Saturday very eventful
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Saturday was eventful at First Colony Mall.
Sugar Land Police were called to the mall more than a couple of times Saturday afternoon. Two of the most notable cases were to deal with an aggravated assault and a fleet footed thief.
The first indication of trouble surfaced at about 3:15 Saturday afternoon when a man notified an off duty officer, who was working security, that some boys had pulled a knife on him near the JC Penney’s entrance. Once the facts were sorted out, officers learned that a verbal altercation began over a parking space had occurred in the parking lot. The parties involved were a group of teens and an off duty Harris County deputy sheriff. A second verbal conflict erupted when all parties attempted to enter the Mall at the same JC Penney’s entrance.
At some point during the second verbal exchange, one of the teens, not knowing the man was an off duty officer, pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it, then began yelling and threatening the off duty deputy. The knife wielding teen was taken into custody for aggravated assault.
Some two hours later, another off duty Sugar Land officer who happened to be working security at the Mall attempted to stop a theft suspect who decided better to run than to talk. That fleet footed thief was nabbed by more off duty police personnel who were also working security. After the foot chase, which added an evading charge to the suspect‘s laundry list of offenses, he continued to fight with police thus garnering him a resisting arrest charge as well.
By Saturday night, mall security, loss prevention officers, and all the police who were working extra security were glad to see the stores close.