HCSO and HPD Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Fraud Suspect

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a fraud suspect who has been preying upon Hispanics. In at least three of the cases, the suspect offered to help the victims post bond for relatives, but after taking the victim’s money, he disappeared without posting the bond. In other cases, he took the victims’ money after claiming he could get them cheaper bus tickets or could help them take care of traffic tickets. In all of the cases, the suspect targets Hispanic victims who do not speak English well, if at all, and in most of the cases, he takes the victim’s identification. Previously, the suspect has been seen in the area of the Sheriff’s Office’s Bonding Office at 49 San Jacinto, and information has been posted in that office to alert the public.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s, 5’6” – 5’7”, 160 – 180 pounds, with black hair. He usually wears a light colored dress shirt, dark dress pants, and carries a briefcase or satchel. Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call Sgt. Brasher, HPD Major Offenders, at 713-308-3140, or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.