects took a 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. 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 man jumped out of the passenger side of the minivan, pushed the woman and grabbed her purse, police said.

Pereira also is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, police said.

Forgery suspect sought

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman believed to have passed forged checks at H-E-B, Lowe’s, Kroger and Walmart stores in Friendswood and surrounding areas.

In one Friendswood case, more than $1,000 in forged checks were passed, police said.

A YouTube video containing images from different stores shows the woman and an accomplice, according to the report. The suspect also has been seen in a Saturn Vue, possibly tan in color, and a white Ford 4-door dually, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Powledge at 281-996-3300.

Theft

Ninety-eight pieces of drywall were reported missing Feb. 14 in the 1900 block of Jillian Terrace, police said. The drywall had been placed in a home under construction Feb. 12, according to the report.

A customer tried to stop a suspected shoplifter Feb. 17 at Walgreens, 104 E. Parkwood Ave., police said. Three bottles of hairspray — valued at $150 — reportedly fell out of the suspect’s coat during a confrontation between the two outside the store. The suspect left in a black Chrysler 300 with paper tags, according to the report. Surveillance images showed the suspect stealing other items as well, police said. The suspect was described as a black man of medium height and weight with a medium-cut Afro. He reportedly wore a heavy black jacket and black pants with a thick white stripe down both sides.

Police charged three men with engaging in organized criminal activity Feb. 18 after employees of an AT&T store at 101 W. Parkwood Ave. activated a panic alarm. An officer arrived as two of the men exited the store, according to the report. One, a 17-year-old Houston man, allegedly had a pair of wire cutters in his pocket; the other man, 20, also of Houston, discarded a set of wire cutters in a grassy area as he walked from the store, police said. The men reportedly had arrived in a Chevrolet Impala parked nearby, and another officer detained a 20-year-old Houston man identified as the driver. The AT&T employees recognized the men as suspects in thefts at cell phone stores in Alvin, League City, Webster, Houston and Pearland, according to the report. Bond for the two older men was set at $20,000; the younger suspect’s bond was set at $2,000. Investigators are reviewing video of previous thefts at T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T stores in and around Friendswood to determine if additional charges need to be filed, police said.

Fraud

A Friendswood woman reported identity theft Feb. 12 after discovering a fraudulent student loan for thousands of dollars in her name was in collections, police said. The victim was not enrolled in college at the time of the loan, according to the report.

A Friendswood man learned he was the victim of a scam after receiving a phone call telling him he had won a $99,000 BMW and $10,000, according to a Feb. 16 police report. The caller instructed him to provide a $2,000 cash card, and he responded with $500 in cash cards, police said. He reportedly attempted to obtain the rest of the funds from friends and family.

A Friendswood man reported two fraudulent charges — to Cheesecake Factory and Dave and Buster’s — on his credit card, according to a Feb. 17 police statement.

Narcotics

Police charged an 18-year-old Pearland woman with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop for failure to signal a turn Feb. 13 at East Parkwood Avenue and Winding Way. In addition to a suspended driver’s license, the woman allegedly had a fraudulent driver’s license. The officer found an electronic marijuana pipe and a glass pipe, each containing marijuana, as well as a black vape pen with a full THC oil cartridge and three vials of THC oil during a vehicle search, according to the report. Bond was set at $5,000.

Two Friendswood men and a League City man, all 19, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a witness reported a suspicious vehicle Feb. 13 in the 2800 block of Martina Drive, police said. An officer followed the vehicle as it ran a stop sign at the intersection of Championship Drive and West Parkwood Avenue before stopping at Friendswood Sportspark, 2910 W. Parkwood Ave., according to the report. The suspects allegedly were smoking marijuana out of a bong inside the vehicle.

Police charged a Pasadena woman, 47, with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop for driving significantly under the speed limit in a vehicle with two different license plates Feb. 14 in the 400 block of East Edgewood Drive. The woman had no driver’s license and told the officer she had a warrant, according to the report. A police K-9 provided a positive alert for the presence of narcotics, and an officer found methamphetamine during a vehicle search, police said. Bond was set at $30,000.

Police charged a 16-year-old boy with marijuana possession after a traffic stop for a defective brake light Feb. 15 in the 2400 block of West Parkwood Avenue. The teen reportedly claimed he did not have a driver’s license because he had just been robbed. The passenger, an 18-year-old Santa Fe man, had a Brazoria County warrant for possession of a controlled substance, police said. The officer found a scale and a bag of marijuana during a vehicle search, according to the report.

A 20-year-old Houston man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for expired registration Feb. 17 in the 200 block of East Parkwood Avenue, police said. The officer reportedly found several bags containing marijuana residue during a vehicle search.

Driving while intoxicated

Police charged a The Woodlands man, 52, with DWI Feb. 15 after he allegedly made a left turn from North Friendswood Drive onto East Edgewood Drive from the middle lane, forcing the officer to hit his brakes to avoid a collision. The driver failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test, police said. Bond was set at $1,000.

A League City woman, 43, was charged with DWI after a traffic stop for an unsignaled and wide left turn out of a parking lot and crossing two lanes of traffic into a turn lane Feb. 15. The officer reportedly followed her as she crossed over a lane divider and brushed against a curb before stopping in the 3000 block of West Bay Area Boulevard. She failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test, police said.

Police said they planned to charge a Pearland woman, 32, with DWI and unlawfully carrying a weapon after a single-car crash Feb. 17 in the 1100 block of South Friendswood Drive. She allegedly drove off the roadway, through some bushes and small trees and across Hatcher Lane. Police arrived to find the airbags deployed and the woman incoherent in the front seat, according to the report. She was transported to a hospital, police said. An officer reportedly found a pistol in her purse and alcohol in a silver cup during a vehicle inventory.

Soliciting

A 21-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas, man faces charges of soliciting without a permit Feb. 16 in the 600 block of North Heather Lane, police said. Police reportedly received several calls about solicitors pedaling energy services door-to-door.

Traffic

Police took a Bacliff man, 31, into custody for evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle Feb. 12 after a traffic stop for running a red light turned into a pursuit. The suspect allegedly drove the wrong way on the Interstate 45 feeder road in front of Baybrook Mall before turning back toward Friendswood on El Dorado Boulevard. He then stopped the vehicle and ran on foot in the 16900 block of Carrack Turn in Heritage Park before capture, police said. He allegedly had more than a half pound of marijuana in his vehicle and $1,700 in cash. Bond was set at $5,000.

Other incidents

Police confiscated a Juul e-cigarette and three additional Juul pods from three students vaping in a bathroom at Friendswood Junior High School, 1000 Manison Parkway, according to a Feb. 11 report. Two 14-year-old students and one 13-year-old student face a charge of possession of tobacco products by minor.

Police took a Friendswood woman, 41, into custody for furnishing alcohol to a minor at a party at her home Feb. 15 on Appleblossom Lane. Alerted to an underage drinking party, officers arrived to find what appeared to be teens with open bottles of beer and Solo cups, according to the report. Some of the partygoers fled, running to adjacent backyards, and dozens more underage people were found in the residence and backyard, police said. An officer found marijuana in plain view in the attached garage, and a sweep of the backyard yielded a backpack containing marijuana and two vape cartridges containing THC oil, according to the report. Officers checked the partygoers at the front door, and those found to have consumed alcohol were held until a sober driver could take them, police said. The woman’s bond was set at $1,500.

A stalking warrant is pending for a 59-year-old Seabrook man, according to a police report filed Feb. 16 in the 800 block of Buckingham Drive. The man allegedly has shown up at his ex-girlfriend’s home uninvited and followed her new boyfriend. The victim also has received “alarming and annoying” text messages from the suspect, police said.

A resident in the 4400 block of Saffron Lane confronted a man crossing through her backyard Feb. 18, police said. The man allegedly jumped over a fence into an adjacent yard. Officers checked the area but were unable to find the man, described as a white male wearing a hoodie and black pants, according to the report.