3 arrested in holdup outside Wal-Mart
June 24, 2010 11:58 amThayer Evans (Ultimateclearlake.com) wrote:
League City police have arrested three people in connection with last week’s holdup of a woman with a child in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Charged with aggravated robbery are Matthew Alan Johnson, 23, of Pearland; Rhiannon Lee Kieselhorst, 26, of Pearland; and Roderick Tremayne Owens, 20, of Houston.
League City Police Lt. Bruce Whitten said the three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday night.
Bond was set at $100,000 each for Johnson and Kieselhorst, who are being held in the Galveston County Jail.
Bond was set for $50,000 for Owens, who’s being held in the Brazoria County Jail.
The robbery took place around 1:45 p.m. on Friday at the store that’s located at FM 646 and the Gulf Freeway.
A woman had just pulled into the parking lot with a 4-year-old girl when a gunman approached her and demanded her purse, then fled in a sports utility vehicle.
The surveillance video from Wal-Mart — click here to view it — was instrumental in making the arrests, Whitten said. It was distorted, but there was enough detail in the blurred license plate numbers to track down the vehicle used in the robbery, he said.
Police closed in Wednesday night when Owens left a house-trailer in the 7000 block of Honey Locust in Pearland and drove off in the SUV used in the robbery, Whitten said. Police had been watching the trailer, and Owens was pulled over by a Brazoria County sheriff’s deputy who initially arrested him on traffic violations.
Johnson, who’s accused of being the gunman, was in the SUV at the time of the arrest and was also taken into custody.
Kieselhorst, who’s accused of driving the getaway vehicle, was then arrested.
When questioned by police, Johnson and Kieselhorst implicated Owens as the lookout during the robbery, Whitten said. They said he was also in on the planning.
“We didn’t even know he was involved in the robbery,” Whitten said.
Police Chief Mike Jez praised his detectives for their role in the arrests.
“It’s an example of some excellent police work and determination on the part of our staff,” Jez said. “We’re committed to doing the best we can for our citizens. We’re pleased they’re off the streets and in jail.”
Friday morning I was reading the Galveston Daily News and saw this picture on the front page. Later that day, I was driving back to work after lunch, and I saw that sign out of the window of my car! When I had read the article earlier that morning, I didn’t realize that the hit and run location was right outside my workplace. Suddenly I realized, I knew the man who had been killed. Well, not knew him personally. But I saw him all the time! An old man, looked like a veteran, just riding his bike everyday, cool and content. I often wondered what his life was like, what his story was. He seemed very kind. I imagined that he was a hard worker. Now, I see his family members, and I feel so sad inside. I can’t believe he has been killed. Just to think, his life was taken in an instant. He was riding his bike, just like any other day. And then, just like that, it was over. I hope he is in Heaven now.
Here is a video of the accident taken by a BP parking lot camera.
Suspect arrested in fatal Texas City hit-and-run
By T.J. Aulds
The Daily NewsPublished June 24, 2010
TEXAS CITY — Police said a warrant was issued for a man they charged with driving the car that hit and killed a Texas City man two weeks ago.
Leonzo Antonio Amaro, 18, of Galveston, is charged with failing to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony.
Amaro was supposed to turn himself in by 8 p.m. Wednesday, Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said, but he was stopped and arrested by state troopers on Interstate 45 about 10 p.m.
He was held on $25,000 bail.
Victor Ramirez, a retired Amoco Oil pipe fitter, was hit by a car while riding his bicycle at Fourth Avenue South and 14th Street about 6:30 p.m. June 7, police said. Ramirez, 79, was going south on 14th Street when he entered the intersection and was hit by a car that was turning onto 14th Street from Fourth Avenue.
His family had posted signs near the scene seeking tips to find the person responsible.
“I guess I am relieved,” Ramirez’s daughter, Delia Gonzales, said. “I don’t know really what to say, other than it’s not bringing my dad back.
“I am glad he’s caught. It’s puts (the family) at ease. We were going to look forever until someone was caught. We weren’t going to stop.”
Burby said police received dozens of phone calls after The Daily News featured Ramirez’s story last week. The chief would not say whether one of those tips led to charges but credited community response with helping the investigation.
While he didn’t have figures, Burby said his department has investigated a higher number of hit-and-runs than in the past. He said he has a couple of officers who focus on investigating those cases. The department has cleared about one-third of its hit-and-run investigations, the chief said.
Burby said he was confident from early on police would find the person responsible.
“I told my guys we would solve this one,” Burby said.
The initial investigation indicates the driver of the car that hit Ramirez might not have been at fault in the accident. Still, not stopping was a crime, Burby said.
“Hopefully, people will see this and in the future do the right thing,” he said.Suspect arrested in fatal Texas City hit-and-run
Here is the original article from the Galveston Daily News:Family seeks hit-and-run driver
By T.J. Aulds
The Daily NewsPublished June 18, 2010
TEXAS CITY — Victor Ramirez, a retired Amoco Oil pipe fitter, was hit by a car while riding his bicycle last week. He died just feet away from the refinery’s fence line and a couple of blocks from his house.
His family posted signs at that fence, hoping someone will come forward to identify the hit-and-run driver.
“I was angry,” Ramirez’s daughter Delia Gonzales said. “I didn’t have any understanding of why someone would do something like that. You would think people would be, you know … they would be a better person and just stop.”
The hit-and-run happened at Fourth Avenue South and 14th Street about 6:30 p.m. June 7, police said. Ramirez, 79, was riding his bike south on 14th Street when he entered the intersection and was struck by a car that was turning onto 14th Street from Fourth Avenue.
Witnesses told police that the driver of the car stopped briefly, looked back at Ramirez and took off. The car was described by witnesses as a Pontiac Bonneville or Grand Prix with tinted windows and distinct chrome-covered “blade” wheels.
Bay Area 9/12 Patriots Moving Forward is a group that has just been formed. The group describes itself as:
“A core group of dedicated, die-hard people that desire to defend the Constitution, educate the people, and take action on restoring American honor.”
Meeting: TONIGHT April 16, 2010 6:30 PM Dickinson BBQ FM 517
I just discovered that there are actually two Galveston County GOP websites up and running at the moment.
Below is a list of the tea party GROUPS in the local area.
- Clear Lake Tea Party – Clear Lake (Texas) http://www.clearlaketeaparty.com/
- Clear Lake 9-12 Project – Clear Lake/Houston (Texas)
- Galveston-Brazoria Tea Party Patriots – Alvin (Texas)
- Alvin Teaparty Patriots – Alvin (Texas) http://alvinteapartypatriots.org/
- Pearland Tea Party Patriots – Pearland, TX (Texas) 4-8 pm Discovery Green- Downtown
- Galveston Island Tea Party Patriots – Galveston Island, TX (Texas)
- Houston Tea Party Society – Houston (Texas) http://houstontps.org/
It looks like the organized tea parties for today will be:
- Clear Lake: 4-7pm Clear Lake Park (5001 Nasa Pkwy)
- Alvin: 11am – 1pm State Farm Insurance (across from Alvin Post Office)
- Houston: 4-8pm Discovery Green (across from George R. Brown Convention Center)
Come on out and join one of the TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY RALLIES!