By LeaAnne Klentzman
In a flashback to the 1980’s and street antics that lured Houston television reporters to the mean streets of Richmond, police on nearby calls for service heard the explosion of gunfire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
About 1 am, Saturday morning, gunfire erupted in north Richmond. A father and son were shot in the flying barrage of bullets that were fired from assault weapons, an AK47, Tec 9 according to police. A .380 pistol was also recovered.
Richmond police spokesman Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast said, “A 14 year old juvenile and his 36 year old father were victims of a shooting which occurred shortly before 1:00 am Saturday morning, September 1, in the 1000 block of Rufus Street in Richmond.” According to Neinast, the teen and his father were visiting from Bay City when they suffered gunshot injuries by stray bullets from a backyard next door.
“Witnesses stated that several persons exited a blue Buick with guns and walked to the back yard of a residence at the Rufus address where a group of individuals were playing dice,” said Neinast. The gang of suspects opened fire on the dice game resulting in stray bullets striking the teen and his father. None of the intended targets who were playing dice were injured.
In the years since Richmond’s notorious Mud Alley was shut down, the illicit drug activity has migrated to the 10th Street area near where this shooting took place.
At the time of the shooting a Richmond officer was nearby and heard the shots ring out. Several officers immediately converged on the area and a chase ensued when officers found the suspect Buick in the 2000 block of Thompson Highway/FM 762.
During the chase, the Buick pulled into the Walmart parking lot located at 5330 FM 1640 and two of the suspects bolted from the car; running from police. One of the fleeing felons, identified as Reginald Washington, left the Buick and ran over to a nearby SUV with open doors and tried to steal a Walmart patron’s car as she loaded groceries. He was captured by police before he could flee.
The second fleet footed felon who was fleeing was identified as Timothy Chatmon. In his attempt to get away, he ran to the nearby Whataburger and carjacked a drive-through customer. A chase ensued when Rosenberg police attempted to stop that vehicle operated by Chatmon on Avenue I. However, that all came to an end with a crash in the 5200 Hardwood in Rosenberg. Chatmon was then taken into custody.
As of Tuesday morning Richmond police are still trying to figure out all the intricacies of the case and who and how many other suspects are involved as well as the motive for the initial shooting. Most importantly, residents of Richmond want to know how and why are folks packing that kind of fire power wandering around the streets of Richmond, again?
Furthermore, Richmond police were so overwhelmed this past weekend, they ran out of police officers to answer calls.
Reginald Washington, 25, from Louisiana, and Timothy Chatmon, 31 of Houston have both been arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery, a 1st Degree Felony, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a 2nd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Evading Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor. Chatmon was also charged with Aggravated Kidnapping, a 1st Degree Felony and arrested on a felony warrant out of Harris County for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration.
Both shooting victims were taken to Oak Bend Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Washington and Chatmon remain in the Fort Bend County Jail.