Last Thursday afternoon, a very good friend of mine was startled to learn his house had been broken into and ransacked. The criminals kicked their way into the home via the back door, and destroyed the sanctuary of a wonderful family. The burglars broke their way into the family safe, and pilfered more firearms than I can count with all my fingers. Not only that, they also stole jewelry and hard earned savings. We suspect the burglary was carried out by the same criminals who broke into his truck while he ate at Texas Land and Cattle on 1960 & 249 a few weeks ago. His range bag and briefcase containing personal info were stolen in seconds. This theft could have very well been the catalyst that launched the burglary and extreme personal violation.
Fast forward to Saturday night at the range. As the night was winding down, two young, black men came cruising in the door wanting to use the range. As they shot, a customer and fellow friend of the burglary victim, recognized two of the very distinct guns being used as two stolen from the collection of our friend. These were custom guns, with most of the parts purchased and installed just 10 days before at the very range these assholes decided to practice their skills. Our customer called the Constables, who raced over, disarmed, and apprehended the duo with the stolen guns. The pair were handcuffed and their gun bag was searched. Sure enough, two of the pistols being used were verified as the stolen guns. Both by visual ID by the victim, and matching serial numbers out of the sales records. One of the other pistols, a pink, spray painted Glock was listed as stolen as well. As the Constables prepared to call the DA with their case, they found these two had previously had a number of run ins with law enforcement. http://www.khou.com/story/news/2014/07/15/11466712/ And
Strangely enough, the case was dropped after the witnesses mysteriously disappeared. In spite of that, I must admit they were always polite and paid their fines when they destroyed equipment with errant gunfire. I appreciate the courtesy. But, they also fit the description of gangbanging thieves wanted by the ATF. They (ATF agents) paid me a visit two weeks ago to warn us of these guys and to call them if this group of thugs were spotted. Unfortunately, the Agent searching for these fellas happened to be on vacation yesterday. It’s unfortunate, because the assistant DA on duty Saturday night out of DA Devon Anderson’s office, I’m not quite sure of her name, but I believe it was Arriega, refused to charge these upstanding young men with possession of stolen firearms. Never mind their stories didn’t match. Never mind the guns one claimed “daddy had forever”, were assembled ten days ago. Never mind the receipt for the serialized optic was actually sitting on top of my desk at that very moment. Never mind these guys have been processed numerous times and witnesses have come up missing. Never mind they are wanted by the ATF. Never mind they are known gang members. Never mind Police KNOW at least one of these guys has shot people in the past! The ADA refused to charge them with possession of stolen firearms and told the Constables to let them go. Turn them loose. On your streets. She had the opportunity to take bad people off the street as they were CAUGHT RED HANDED with STOLEN FIREARMS! The DA’s office isn’t willing to put in the effort to prove they KNEW the guns were stolen. Never mind they were stolen just 48 hours previous. Instead of doing her freaking job, and proving these hoodlums as guilty, she chose to victimize the burglary victim and his family all over again! And assured they will never be able to spend another night in their house. By not doing what the taxpayers pay her to do. By not putting criminals in jail where they belong. Talking to a few of the officers, I found this kind of bull is common from the DA’s office. Apparently, the ADA will only take cases that are absolute lay down convictions, so as to make their record more appealing when they’re applying for jobs in the private sector. Why wouldn’t an oil company want to hire someone who won every case they worked? This clown is putting officers, victims and citizens in danger every night by releasing thugs like these two in the street instead of taking a seemingly slam dunk case. She should be ashamed for her lack of action on this, an ACTUAL GUN CRIME CAUGHT ON CAMERA. It was only pure luck, the watchful eye, and quick thinking of law enforcement that noticed armor penetrating ammo sitting in the bottom of the rifle bag that got these guys locked up in the end. After much persuasion, reading and rereading of the penal code, did the ADA accept charges for possession of AP ammo. I am sickened and disgusted by the actions of the ADA from the office of Devon Anderson Saturday night. These criminals should have been hauled away, right away. They wake in the morning and prepare to ruin lives. They have no moral compass and will kill if presented with the opportunity. They belong in jail. Not out on the streets amongst you and your family. But apparently, that’s right where the ADA wants them…