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A veteran Harris County Sheriffs Office Deputy will face disciplinary action and re-training after an incident that happened while a suspect was in custody. Deputy Tu Tran, currently assigned to the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, will face a three-day unpaid suspension because of his actions following a multi-agency police pursuit Oct. 12 that covered 85 miles and ended with the suspect's arrest in Jefferson County. WATCH: East Freeway suspect apparently punched in throat "Deputy Tran also has been ordered to undergo additional training and he is on a 90-day probationary status," wrote Harris County Sheriff's Office Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland. On video captured by Sky 2, Tran appears to strike the handcuffed suspect, Mohmed Abu-Shlieba, 25, in the throat as he is places him into an unmarked police vehicle. "Obviously, my thoughts are the officer overreached his boundaries. It wasn't necessary. The man was in custody and handcuffs," Brian Coyne, Abu-Shlieba's defense attorney, said by phone. Tran has not been charged with a crime, and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges, according to Gilliland. Abu-Shlieba, who has prior criminal convictions, is most recently charged with evading arrest. Tran shot and killed a man with a gun outside a Houston nightclub in July 2015. A friend of the man said at the scene that Juan Adolfo Ibarra, 24, was trying to leave the scene and should not have been shot. A Harris County Grand Jury declined to indict Tran in March 2016.
The driver of a truck featuring a sticker with an expletive directed toward President Donald Trump made some new adjustements by adding, "F*** Troy Nehls and F*** You for Voting for Him" after being arrested on an unrelated, outstanding charge. Karen Fonseca, 46, walked out of the Fort Bend County Jail with her husband Thursday night after she was taken into custody just an hour after KPRC spoke with her Thursday. She was released on a $1,500 bond. State Rep. Ron Reynolds and Fonseca will be holding a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday to discuss the injustice against Fonseca at the Fort Bend County Justice Center. 'We have to protect people's First Amendment Right to Free Speech," Reynolds said. "A difference in political views does not give Sheriff Nehls the right to target citizens. These actions by Sheriff Nehls could be an abuse of his law enforcement authority." Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said he was "not surprised" by the sticker, and "thinks it's disgusting." Fonseca's truck was pictured in a post on Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls' Facebook page. Nehls posted a photo of the back of a white pickup truck with a tinted back window and a large sticker that reads, "F*** Trump, and f*** you for voting for him." Here was Nehls' caption of the photo: "I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it." WATCH: Fort Bend County sheriff speaks about Facebook post on anti-Trump sticker The post went viral, gaining more than 10,000 shares within hours. Just a day after the post was made Thursday, Nehls had deleted the post. His office issued this statement: "The Sheriff made the post on his Personal page. The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message. Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further." WATCH: Full interview of truck owner with F Trump sticker Fonseca said in the 11 months that she has had the sticker on the truck she has had no problems.
The trial dates have been set for a former Harris County deputy and her husband who were arrested in connection with the death of John Hernandez. Chauna Thompson, who was fired from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and her husband, Terry Thompson, were in court Thursday, where a judge set the trial dates - May 18, 2018, for Terry Thompson, and June 1, 2018, for Chauna Thompson. There was a heavy presence of law enforcement at the courthouse as the Thompsons arrived. The couple ignored questions from reporters as they walked to a waiting elevator. Family, friends and supporters of Hernandez were also present. They said they believe the trials could take up to two years to complete, and are willing to be there every step of the way. The Thompsons were each charged with murder in connection with the May 28 confrontation with Hernandez outside of a Denny's restaurant. Video of the incident appeared to show Terry Thompson using a chokehold and lying on top of Hernandez while Chauna Thompson held down one of Hernandez's arms.
Julissa Diaz has gone from HPD officer to former officer after she was accused of tampering with evidence related to narcotics. Diaz made her first court appearance early Friday morning. A source told Channel 2 News that a SWAT team arrested the 11-year veteran, who lives in the city of South Houston, during her overnight shift Thursday morning. Thirty-seven-year-old Diaz was no ordinary officer. According to the Houston Police Officer's Union, she was recognized as Patrol Officer of the Month in 2015 for apprehending two major drug dealers during a routine traffic stop. Her commendation said Diaz "has always demonstrated a passion for making a difference and her dedication to duty." According to our source, Diaz worked the night shift at HPD's Clear Lake Station. She was arrested by SWAT officers after a lengthy investigation by HPD's narcotics division. In response, Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement: "Ms. Diaz's betrayal of the public trust and oath of office is inconsistent with the dedication of the men and women of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and their tireless, honorable service. "While we cannot overstate our depth of disappointment, we take solace in the fact the investigation that led to Ms. Diaz's arrest was conducted by men and women of the HPD, the same organization and co-workers she betrayed. "We look forward to working with the Harris County District Attorney's office to ensure she is held to the highest level of accountability under the law. Ms. Diaz's peace officer powers have been suspended and she has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation. "I urge anyone with information regarding her criminal misconduct or misconduct by any member of the Houston Police Department to contact us." Diaz is being held in a Harris county jail on $2,500 bond. Charged with tampering, fabricating evidence, she is set to appear in court again on Nov. 13.
A Houston police officer who works the night shift at the Clear Lake patrol station has found herself on the wrong side of the law. HPD officer Julissa Guzman Diaz is behind bars in the city jail. She's charged with tampering with evidence related to narcotics. Sources told KPRC 2 Diaz was arrested early Thursday morning while on duty after a lengthy investigation by HPD's narcotics division. Diaz has been with HPD since 2006. She was relieved of duty Thursday, according to the department. Houston police released a statement to KPRC2 that read, "Ms. Diaz's betrayal of the public trust and oath of office is inconsistent with the dedication of the men and women of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and their tireless, honorable service. While we cannot overstate our depth of disappointment, we take solace in the fact the investigation that led to Ms. Diaz's arrest was conducted by men and women of the HPD, the same organization and co-workers she betrayed. We look forward to working with the Harris County District Attorney's office to ensure she is held to the highest level of accountability under the law. Ms. Diaz's peace officer powers have been suspended and she has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation. I urge anyone with information regarding her criminal misconduct or misconduct by any member of the Houston Police Department to contact us."
A Harris County jailer is accused of giving a prisoner permission to attack a fellow inmate earlier this year, according to court documents obtained Sunday. The documents showed that Gene Ramirez, 27, was charged with official oppression in connection with a May 14 incident involving two inmates in pod 6028 at the Harris County Jail. According to the documents, the mother of an inmate called the Harris County Sheriff's Office and reported that Ramirez allowed an attack on her son. Investigators viewed surveillance video from the pod that appeared to show an inmate ask Ramirez for two minutes to fight another prisoner, and Ramirez appeared to grant permission, according to the court documents. The video showed the inmates chased each other around the pod before one cornered the other and a fight began, according to the documents. Ramirez took one minute before he reacted and called for assistance, according to the documents. Investigators said they also interviewed both the inmates involved in the incident, and they both said that Ramirez condoned the attack, according to the documents. Ramirez has posted a $1,000 bail. He is expected in court on Thursday. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and members of the HPD Vice Division announced Thursday the results of a sex buyers sting. A Houston Police Department "member" was arrested as a result of the sting, according to Acevedo. The name and exact position of the person in the HPD arrested has not been released. Acevedo announced that 139 men were arrested in a 10-day sex trade sting, Operation H Star, in Harris County. "Sadly, I want you all to know, that a member of the Houston Police Department was caught up in this sting," Acevedo said. "And let me just say this, that person was immediately put on restricted duty, that person is not part of our internal affairs investigations and I'm pretty confident that the person's future with the police department is not looking very promising." Officials released the photos of the so-called "johns." The announcement was an effort to help deter others from engaging in the illegal sex trade, officials said. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
Jason Loosmore, a former Houston Police Department officer, was indicted for an off-duty incident in which he shot and wounded a neighbor following an argument over a dog. Loosmore, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. "He used his badge and gun to try and settle a personal score," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. "The community, through a grand jury, decided the officer broke the law." Loosmore was not in uniform during the Oct. 13, 2016, incident, but he did have a badge hanging around his neck. Loosmore shot Casey Brown three times with a 9mm handgun while Brown was in his own yard, investigators said. WATCH: Press conference held after former HPD officer indicted on charges Brown, who was unarmed at the time, is still recovering from his wounds. Loosmore, who had been an officer for seven years at the time of the shooting, resigned from HPD in April 2017. If convicted, Loosmore faces two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
A man died Monday after being shot several times by a Montgomery County deputy after a chase that ended near Kingwood, according to authorities. The shooting was reported about 2 p.m. near Kingwood and Green Oak drives. According to Houston police, the deputy chased a man on a motorcycle after the license plate on the motorcycle came back as invalid. They said the chase ended with a crash. They said the man on the motorcycle ran into a nearby parking lot, where he tried to carjack a person at a carwash. They said the deputy and the motorcyclist struggled, and the deputy used his Taser. They said the motorcyclist then pulled a gun out of his backpack, and the deputy shot him several times. A photographer at the scene said a body was lying in the parking lot where the shooting happened. The deputy, who was from Montgomery County Precinct 4, was not injured in the shooting, according to police. Stay with KPRC 2 and Click2Houston.com for the latest on this developing story. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
A grand jury indicted three Harris County Sheriff's Office employees in separate assault cases dating back to 2015 and 2016, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Sgt. Marco Carrizales, 37, was indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant after authorities say he broke a man's eye socket following a chase. Carrizales, authorities say was directing traffic for a refinery, when a man allegedly drove through a four-way stop sign. Carrizales, allegedly hit the man with an "unknown object," causing seriously bodily injury, breaking his eye socket. The charge is a first-degree felony. A grand jury also indicted Harris County jailer, Dylan Goddard, 24, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a May 2016 incident. Goddard was a civilian detention officer at 1200 Baker, when he was transporting an inmate who was wearing handcuffs and leg irons. Authorities say a surveillance video shows Goddard lifting up the inmate and body slamming him on his skull. The inmate received seven staples to the back of his head. The charge is a second-degree felony. A grand jury also indicted a Harris County jailer, Michael Holley, 31, for two misdemeanor charges of assault-bodily injury that occurred in the 1200 Baker Street jail. Holley, a civilian detention officer, was walking with an inmate in handcuffs on Dec. 14, 2016 as he escorted him to the jail's infirmary. Authorities say surveillance video shows the inmate turning to face Holley, who then punches the inmate in the face multiple times and throws him to the ground. Holley was also escorting a handcuffed inmate on Dec. 19, 2016, when authorities say he shoved the inmate into a wall, according to video surveillance. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday in connection with the wrongful death lawsuit filed against a former Harris County deputy and her husband in the death of a man outside a Sheldon restaurant earlier this year. Attorneys for the family of John Hernandez said in a statement that attorneys for former Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry Thompson, have filed a motion to stay the case. The lawsuit is separate from the criminal case prosecutors have brought against the Thompsons, both of whom face murder charges. Hernandez died three days after the May 28 confrontation with the Thompsons outside a Denny's restaurant. Video of the incident appeared to show Terry Thompson using a chokehold and lying on top of Hernandez while Chauna Thompson held down one of Hernandez's arms. Attorneys for the Hernandez family are expected to speak after the 10 a.m. hearing. Click2Houston.com has planned to offer a livestream of the event. Stay with KPRC 2 and Click2Houston.com for the latest on this developing story. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
A rape victim is filing a class-action lawsuit against the city of Houston over a backlog of untested rape kits. The woman claims the city did not test thousands of rape kits, and she said if the kits had been tested, her assault, and others, could have been prevented. "The City of Houston, for years and years, refused to process rape kits. Rape kits which would have caught serial rapists," said attorney Randall Kallinen. The plaintiff wants a jury trial and she is asking that the city of Houston implement procedures to speed up the testing of evidence kits. She also wants to hold a number of former and current mayors and police chiefs accountable. A federal civil rights class-action lawsuit filed at the Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse in downtown Houston will be announced Tuesday at City Hall. It targets a host of past and present Houston city leaders. The case involves 53-year-old convicted child rapist David Lee Cooper -- whose criminal record dates back to the 1980s -- including aggravated robbery, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and sexual assault of a child, for which he is now serving life in prison. The plaintiff in the lawsuit said cooper's DNA was in several of the untested rape kits involving other alleged victims and said if those kits had been tested -- she believes police could've arrested Cooper before he assaulted her. The victim -- Dejenay Beckwith -- in a statement to KPRC said, "I want Houston to implement procedures for prompt processing of sexual assault evidence kits so that others do not have to needlessly endure what I did." "Too long the police department and the City of Houston lied to these women and discriminated against them by not testing their rape kits," said attorney Charles Peckham. The Houston Forensic Science Center -- which conducts forensic testing for the city -- said that while they cannot comment on the lawsuit, they are "keenly aware of the importance of processing sexual assault evidence in a timely manner. Since taking over management of the Houston Police Department's forensic operations in 2014, HFSC has eliminated legacy and incoming backlogs of sexual assault evidence." The list of defendants includes Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Police Chief Art Acevedo and several former mayors -- including Annise Parker, Bill White, and the estate of the late mayor Bob Lanier. Also listed as defendants are six former police chiefs.
A former police officer was indicted for felony theft Wednesday. Linnard Crouch, 41, turned himself in to the Galveston County Sheriff's Office at about 3:15 p.m. A former Texas City Police Department officer, Crouch is accused of stealing more than $2,400 worth of Christmas money from James Mabe, who authorities said was dying or had just died while driving home near 4000 Loop 197. The crime, recorded on a body camera, happened days before Christmas in 2016. "Unfortunately, I have seen all too many times officers who take advantage of situations," said civil rights lawyer and the Mabe family lawyer Randall L. Kallinen.
The mayor of Brookshire surrendered after a warrant for his arrest was issued late last week, Channel 2 Investigates has learned. Eric Scott, mayor of the small town of approximately 5,500 people, was released on a personal recognizance bond, according to a law enforcement source. According to multiple sources, Scott got into an altercation with a member of the Brookshire Police Department during the storm. He was barred from entering an emergency operations area at the Police Department after disagreements with other city leaders about how to handle preparations for the storm, according to a city government source. Brookshire City Council is slated to take up the matter later this week. "Because I sit on City Council and we have an executive session on this Thursday, and I may have to vote, I would probably not like to comment at this time," councilmember, Kim Branch, said. Critics of the mayor said Monday, he did not take adequate steps to prepare the city for the impact of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. "The first thing he said was the storm wasn't coming. He had no evacuation plan and he had no shelter in place," the Rev. Lee Jones, said. Mayor Scott already is already involved in another pending criminal investigation regarding a door-slamming incident when the city secretary was injured, according to a law enforcement source.
A man was killed by La Porte police Aug. 28 after pointing a shotgun at officers, authorities said. Just before midnight, police responded to reports of a disturbance between neighbors in the 3800 block of Barracuda Lane. When officers arrived, a man was seen reloading a shotgun through a window, according to authorities. The man then opened the door and pointed the gun at officers, authorities said. Officers repeatedly asked the man to drop the gun, but he continued to point it in the officers' direction, according to authorities. A La Porte officer shot and killed the man.
A 32-year-old Galveston County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested for assaulting his 22-year-old girlfriend on Tuesday, according to investigators. Fred Boas and his girlfriend got into an argument at Boas' apartment in the 200 block of Market Street on Aug. 19 around 2 a.m., authorities said. During the argument, Boas pushed his girlfriend, causing her to fall over a bed, according to authorities. Boas also aggressively picked her up off the floor by her wrist, authorities said. The woman sustained bruises and injuries consistent with the actions, investigators said. The woman also allowed investigators to listen to an audio recording of a conversation with Boas after the assault took place. Boas apologized for assaulting her in the recording, according to investigators. Boas has been charged with assault causing bodily injury - family violence. His bond was set at $7,500. He was taken to the Galveston County Jail.
A former Houston police officer and more than 250 sex buyers and traffickers were arrested on prostitution charges during a monthlong sting by the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office. A national coalition of law enforcement agencies called the National Johns Suppression Initiative made over 1,000 arrests between June 28 and July 31. Law enforcement agencies in 17 states took part in the operation. According to court documents, Darrin Thomas, a former HPD officer, was charged with prostitution. Thomas has been charged in the past for theft in 2010, according to court records. Harris County deputies arrested 161 sex buyers and HPD officers arrested 88 sex buyers and nine sex traffickers. "Our aim is for Harris County and Houston to shed the dubious distinction as America's sex trafficking capital," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "By focusing our efforts on sex buyers who are seeking to take advantage of sex trafficking victims, we are putting these predators on notice that our community won't tolerate their behavior." The annual operation is coordinated by the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois. PHOTOS: 250+ sex buyers, traffickers arrested on prostitution charges during sting The Harris County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit operated the sting with the cooperation of eight area hotels. They made a handful of significant arrests: A man in possession of 60 grams of hydrocodone and $4,360 cash, which was submitted for possible seizure. A man who was previously arrested for prostitution by the Vice Unit in January. A convicted sex offender. A man in possession of $6,722, which was submitted for possible seizure. Two suspects with handguns in their vehicles. "I want to commend the Harris County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit for their tireless work to make our community safer for our most vulnerable residents," Gonzalez said. "We will continue to vigorously pursue sex buyers so that they never feel comfortable paying for sex in Harris County." The Houston Area Women's Center is deep in the trenches in the fight to stop sex trafficking in Houston. The center provides support services to victims and survivors. "It's happening right in our backyard. It's so important to address this issue. Those numbers are astonishing and it's so important that we still come together to try and help reduce those numbers. It is our responsibility as a community to respond as well," said Celinda Guerra of the Houston Area Women's Center.
A police chase in southwest Houston on Thursday ended in a fatal crash in Stafford, according to authorities. Houston police said the chase began in the 11000 block of South Sam Houston Parkway and ended in the 10200 block of West Airport Road. Police said the chase ended when the vehicle that was being pursued flipped, throwing a person from the vehicle.
A Houston Police Department officer has been relieved of duty after being charged with DWI Tuesday. Stacey Ann Suro, 47, was relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an investigation, according to authorities. Suro was previously demoted from sergeant to officer after she was caught posting photos, some nude, on a website.
DNA evidence in a 19-year-old sexual assault case was found Wednesday in the Houston Forensic Science Center.
Officials with the HFSC said it was found in a former staff member's office.
Officials said the employee analyzed the evidence in 2005. The evidence included bloodstained cards, biological material and DNA extracts.
The evidence is connected to the sexual assault of a nursing home resident.
An employee at the nursing home pleaded guilty to the crime.
According to the HFSC, no other evidence has been found in the former staff member's office.