A 16-year-old male has been detained following an intensive investigation into a brutal attack on an off-duty deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on the evening of Saturday, December 10th. After the deputy was assaulted and seriously injured at a gas station in the Porter area, MCSO detectives released still photos of two males they believe were involved. One of the males could be seen wearing a distinctive shirt depicting two raised palms and the words “DON’T SHOOT.” The males quickly fled the scene in a red pickup truck which had been reported stolen in Houston the day before. Officers with the Houston Police Department subsequently located that truck on Monday. MCSO detectives have also learned the identities of two individuals believed to be involved in the attack, and warrants have been issued for their arrest.
Montgomery County Attorney J D Lambright stated, “Following the recovery of the truck and the discovery of several witnesses through Crime Stoppers, the Sheriff’s Office identified a 16-year-old male suspect and contacted our office. We assisted them in preparing a Directive to Apprehend, which is the equivalent of an arrest warrant in the juvenile system.”
Although he is prohibited by law from offering any specific remarks about the juvenile male taken into custody or the facts of the case, Lambright did note that the juvenile resides in Harris County and added, “This has been a recurring problem for Montgomery County. The I-45 and I-59 corridors serve as attractive targets for Harris County youth who want to commit a crime in the suburbs and then make a quick escape home.”
Mr. Lambright reported that his office has dealt with similar situations in multiple cases since he took office in January 2013. “In some instances we have committed those Harris County youth to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and in others we have certified them to stand trial as adults. It is our policy to send a clear, strong message that we will not tolerate this kind of conduct from any youth, regardless of where they live, and we know we must remain vigilant to prevent Montgomery County from being seen as an attractive target for criminals from neighboring jurisdictions. Protecting our residents is of paramount importance in my office, and we take that obligation very seriously.”