A 15-year-old has been arrested on Criminal Mischief charges by the Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office following a crime spree over the course of more than a week in the Heights, much to the relief of some residents.
From Aug. 17-26, Precinct One deputies received at least 10 calls from property owners who discovered broken windows in their homes and on their vehicles. Some of those reports were in the 2200 block of Columbia Street and the 2000 block of Columbia Street. The damage appeared to have been caused by a “BB” type projectile targeting residential and vehicle window panes, vehicle windshields, and custom front doors with glass.
Sunset Heights resident Andy Noel and his wife were among victims of the incidents along Columbia Street, and expressed gratitude and relief now that the suspect has been apprehended.
“We’re pleased, and obviously relieved to know that we’re not going to have to deal with this stuff anymore,” he said. “They did a great job taking the information they were able to get [from security videos, etc.] and figure out how to catch this person.”
Following perusal of a nearby resident’s security camera, deputies were able to locate a snapshot of the suspect’s vehicle that was captured on security footage. While canvassing the area where the incidents occurred, investigators found a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, with BBs on the seat. Investigators later found the suspect at a local high school, where he confessed to randomly driving around and shooting at the reported homes and cars.
Investigators have filed felony charges against the suspect for Criminal Mischief. According to a spokesperson for the Precinct One Constable’s Office, the suspect can be linked to at least a dozen criminal mischief cases all around the Heights area.
“It could have been a lot worse if the police had not responded in the way that they did,” Noel said. “You could have had all this vigilante stuff going on, so it was a good outcome. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with it again.”
However, it is still possible there are other cases committed by the suspect which have not yet been reported.
If residents or their neighbors have been a victim of this particular crime and damages against personal property, they are encouraged to contact Harris County Constable Precinct One and speak to Patrol Investigator J. Bowden at 713-697-3600, option 4.