Friendswood Police Activity Report February 28-March 7, 2022

By: Friendswood Police Department
| Published 03/07/2022

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FRIENDSWOOD, TX -- Friendswood Police Activity Report

February 28-March 7, 2022

Robbery
Mar. 1 (9:03 p.m.) A home invasion robbery is being investigated at a residence in the 2900 block of Autumn Cove Court. The resident reports that two males with guns broke into her home, tied her up, and robbed her. The victim was left wrapped in tape and extension cords. The police department has extensive history at the residence and does not believe the incident was random.

Burglary
Mar. 4 (1:59 a.m.) At approximately 2:00 AM, Friendswood Police were dispatched to a burglary in the 600 block of S. Friendswood Dr. The caller advised police that an unknown white male wearing a mask and long sleeve shirt had stolen one cash register and was attempting to steal another. When officers arrived on scene, they found two cash register drawers on the ground. The Friendswood Police K9 and drone units began to search for the suspect believed to be on foot. At approximately 3:15 AM, Friendswood Police received an additional burglary alarm call in the 100 block of S. Friendswood Dr. Officers responded and located a male matching the description of the suspect. Officers were able to obtain surveillance footage from local business owners to confirm the verbal description of the suspect. Santiago Arriaga, 40, of Baytown, TX was located with a substantial amount of cash on his person along with other items that were confirmed stolen. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of Burglary of a Building.

Theft
Feb. 28 (4:23 p.m.) A theft of prescription medication was reported from Walgreens located at 102 N. Friendswood Drive. Corporate officials were investigating a shortage of Phentermine tablets from the pharmacy. A pharmacy technician is accused of stealing the controlled substance and was terminated from her employment.

Mar. 1 (11:28 a.m.) A Friendswood man’s monthly check to his church was not received by the church in December. However, the check was cashed and deposited into an unknown person’s account. He believes the check was stolen either in trans to or once it arrived at the church.

Mar. 1 (5:43 p.m.) A package was stolen from the front porch of a home in the 1900 block of Cloud Croft Drive. The porch pirate was a white male driving a small four door tan or silver passenger car. He appeared to be between 17 and 25 years of age, brown hair, thin brown facial hair, and medium build. He was wearing tan pants, a black hoodie, black Nike shoes, and a tan hat (on backwards).

Mar. 2 (10:53 a.m.) A catalytic converter was stolen from a Schlotszky’s company vehicle located at 109 E. Parkwood Avenue. The manager believes the theft occurred sometime between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Mar. 3 (2:02 p.m.) A catalytic converter was stolen from a Magic Blinds van at 810 S. Friendswood Drive sometime overnight.

Fraud
Feb. 28 (10:49 a.m.) A Friendswood woman reported that two bank accounts were opened using her personal identifying information.

Mar. 1 (8:18 a.m.) A Friendswood man recently purchased a new vehicle bearing a new temporary tag. He received a letter from the North Texas Toll Authority regarding unpaid tolls. He discovered that someone driving a Lincoln that was equipped with the same temporary tag and was running the tolls and had amassed fines over $200.

Mar. 1 (11:55 a.m.) On February 28, at approximately 2:28 p.m., a young male passed four counterfeit $50 bills for the purchase of Vanilla gift cards.

Mar. 2 (11:13 a.m.) An officer was dispatched to Walgreens at 102 N. Friendswood Drive where a man was attempting to reload a VISA gift card app on his phone with a counterfeit $50 bill. The manager confiscated the counterfeit bill and gave back the real money. The man exited the store before the police arrived. He was described as a Hispanic male wearing two shirts – a blue short-sleeved shirt and a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and a ball cap.

Mar. 3 (1:14 a.m.) Jeremy Austin Lawrence, 30, of League City, was charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information. Lawrence was stopped for a license plate violation in the 1900 block of S. Friendswood Drive. During the contact, Lawrence provided the officer with consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the officer found cocaine residue, two Texas license plates, checkbooks, a driver’s license, and a social security card belonging to persons other than Lawrence. Contact was made with the husband of a person whose name was on one of the checkbooks – the checkbook owner is deceased.

Mar. 4 (3:32 p.m.) A Friendswood woman was alerted to fraudulent activity on her debit card. The two fraudulent charges were made in Arizona.

Assault
Mar. 1 (7:29 p.m.) A 49-year-old Friendswood man is accused of assaulting his wife at their home in the 16300 block of Blackhawk Blvd. He left the residence before officers arrived. A warrant for his arrest is pending.

Mar. 3 (3:38 p.m.) An arrest warrant is pending for a 30-year-old El Lago man. Officers responded to a disturbance in a vehicle near the intersection of Blackhawk Blvd and Friendswood Link Blvd. Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim as she was backing out of a driveway in the 16700 block of Blackhawk Blvd. The suspect was inside the home and refused to answer the door. He is accused of assaulting the mother of his child.

Narcotics
Mar. 1 (11:53 p.m.) Naomi Kaye Hart, 41, of League City, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A vehicle was stopped in the roadway in the 4000 block of Friendswood Link Road obstructing the roadway. The driver and the passenger were asleep inside the vehicle. Once the occupants were identified, they provided consent for a search of the vehicle. During the search, the officer found Hart in possession of a methamphetamine pipe.

Mar. 2 (10:58 p.m.) David Wayne Houser, 32, of Woodsboro, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 and Unlawful Carrying Weapons. Katheryn Nicole Bennett, 39, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Houser was stopped for expired registration in the 1700 block of FM 528. He had an outstanding warrant in La Porte and was taken into custody. The officer inventoried the contents of the vehicle before the wrecker arrived and found Adderall pills and a gun in the vehicle. Adderall was also found inside Bennett’s purse. At the jail, Bennett was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Mar. 5 (9:10 p.m.) Grace Nicole Flores, 19, of Pearland, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Flores was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding in the 4100 block of FM 2351. During the contact, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. A search of the vehicle was conducted. Flores was found in possession of Ecstasy and taken into custody. The driver was released with a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mar. 7 (12:00 a.m.) Anthony Ray Guarnelo, 48, of Galveston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Guarnelo was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for expired temporary tags in the 3400 block of FM 528. During contact with the driver, the officer observed a large bong in plain view in the back seat. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found amphetamines and marijuana. The passenger, Guarnelo, claimed ownership of the vehicle and the narcotics.

Mar. 7 (3:50 a.m.) Robert Max Bynum, 43, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Bynum was driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate in the 4700 block of FM 2351. Bynum was identified and had an outstanding burglary warrant in Harris County. The vehicle did not have a registration sticker and the key was broken off in the ignition. The last time the vehicle was inspected was in 2009. Bynum was taken into custody for the warrant. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted, and the officer found two glass pipes and methamphetamine.

Driving While Intoxicated
Mar. 4 (11:57 p.m.) Garrett Heath Holodnak, 22, of Pearland, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated in the 1100 block of Melody Lane. A witness reported a reckless driver in the 400 block of E. Edgewood Drive and observed the vehicle turn north on Melody Lane. An officer arrived in the area and observed the vehicle driving partially into oncoming traffic and running a stop sign. Holodnak exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test.

Mar. 6 (1:36 a.m.) Amy Sheree Alvey, 32, of Alvin, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated-2nd Offense, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Jordan Kain Morales, 33, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. Alvey flipped her Kia Optima upside down in the 1600 block of Stoney Lake Drive. When officers arrived, Alvey identified herself as the driver of the Kia. She exhibited signs of intoxication and had the smell of alcohol on her breath. Friendswood EMS was called to check Alvey for injuries. As she sat on the curb and waited, Morales refused to get out of the roadway. He was intoxicated and taken into custody. He refused to be seen by the medics. Alvey failed a field sobriety test. While inventorying her vehicle, officers found cocaine in Alvey’s wallet.

Public Intoxication
Mar. 6 (12:13 a.m.) Eddie Joe Alexander, Jr., 52, of Houston, was charged with Public Intoxication. An officer was investigating a report of an intoxicated male inside a vehicle in the parking lot of McDonalds in the 100 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. When the officer arrived, he found Alexander in the driver’s seat, he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Alexander exhibited signs of intoxication, had the smell of alcohol on his breath, and failed a field sobriety test.

Weapons
Mar. 5 (12:50 p.m.) Kendrick Dawayne Jones, 23, of Houston, was charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapons. Jones was stopped for speeding in the 300 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. During the contact, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. Jones exited the vehicle so that a search could be conducted. Jones was in possession of two bags of marijuana, a gun, and a large sum of cash.

Traffic
Feb. 28 (11:43 a.m.) A vehicle with a stolen Oklahoma license plate was stopped in the 4000 block of FM 2351. Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver was identified as Bo Brian Zimmerhanzel, 40, of Anna, TX. Officers checked the VIN on the vehicle and discovered that the vehicle was stolen in Rosharon. Zimmerhanzel claimed that he purchased the vehicle in Manvel from a sale ad on LetItGo and had the purchasing documents inside the vehicle. Zimmerhanzel was charged with Driving While License Invalid.

Mar. 2 (12:33 a.m.) Lauren Michelle Nichols, 24, of League City, was charged with No Driver’s License and No Insurance. Nichols was stopped for speeding in the 1200 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. She does not possess a driver’s license and there was no insurance coverage on the vehicle.

Mar. 2 (3:02 p.m.) Erin Hebert, 38, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and No Insurance. She was stopped for expired registration in the 1200 block of W. Edgewood Drive. Her driver’s license was suspended, and she did not have insurance coverage.

Mar. 3 (1:02 p.m.) Brandon Leondrick Washington, 33, of Friendswood, was charged with No Insurance. He was stopped for changing lanes without signaling in the 3100 block of FM 528. The insurance coverage expired. Washington had received several citations for the same offense of failing to maintain financial responsibility.


Two juveniles charged with Theft of a Firearm; involved in car burglaries in Friendswood and Brazoria County

On January 30, 2022, a resident in the 1100 block of Pine Hollow Drive reported the theft of a firearm from his vehicle. The homeowner provided video surveillance of the suspects.

Then, on February 4th, a Brazoria County Sheriff’s deputy recovered the stolen gun. One of the teen suspects and his mother were going around returning stolen property to the rightful owners from car burglaries in Brazoria County.

On February 24th, a 16-year-old Friendswood teen turned himself in to police custody. He was transported to the Galveston County Juvenile Detention Center in Texas City.

On March 2nd, a 14-year-old Alvin teen turned himself in to police custody. He was transported to the Galveston County Juvenile Detention Center in Texas City.

Both teens were charged with Theft of a Firearm.


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Identity Theft

Here’s how it works:
Someone gets our personal information and runs up bills in your name. They might use your Social Security number, you credit card, or your medical insurance – along with your good name.

How would you know? You could get bills for things you didn’t buy or services you didn’t get. Your bank account might have withdrawals you didn’t make. You might not get bills you expect. Or, you could check your credit report and find account you never knew about.


Here’s what you can do:
Protect your information. Put yourself in another person’s shoes. Where would they find your credit card or Social Security number? Protect your personal information by shredding documents before you throw them out, by giving your Social Security number only when you must, and by using strong passwords online.
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