Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen is asking Heights residents to watch out for dirt bikes buzzing up and down neighborhood streets.
The constable’s office said in a Nov. 4 email to residents that it had received several complaints about people riding dirt bikes in the area, and that the drivers are suspected of being engaged in criminal activity.
“Our preliminary investigation is revealing that these individuals are believed to be using the dirt bikes to transport, sell and deliver narcotics within the Heights area from Yale (Street) to (Loop) 610 into the I-10 area,” the email said. “These individuals are mostly traveling side streets from Airline (Drive) to I-10. We also suspect these individuals are using the dirt bikes to quickly steal packages in the Heights community.”
The constable’s office said its deputies temporarily pursued a dirt bike driver who was suspected of stealing packages on Nov. 3, alleging that the driver failed to stop at stop signs. Deputies later saw the driver at the intersection of West 8th Street and Lawrence Street, pursued him with the use of canines and detained him, according to the constable’s office, which said the suspect had “multiple weapons and narcotics in his custody.”
The suspect was unnamed in the email, but a constable’s office spokesperson identified him Tuesday as 22-year-old Ari Wilson, who has a Heights address, according to Harris County court documents. Court records show Wilson has been charged with felony evading arrest, but no other crimes, and is out of jail on bond.
“Based on the information we are gathering, we are asking for the residents of the Heights to report any dirt bike activity in their area,” the constable’s office said in its email. “Please call the constable’s office so our deputies can respond and investigate. Please give the dispatcher a physical description of the rider and dirt bike in addition to the location and last known direction of travel. You can reach out dispatch at 713-755-7628 or you can send an anonymous tip to https://pct1constable.net/tips/.”