The Houston Police Department on Wednesday (October 19) presented to City Council preliminary results of a three month-long, $2 million overtime crime reduction initiative to combat violent crime and gang activity in southwest and southeast Houston.
Uniformed officers assigned to the HPD Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) were deployed into areas seeing increases in criminal activity to conduct pro-active investigations and provide a visible presence in the area to deter criminal activity.
From July through September, CRU officers conducted pro-active investigations and reported 452 arrests, seized 71 guns and more than $39,000 in currency. In addition, 391 felony and 174 misdemeanor charges were filed. Three separate incidents also netted large amounts of narcotics, currency and weapons.
Officers conducted the following proactive investigations:
12825 Bellaire Boulevard about 1:25 a.m. on Sept 9
– A traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado for traffic violations and recovered narcotics, weapons and more than $2,400 in currency. Suspect Robert Daffern (w/m, 37) was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm and charged with possession with intent to deliver and felon in possession of a weapon in the 180th State District Court.
9700 Bissonnet Street about 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 11
– A traffic stop on an Infinity G35 and noticed a strong smell of marijuana in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered a large amount of narcotics as well as an assault rifle and a handgun. One suspect, Nicolas Sanders (b/m, 32), was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and felon in possession of a weapon in the 180th State District Court.
6777 South Dairy Ashford about 12:50 a.m. on Sept. 15
– A traffic stop on a white Dodge Ram for traffic violations and found the suspect in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, and a handgun equipped with a silencer. The suspect, William E. Paine (w/m, 29), was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a prohibited weapon in the 209th State District Court.
11456 Sharpview Drive about 3:55 a.m on Sept. 18
– Officers patrolling the area heard what were believed to be gunshots in a nearby neighborhood and immediately searched the area. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a black Lincoln Continental fleeing the area at a high rate of speed. Five persons inside the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a rifle, two semi automatic handguns and a revolver. At least one of the weapons was reported stolen out of Fort Bend County. Officers also recovered narcotics (methamphetamine), ski masks and several fired rounds inside the vehicle. Suspects Norbick Narvarette (H/m, 18), and Alexander Guevara (H/m, 19), were charged with possession of a controlled substance in the 248th State District Court. Elmer Sales (H/m, 20), Nelson Marines (H/m, 20) and Christian Villegas (23) are charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in Harris County Criminal Court #3.
9800 Club Creek about 2 p.m. on Sept. 22
– Officers conducting surveillance on an apartment in the 10100 block of Club Creek saw a male suspect exit an apartment and, prior to getting in his vehicle, concealed a bag in the engine area. Officers witnessed the vehicle commit traffic violations and conducted a traffic stop in the 9800 block of Club Creek. Officers searched the vehicle and found a black bag containing a loaded firearm. Suspect Aaron Onyedikachi Emeton (b/m, 31), was charged with felon in possession of a firearm in Harris County Criminal Court #11.
Photos of the above suspects can be viewed on the HPD flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonpolice/albums/72157671966381493
Acting Police Chief Martha I. Montalvo said, “I want to commend our officers for the great work during this initial phase of our initiative and I am very grateful for the support offered by Mayor Turner and City Council. This is just the first step and our enforcement efforts will continue,” Chief Montalvo added.
In addition, several crime reduction programs have been implemented, which include Domestic Violence Prevention and working with the Brays Oaks District/Public Safety Committee on quality of life issues affecting businesses and apartment complexes in the area.