Harris County Assistant DA Sticks It To Burglary Victims

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

http://abc13.com/archive/7933341/

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…

11 thoughts on “Harris County Assistant DA Sticks It To Burglary Victims

  1. I think I see a pattern here.

    Harris County sheriff Adrian Garcia refuses to sign on with other sheriffs who go on record that they will not enforce illegal gun laws against honest citizens. Harris County attorney will not even respond to the question.

    Harris County refuses to provide crime data to spotcrime.com, the crime reporting service that hundreds of thousands subscribe to in order to know what is happening in their neighborhoods. (City of Houston does provide the info.)

    Sheriff Adrian Garcia has unsecured county-issued handgun stolen from his no-burglar-alarm home.

    Harris County ADA will not file charges on career criminals caught “red-handed” with stolen guns.

    My friends, it sounds like time for a change. IT surely might be helpful in the future if we knew the name of the dud ADA who refused to put the citizens ahead of personal convenience, as she sounds like someone who might run for public office!

  2. OK, at the risk of seeming like a serial commenter, I need to say something about the victim’s practices. It’s an argument I’ve had with my wife a few times. OK, quite a few times.

    Your car is not a secure storage facility. Don’t leave valuables in your car. I know two women who have had purses stolen from the “security” of their car trunks. My wife still thinks it’s safe to leave a purse in the trunk. Laptop computers. Anything with identifying info. Oh, and do not set your GPS “Home” setting to your home! Car thieves have stolen cars, used the GPS to go to the victim’s home, then entered with the garage door opener. I set my GPS home to the police department. I also have a secondary remote that turns the power on/off to the garage door opener.

    When I go to the range, it’s a round trip or it’s one where I can take the bag out of my car at the other stop(s). I don’t have an NRA sticker on my back window. Nothing about me or my car says “gun”. My insurance card is in my wallet, not my glove compartment. If someone steals my car, that and my Garmin GPS is all they get, and the Garmin does not have any family addresses in it.

    Finally, Liberty Safe has the best warranty in the business.

  3. OK. One more. Devon Anderson. Look at her resume and career. She considers drug criminals to be victims of their addictions. She managed to get a district judge job which she failed and went back to private practice where her clients were criminals who don’t pay their lawyers. So now she’s back on the taxpayers’ payroll. Does she care about ruthless, violent career criminals being taken off the street? Not so much. But she did go on TV talking about her new mechanism for reporting animal cruelty. Sounds like she’s thinking of elected office again. What a team she and Sheila Jackson Lee would be, both blaming society for criminal behavior (except that SJL probably can’t spell behavior!)

  4. A royal case of blistering RedAss.
    Lets not go after real criminals and prosecute them.
    The next words out of this buffoons backside will be a call for more gun control.

    On the slow and in the story it was mentioned that in other cases with these Turds that witnesses went missing. I have considered this several times and would love to hear the thoughts from someone like Jason. Lets say these turds are part of a larger crime group and a homeowner happened upon them in his home and shot them. Is there typically retribution from the turds co-turds for the loss of their fellow turd?

  5. I hate to say this but the previous DA also had intake ADA’s that would try the case on the phone. They don’t want to take politically sensitive or possibly unpopular cases without “further investigation”. They are just weak.

  6. Jeff,

    Your friend does NOT have to accept the decision of the ADA. I hope they have the ADA’s name, but if not it’s not crucial. Have them call the public complaint line for the HCADA’s office. Tell them you would like the case reviewed and a written answer from the DA on the decision.

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