By LeaAnne Klentzman
Richmond Police Chief Bill Whitworth honored three Richmond residents as heroes before Richmond City Commission last week for their part in busting up a residential burglary.
Richmond police department Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast said, “Karen Carr, Gary Pochyla, and John Sanchez, Jr. were recognized for their efforts in helping the Richmond Police Department catch three burglars during the commission of the crime on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.” According to Neinast, Carr and Pochyla contacted the police when they observed suspicious activity in the 1700 block of Long Drive and Sanchez later helped police determine the whereabouts of the suspects.
Samuel Hopkins, the victim of the burglary and police chief Whitworth thanked the three and honored them as Community Heroes. Each was presented with certificates of appreciation for their efforts in watching out for their neighbors.
Neinast said the information provided by the three was instrumental in the arrests of Keenan Anthony Kirton, 22, of Richmond, Brecia Gomez, 22, of Sugar Land, and Michael Galloway, 19, of Richmond who were all charged with burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony.
Kirton and Galloway were also charged with Evading Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor while Gomez was found to have three outstanding warrants out of Richmond PD for municipal charges. All three suspects were transported to the Fort Bend County Jail.