By LeaAnne Klentzman
Each week as the “Star” puts together yet another spine tingling issue to provide readers with what is happening in their community, local law enforcement is quizzed on daily activity.
One thing is for sure, whether reported or not, there is always crime. Here is just a microcosm of what law enforcement deal with on an hourly and shift basis. While the street names change and the faces of the complaints are different, it remains the same, crime is constant and good, as well as, bad.
One week in the month of May, in one area, sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Honeymoon Bridge in the Woodbridge neighborhood three times for domestic violence problems. Some of those issues were for assault, and others were for violations of protective order. The deputies were tasked with keeping the peace, providing safety from an aggressor, refereeing, and family counseling.
During the same time frame, other deputies were investigating a burglary at the concession stand in the New Territory baseball fields. This slug broke out a window, stole money from the cash box and left. Surveillance video indicated that the suspect was a white male, thin build, about 5’6″ to 5’10” with unknown color hair. He is believed to be between 17 and 20 years old. As officers know, he will most probably be a neighborhood kid whose parents won’t believe their child would have done something like that.
Then a few hours later, in the same neighborhood, deputies respond to a call of found property. In that incident on Ivy Cross Lane in New Territory, sheriff’s public information officer Bob Haenel says, “The homeowners returned home from dinner and found a suitcase on the sidewalk. The item was not there when they departed. The black Bass brand ballistic nylon suitcase was upright with the carry handle extended.” He went on to say, “The main compartment had been cut open and all front pockets were unzipped. Inside was a pair of black Isotoner gloves and two x-rays in an envelope. The bag had a baggage number for United Airlines Flight 1259 out of Houston Intercontinental Airport and a name tag.” No further information; no crime committed.
That same day at about 5:30 in the afternoon deputies in a west Fort Bend neighborhood responded to an assault after one of three hired carpenters got drunk on the job and was asked to leave. The following day he returned. He was again told to leave the residence. In an effort to get a ride away, the hung-over woodworker began to argue with another of the carpenters who was still on the job. Eventually a fight ensued and according to Haenel, “The unwelcome worker stabbed the other with a cordless drill, causing pain and a minor injury.”
At about 9 p.m. that night, deputies were dispatched to the 7200 block of San Pablo in Mission Bend to investigate a domestic violence assault. In this case, Haenel said, “A woman was at her father-in-law’s house to wash some clothes. A female resident of the house objected and the two got into a fight.”
As the night wound down to a close, in another, yet different subdivision, about 2 a.m., deputies responded to a call in the 15600 block of Evergreen Grove Dr. in Houston regarding an assault said Haenel. In this case the victim told deputies that when she arrived that evening to a friend’s baby shower, she witnessed two women getting into a fight. During the melee, one of the assailants husband waded into the fight. The victim suffered injuries while trying to intervene and stop the brawl.
The cases identified here are just a few of the calls for service that deputies responded to in just one shift in just one area of Fort Bend County. While the names might change, and the faces are different, the calls for service and crimes remain the same.