STATE REPRESENTATIVE BORRIS L. MILES FORCED TO SHOOT KNIFE THROWING HOME BURGLAR CAUGHT ATTEMPTING TO STEAL COPPER PIPING FROM HIS HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Frightening incident highlights tremendous rise in copper and metal thefts in Houston, and the need for increased and more stringent legislation to abate crime epidemic.
Houston, TX – Citing an out of control rise in copper and other metal thefts in the greater Houston area by a growing cadre of fearless and extremely dangerous thieves, Texas State Representative (District 146) Borris L. Miles regrets that his personal encounter with two such perpetrators this past Sunday, resulted in his having to use force as he shot and wounded one of the intruders who attacked the legislator with a knife.
Mr. Miles’ concerns are two-fold as he vows to look into ways to stem this growing epidemic through legislation which more stringently controls the sale and possession of these metals, and to explore some of the systemic causes within the urban community which leads to these thefts, such as depressed economic opportunity, increased drug activity and the lack of access to jobs and education.
While inspecting his home which is currently under construction in Houston’s MacGregor Park area near Texas Southern University and the University of Houston this Sunday, Mr. Miles, a first term state legislator caught the knife throwing burglar in the act of stripping pipes in his home and attempting to steal the copper pipe casings.
Because of the rising incidences of these metal related thefts in private residences, commercial properties, public facilities and houses of worship, and around Houston, the Houston City Council recently passed ordinances to address and restrict the access, sale and possession of the metals, especially copper which has been the preferred target of these thieves.
“Citizens have the constitutional right to protect their homes”, he continues, and I urge them to contact law enforcement immediately when they encounter such thefts and/or burglaries. Had I had the opportunity to do so, I certainly would have, but instead found my life being immediately threatened by a knife throwing burglar.”
Mr. Miles whose district has long suffered from the lack of economic development and job creation incentives firmly believes that this lack of opportunity for many of the residents in district 146 fuels the hopelessness and despair that manifests into the increase in criminal activity.
“It is up to us as elected officials, community leaders and activists to herald our resources, state, local, federal and others to address these issues of growing crimes which are plaguing our community.”
He concluded, “I don’t excuse or condone any form of criminal behavior, and those men who burglarized my home broke the law. All citizens of this community will continue to protect their homes and the safety of their families.”