Felony Lane Gang style burglary at Stevenson Park
On Jan. 31 between 8:55 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., a vehicle was burglarized at Stevenson Park located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive. The driver’s side window was shattered and a purse was stolen. Fortunately, there was no activity on the cards before they were cancelled. However, an hour later, a Chase Bank in Houston contacted the victim and provided a description of a suspect who made six attempts to access her bank account at different Chase Bank locations. The suspect was described as a blonde-haired, white female, mid 20s to early 30s. She was driving a Volvo SUV, either red or dark gray in color, with Florida license plates. This may be the work of the “Felony Lane” gang.
These criminals are targeting women, their cars and purses left inside to be more specific. Women often leave their purses, wallets and bags in the car when going places like the gym, park, daycare, church, or any place that is visited for a short time. These criminals have been seen cruising parking lots looking for women not carrying a bag. Once they have the purse, thieves quickly use credit cards and stolen checks for a quick payday. Don’t think you can’t be a victim of this type of crime. This is a crime of opportunity and happens everywhere.
Similarities in the location, method and execution of the Stevenson Park burglary, along with the suspect vehicle description, suggest that the Felony Lane gang is targeting the area.
Friendswood Teen Caught Stealing Alcohol from Neighbor’s Garage
On January 28 at 12:05 a.m., Jordan Cyprian Lawrence, 19, of Friendswood, was charged with Burglary of a Building. A homeowner in the 1500 block of Oak Hollow Drive called police after he caught Lawrence inside his garage stealing alcohol. When police arrived, Lawrence was being detained by the homeowner and his son. The same residence has been broken into on two separate occasions. Each time, alcohol and beer was stolen from the garage. A motion sensor in the garage alerted the homeowner to the intrusion. After Lawrence was read his Miranda rights, he confessed to breaking into another garage on Blueberry a couple of weeks prior. Investigators also found that he was caught on video during an attempted burglary at another residence on Oak Hollow on January 16, but did not enter when he found the garage door locked. Lawrence’s bond was set at $2,000. This is the third arrest in a seven day period relating to garage burglaries and alcohol thefts.
At 8:14 a.m. on January 28, a resident in the 1000 block of Applewood Drive reported the theft of beer from a garage refrigerator. When the resident got up at 7:00 a.m., she noticed that the side door of the garage was open and the only thing that appeared to be missing was beer. Investigators believe they have a suspect in this case.
Door-to-Door Salesmen Arrested
A Valero store employee at 5091 FM 2351 called police when a man who had stolen items from the store returned. The employee told police that the man stole a cell phone charger on January 29 at approximately 8:00 p.m. The store employee did not report the theft at the time because he figured the man would never return to the store again. But, on February 1 at 11:14 a.m., the suspect returned to the store and purchased a cigar and the employee was able to identify the man after viewing his Missouri identification card. The suspect was identified as Maurice Binion and the Valero employee believed the man was a door-to-door salesman. Right before the man paid for his cigar, he stole a 5-Hour Energy Drink. Store video was reviewed and confirmed both thefts. Binion was nowhere to be found.
A short time later, Quindell D. Johnson, 21, of Chicago, IL; Jay Tee Turner, 32, of Monroe, LA; and Joshua Trea Neloms, 28, of Jacksonville, FL, were charged with Possession of Marijuana. An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Meadow Bend Drive to investigate suspicious activity at around 11:56 a.m. A resident in the area reported that he was approached by two black males who were asking him questions and were acting suspicious. As the officer was arriving, she observed a vehicle with Indiana license plates commit a traffic violation. The occupants matched the description of the suspicious persons. All three men were going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions and did not have a city solicitor permit. Johnson was driving and did not have a driver’s license but he did have an extensive arrest sheet that included theft, burglary, assault, and drug charges. Turner had prior arrests for drugs, burglary, theft, weapons and assault. All three men were taken into custody. During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found a package of Swisher Sweets containing one cigar and marijuana. These three men also confirmed that Maurice Binion was a part of their sales group.
Feb. 2 (10:02 p.m.) A burglary of a vehicle was reported at the Emeritus Home located at 1310 S. Friendswood Drive. Sometime between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., the right rear window of a vehicle was smashed. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
Jan. 30 (4:05 p.m.) A resident in the 400 block of Dogwood Circle called police when she discovered that someone was purchasing weight loss pills using her identifying information. Several packages of a weight loss product were sent to her daughter’s former address in League City. The weight loss company confirmed that the product was purchase in her name using a credit card. The reporting person has not suffered any financial loss at this time.
Feb. 1 (2:36 p.m.) The manager of 528 Asian Bistro contacted police after she received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a TXU Energy employee. The man told her that he would be shutting off power to the restaurant if she did not pay an unpaid balance of her electricity bill by purchasing a Green Dot Moneypack card. She immediately reported the suspicious activity to police. A google search of the phone number where the call originated showed a history of scam activity.
Feb. 1 (5:49 p.m.) A resident in the 2400 block of S. Mission Circle contacted police to report credit card abuse. The victim recently obtained a Chase credit card and received a call from the company advising of suspicious account activity. Two large purchases were made using the card and someone contacted the credit card company to change the address just prior to one of the purchases.
Jan. 31 (11:41 p.m.) Randall J. Boeding, 63, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury-Family Violence. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Myra Street. When they arrived, they observed and man and woman arguing. Boeding’s wife answered the door. She had blood on her face. Boeding is accused to pushing his wife on the ground and hitting her in the mouth.
Feb. 2 (9:29 p.m.) George Edward Pendleton, Jr., 21, of Friendswood, and James David Barnett, 20, of League City, were charged with Assault by Contact. Officers responded to the Subway restaurant, located at 2701 W. Parkwood, where an assault had occurred. Pendleton told the officer that Barnett slapped him and knocked off his hat. Barnett was no longer on location so the officer met with him in the 1600 block of Lundy Lane. Barnett’s shirt was ripped and he had scratches on his chest. The scratches and the ripped clothing were done by Pendleton. Both men were issued citations for assault by contact.
Jan. 27 (3:05 p.m.) Edelmira Quezada, 28, of San Leon, was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Tiffany Marie Bryant, 27, of League City, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Adrian Sanchez, 30, of San Leon, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Quezada was stopped for traffic violations in the 3300 block of FM 528. During contact with the driver, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. All of the occupants in the vehicle were identified before a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, officers found nine different prescriptions. They included 28 doses of Ibuprofen 600 mg, 30 doses of Ibuprofen 800 mg, 30 doses of stool softener, 2 doses of Alprazolam, 111 doses of Hydrocodone, 30 doses of Ranitidine (pink), 3 doses of Ranitidine (orange), another 30 doses of Ibuprofen 600 mg, 90 doses of Carisoprodol, and a bag of marijuana. Bryant was concealing Alprazolam and Hydrocodone in her bra. The prescriptions were in the names of several different people. Later, investigators found out that Bryant was paid by Quezada to go to the doctor and get prescriptions. Two of Quezada’s children were in the vehicle and later turned over to another family member. During booking, Quezada had more Ibuprofen and a pharmacy script for Xanax with another person’s name on it inside her purse. In the meantime, Bryant had Hydrocodone and Xanax wrapped in a piece of paper. Quezada’s bond was set at $40,000. Bryant’s bond was set at $20,000 and Sanchez’ bond was set at $1,000.
Jan. 27 (11:34 a.m.) Christopher Ray Orozco, 17, of Webster, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the 16900 block of Bougainvilla Lane. Orozco was walking in the middle of the roadway. He was stumbling and tripping over his own feet. As soon as the officer contacted Orozco, she observed marijuana shake on Orozco’s shorts. The officer checked his clothing and found a marijuana cigar. Orozco was impaired and high. He was taken into custody.
Jan. 28 (8:50 p.m.) Taylor Wade Figueroa, 18, of Friendswood, and Taylor Nicole Duehren, 19, of Friendswood, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 3100 block of Prince George Drive. The witness told police that the two occupants had climbed into the back seat. Just before the officer arrived, the vehicle left the area. A few minutes later, the officer saw the vehicle turning onto W. Bay Area Blvd without using a turn signal. Figueroa was identified as the driver and told the officer that he knew that someone had called the police on him. During the conversation, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. Figueroa admitted that he and Duehren were smoking marijuana in the backseat while they were parked on Prince George. He then told the officer that he still had some marijuana and a pipe inside the vehicle. When the officer was unable to find the baggie of marijuana, Duehren reached down her pants and pulled out a small plastic aggie with less than a gram of marijuana.
Jan. 30 (9:05 p.m.) William Dustin Wilks, 23, of Friendswood, was charged with Falsification of Drug Test Results. Wilks was stopped for speeding and failure to use his turn signal in the 3500 block of Beacons View. Wilks was extremely nervous and was asked to exit the vehicle. The officer asked Wilks if there was anything in the vehicle and he admitted to having a bottle of urine in the cup holder. The officer searched the vehicle, found the bottle of urine, as well as marijuana residue throughout the vehicle interior. Another bottle of synthetic urine was found in the glove box.
Jan. 31 (3:33 a.m.) Raed Ali Bataineh, 19, of League City, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bataineh was stopped for speeding in the 1100 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Bataineh had lit up a cigar in an attempt to conceal the smell of marijuana, despite marijuana residue being present on the floorboard and back seat. During a search of the vehicle, a glass pipe was found, along with a significant amount of marijuana residue in the floorboard, seats and cup holders.
Jan. 31 (7:46 p.m.) Jose Antonio Betancourt Rivera, 20, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Alexis Renee Hickman, 23, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officers responded to a potential narcotics violation taking place in the parking lot of Friendship Haven located at 1500 Sunset Drive. The suspect vehicle was located and Betancourt and Hickman were found standing beside the car. As the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the smell of marijuana and ordered Betancourt and Hickman to place their hands in plain sight. As the officer peered through the driver’s side window, he noticed a baggie of marijuana in an area where Betancourt had been reaching. The officer then found a multi-colored pipe in the passenger seat. Hickman admitted to using the pipe to smoke marijuana while she was on her break.
Feb. 2 (12:55 a.m.) Eric Lynn LeBlanc, 29, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. LeBlanc was stopped for an equipment violation in the 4500 block of FM 2351. LeBlanc had a warrant in Pasadena and his driver’s license was flagged. As LeBlanc stood up, pieces of marijuana was observed on the driver’s seat. The officer asked LeBlanc if he had any more marijuana. He did and retrieved a baggie of marijuana from the glove box along with a metal pipe.
Driving While Intoxicated
Jan. 30 (11:25 p.m.) Adrienne Lee Bartley, 27, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Bartley was stopped in the 2900 block of W. Bay Area Blvd because she was driving without headlights. As the officer approached Bartley, he immediately detected the smell of alcohol and observed an open container of alcohol in the center console. Bartley exhibited signs of intoxication; she failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. A warrant was obtained in order to get a blood specimen and Bartley was transported to a local hospital for the blood draw.
Feb. 2 (2:25 a.m.) Marissa Michele Dowding, 17, of Houston, was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor (DUIABM). Dowding was observed swerving from side-to-side and failing to maintain a single lane of traffic in the 2000 block of FM 528. She exhibited signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes, thick speech and the smell of alcohol on her breath. Dowding gave the officer consent to search her vehicle after she denied the ingestion of alcohol or drugs. During the search, the officer found a red plastic cup in the driver’s floorboard containing some type of liquor. Dowding failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.
Jan. 30 (7:51 p.m.) Katie Marie Garza, 33, of League City, was charged with Public Intoxication. The police dispatcher received two 9-1-1 hangup calls from Cheers Pub located at 502 N. Friendswood Drive. While officers were responding, a bartender reported having trouble with a female patron. The bartender had taken Garza’s car keys away from her in an attempt to prevent her from driving drunk. When officers arrived, they contacted Garza, who exhibited signs of intoxication and took her into custody.
Jan. 29 (2:56 p.m.) Cindy T. Damian, 28, of League City, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 100 block of Leisure Lane. Damian was driving a vehicle without insurance coverage. She did not have a driver’s license and presented an identification card. She has a prior conviction for driving with a suspended license.
Jan. 30 (9:51 a.m.) Louis Norman Bernhardt III, 42, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 2800 block of FM 528. Bernhardt was driving a taxi and did not have a front license plate. Bernhardt did not have a driver’s license because it was suspended. During an inventory of the taxi, two credit cards were found. The owner of one of the credit cards was contacted and he had no idea how his credit card came to be inside the taxi. The card was cancelled and reported stolen on January 22. The other card was reported stolen on December 26, 2013 and the owner was not yet located.
Jan. 30 (4:16 p.m.) Jordan Charles Jones, 27, of Friendswood, was charged with Defective Stop Lamps, Running a Stop Sign and No Insurance in the 16500 block of Barcelona Drive. During contact with Jones, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. Jones admitted that he had transported and smoked marijuana inside his vehicle two days prior. During a search of the vehicle, only marijuana residue was found throughout the vehicle’s interior.
Jan. 29 (3:31 p.m.) Clint Cole Jackson, 20, of Houston, and Breeana Juhree Glenn, 18, of Houston, were charged with Public Lewdness. A witness called police when she observed two people engaged in sexual relations in the back of a vehicle parked at near the Stevenson Park pavilion located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive. When the officer arrived, he located the couple and the vehicle. The officer was able to get their attention and have them exit the vehicle. Jackson and Glenn were taken into custody.
Jan. 29 (5:55 p.m.) Rozlyn Elizabeth Everett, 28, of Friendswood, was charged with Failure to Identify. Everett was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1500 block of S. Friendswood Drive. The driver presented an expired insurance card and told the officer that the car belonged to her cousin, who she identified as Rozyln Everett. The driver told the officer that she did not have her driver’s license in her possession and identified herself as Carletta Everett. The lie was caught when Everett misspelled her first name. She came clean and admitted that she provided a false name and date of birth. During an inventory of the vehicle, Everett’s driver’s license was found. She had a warrant in Harris County Precinct 5, but the warrant could not be confirmed. Everett’s bond was set at $1,000.