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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 2002 murder ofDennis Matlock and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible, if the tip is received before next month’s featured case is announced.

 

On Jan. 16, 2002, Dennis Matlock was found deceased in his residence in Reklaw, a small town near Rusk in Cherokee County. An autopsy revealed Dennis died from a combination of injuries, including blunt force and stab wounds. Matlock, 44, was a long-time resident of Cherokee County and is survived by his mother, as well as extended family in the Cherokee County area.  No arrests have been made. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating.

 

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).  All tips are anonymous.

Jason Froyd
Crime Stoppers and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigator’s need the public’s help identifying the suspect responsible for a Hit and Run-Failure to Stop and Render Aid, in Harris County, Texas.


On July 1, 2017, Harris County Deputies responded to an Auto/Pedestrian accident located in the 34000 block of US 290. The victim was standing outside of the vehicle of another crash, attempting to slow down traffic, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound in the left lane of traffic. The vehicle that struck the victim left the scene without rendering aid. 

The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a 2012 to 2017, silver Toyota Camry, or a Toyota Corolla.

The victim: Jason Froyd is currently in a coma and is possibly paralyzed.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

HCSO Case #HC-170105231 Hit and Run/FSRA

​On July 12, 2017 a Montgomery County jury found defendant Jeremy Miller, 34, guilty of the 3rd degree felony offense Retaliation Against a Public Servant, at the conclusion of a two-day trial in the 359th District Court, with Judge Kathleen Hamilton presiding.  On Wednesday, Judge Hamilton sentenced Miller to 15 years in prison after hearing evidence of his lengthy criminal history and additional aggravating conduct.  

The jury heard evidence that on October 4, 2016, Miller was arrested in Conroe for Public Intoxication. During the arrest, Miller told the officers “I will kill” and repeated threats that he intended to kill motorists by placing objects in the road way. On the way to the jail, his threats escalated against the officer when he threated to kill her and rape her children in front of her.  

Assistant District Attorney Bradlee Thornton presented evidence that in February of 2017, Miller had posted the same threats against the officer on his Facebook page. The Jury returned a guilty verdict against Jeremy Miller after only 6 minutes of deliberations. 

During the punishment phase of trial, Thornton also presented evidence that Jeremy Miller had been convicted twice of attempted retaliation along with numerous assaults and other violent offenses. Miller had also been previously sentenced to 5 years in prison for an Assault Family Violence with previous convictions.
Prosecutor Bradlee Thornton: “A police officer’s job is difficult enough as it is.  No officer should have to undergo repeated threats to themselves or their family for simply doing the job they were sworn to do.  This defendant’s conduct is exactly why we have laws protecting police officers from threats and retaliation.”  

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the assault of a woman at 10100 South Gessner about 11:20 p.m. on Monday (July 10).  

The suspects, Jasmine Thomas (b/f, 27) and Regina Banks (b/f, 46), are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 208th State District Court.  

Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

The victim, Tonita Brooks, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.  

HPD Major Assaults Unit Sergeant J. Dodson and Officers A. Ferrell and Ana Hernandez reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to an assault call at the above address and found HFD paramedics providing medical assistance to Ms. Brooks.  An initial investigation determined she had been struck with a hammer.  Brooks was then transported to the hospital.  

Further investigation determined two female suspects (Banks and Thomas) got into an argument with Brook and then assaulted her.  Brooks’ mother witnessed the assault and, armed with a hammer, went to help her daughter.  The suspects managed to disarm the mother and struck Brooks with the hammer several times.  Both suspects were detained at the scene and subsequently charged.  



The following is a rundown of the “Top Ten” makes of vehicles reported as stolen to the Houston Police Department during the month of June 2017. 
  1. Chevrolet Trucks
  2. Ford Trucks
  3. Dodge Trucks
  4. GMC Trucks
  5. Chevrolet Cars
  6. Honda Cars
  7. Toyota Cars
  8. Ford Cars
  9. Toyota Trucks
  10. Dodge Cars

Houston police are awaiting autopsy results on skeletal remains found at 6110 Bowling Green at about 2:30 p.m. last Friday (July 7).  

The individual’s gender, identity and cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Homicide Division Officer D. Crowder reported:  

Inspectors at a property at the above address discovered a human skeleton inside the residence.  According to area residents, a homeless male, who possibly suffered from medical issues, would periodically enter the vacant house.  A this time, it is unclear if this is the person whose remains were discovered on Friday.  

There were no immediate signs of foul play.  


Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 
713-308-3600.  

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the stabbing of a man that occurred at 3918 Englewood Street  about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (July 8).  

The suspect, Mario Sinclair, Jr. (b/m, 35), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member in the 177th State District Court.  

A photo of suspect Sinclair is attached to this news release.  

HPD Major Assaults Unit Officers J. Roberts, A. Ferrell and A. Hernandez reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a stabbing call at the above address and found Mr. Peterson and Sinclair were no longer at the scene.  Further investigation determined Peterson and Sinclair, who were in a dating relationship, had gotten into an argument which turned into a physical fight.  At some point, Sinclair stabbed Peterson, who then drove to another location where he called 9-1-1.  HFD paramedics responded to that location and transported Peterson to Ben Taub General Hospital to be treated.  Sinclair was later located at his residence in the 4400 block of New Orleans and was taken into custody without incident.  


Charges have been filed against two suspects in the death of a man found at 12100 Murr Way about 5:45 p.m. on March 23.

The suspects, Manuel Antonio Rivas (H/m, 21) and Isaiah Nealy (b/m, 20), are charged with capital murder in the 263rd State District Court. Both are accused in the death of Jedediah Humphreys, 20 of Houston. Mr. Humphreys suffered gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Dykens and J. Fay reported:

A juvenile was walking home from school through an open field near a park when he smelled a foul odor and saw dirty clothing. The juvenile continued home, called 9-1-1, and led officers to the site. Officers found the body of a man, later determined to be Humphreys, in advanced decomposition.

A preliminary investigation determined Humphreys met with two male suspects to conduct a narcotics transaction. He was robbed at gunpoint and then fatally shot while inside the suspects’ vehicle. Humphreys was then driven to the above location where his body was left in a heavily wooded area behind a public park.

Further investigation identified Rivas and Nealey, who were in the Harris County Jail on unrelated charges, as suspects in this case and on Thursday (July 6), both were subsequently charged.

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 jurors in the 435th District Court of Montgomery County, Texas (Judge Patty Maginnis presiding) found Defendant Michael Allen Martz, 62, guilty of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More, a third degree felony. On Thursday July 6, 2017, Judge Patty Maginnis sentenced him to Life in prison.  ADA Brittany Litaker prosecuted the case.
At trial, Litaker presented evidence that on September 26, 2016, Martz drove his truck to Kroger in Porter, Texas and almost struck a woman that was driving down the road with her children in the car.  Concerned, the woman called the police.  She was able to describe the truck, the license plate, and Martz who drove recklessly around the parking lot before going into the store.  Trooper Benjamin Polansky and Trooper Bruno Miauro with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrived on scene and located Martz buying alcohol inside.  Martz was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol, and failed field sobriety tests.  Martz gave a voluntary sample of his blood revealing that he had alcohol, Marijuana, Xanax, Hydrocodone, and Soma in his system.
At the punishment hearing, Judge Patty Maginnis heard evidence that Martz was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of Driving While Intoxicated on July 21, 1987.  Martz was sentenced to 3 years in prison for two felony counts Driving While Intoxicated in 1989.  On October 4, 1990, Martz was sentenced to 4 years in prison for another felony Driving While Intoxicated in Harris County, Texas.  Martz was sentenced to another 3 years in prison on March 10, 1995 for Driving While Intoxicated.  On January 23, 2001, Martz was handed a 15 year prison sentence for another Driving While Intoxicated.  He finished his parole shortly before committing this offense.  Since Martz had at least two prison trips, he is a habitual offender, making his minimum punishment 25 years in prison.
After 5 felony Driving While Intoxicated cases, and 4 trips to prison, it became clear that this Defendant was never going to learn his lesson.  At this point, the safety of the community is paramount and we are very pleased with the jury’s verdict and sentence given by Judge Maginnis after hearing about a substantial amount of punishment evidence. We want to thank Trooper Polansky and Miauro as well as Sergeant Michael Dean with Conroe Police Department, who testified as a drug recognition expert at the trial.  Also, special thanks to Lieutenant Steven Romero with Harris County Constable Precinct 4, Investigator Terry Kuepner with Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and Senior Officer Erik Termeulen with Houston Police Department – Narcotics Division for their willingness to testify during the punishment phase of the trial and their continued dedication to ensuring the safety of others. 
Prosecutor Brittany Litaker: “Once again, a jury demonstrated that this type of conduct will not be tolerated on Montgomery County roadways.  This defendant had been given multiple opportunities to get his life back on track.  Again, it was his selfish decisions to drive will intoxicated that sealed his fate, this time costing him a life sentence.”  

A Harris County jury has sentenced Sherrick Washington, 27 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the beating death of his then girlfriend’s 5- year-old son.

The victim, Amarie Daniels, was Washington’s girlfriend’s son.

Evidence showed that Washington threw Amarie against the wall, refrigerator and furniture, and the boy later died of his injuries.

The trail, which was held in State District Judge Denise Collins’ court, ended Thursday.

The case was prosecuted by Harris County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Werlinger.
On May 3, 2015, HCSO deputies responded to an apartment in the 200 block of Wells Fargo in north Harris County.

When deputies arrived Emergency Medical Services were treating the child who had labored breathing.

The mother and Washington, told deputies the child had suffered a head injury the previous day while playing with other children.

The boy was transported by LifeFlight to an area hospital.

While there doctors found that the child had suffered a skull fracture, along with other bruises and abrasions and fractures.

The child was pronounced deceased by doctors later that evening.
HCSO Homicide Unit began an investigation on this case.

Investigators interviewed the mother of the child, Brandi Howard, and she told investigators that she had previously lied to deputies about how the child was injured.

She told investigators that Washington had beaten the child because he was angry with Ms. Howard.

Howard, told investigators Washington punched the child in the chest and then threw him against a wall several times.

Investigators collected evidence from the apartment that was consistent with the child’s injuries, which lead them to charge Washington with capital murder under 6 years of age.

Brandi Howard was charged with injury to a child by omission, and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and 180 days in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility by a jury.

On June 26, 2017, just before 12:30 pm, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a burglary in the 6700 block of Durango Drive, Magnolia, Texas. Upon their arrival, Deputies learned that the victim, a 75 year old female, was inside her residence when she heard someone knocking at her front door. The victim did not answer the door and, a short time later, heard a crash at the back door. 

The victim went to investigate the noise and found that four white males had kicked in the door and entered her home. When the victim confronted the males they took off running. 

Prior to this burglary, numerous residents from the subdivision began talking to each other about the suspicious activity of the four white males through the social media platforms Facebook and NextDoor. 

Deputies assigned to those areas, and being actively involved in those communities’ social media forums, began quickly receiving information about the suspects including pictures and videos. This strong community relationship and rapid action enabled the Sheriff’s Office to place the media on the Montgomery 

County Sheriff’s Office Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NextDoor pages. 

Once the video and pictures of the suspects were posted for all to see, the community began providing  Sheriff’s Deputies with additional tips and surveillance videos. Due to public’s help through social media, and the dedicated work of the Deputies assigned to that area, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate, interview and subsequently arrest all four suspects responsible for the burglary. Furthermore, during the investigation, Deputies were able to recover property from one of the suspects that was linked to a burglary of a motor vehicle in another neighborhood. The case is still actively being investigated an additional charges are possible. 

Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson would like to thank the citizens from the Durango Creek and Woodlands Oaks Subdivision as well as the Deputies who, through community policing, have gotten involved in the subdivisions. It was through this partnership and the use of social media that four more criminals are behind bars.

Balogun

Human

Three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting Investigators determined a third suspect in the shooting incident is in jail on an unrelated charge.  Because he has not been charged in the Braes Valley incident at this time, his identity is not being released.


One suspect, Kravon Human (b/m, 20), is charged with capital murder in the 208th State District Court.  Another suspect, Jared Alexander Balogun (b/m, 24), is charged with capital murder in the 184th State District Court.  Both are charged for their roles in the killing of Messiah Marshall, 10 months old.  

Photos of suspects Human and Balogun are attached to this news release. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Senior Police Officer J. Roscoe reported:

A male, 22, stated he was taking out his trash and helping his infant son, Messiah, walk when three unknown black male suspects approached him.  When one of the suspects started shooting, the man grabbed his son and began running.  The child was struck.  His father flagged down an officer and paramedics were called.  Messiah was pronounced dead at the scene.    

Further investigation led to the identities of Kravon Human and Jared Balogun as two suspects in this case.  Balogun was arrested on June 19 and remains in custody in the Harris County Jail.  Human was arrested on Tuesday (June 27) without incident.