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2009-05-28 / Police

Giddings Police Report

May 18, 2009

At approximately 3:37 p.m., Officer Harrison was confronted by Angie Brown in the lobby of Giddings First National Bank. Brown stated that she had a $50 bill that she believed to be a counterfeit. After reviewing the bill, they came to the conclusion that it was counterfeit. The bill was then taken to Giddings PD so it could be investigated further.

May 19, 2009

At approximately 3:37 p.m., Officer Harrison met Dorothey Gerdes in the lobby of the police department. Gerdes wanted to report that she and her mother had been called by someone asking for money. Gerdes stated that her mother was contacted by a man named Hharr with an area code of 876. Gerdes stated that the man then asked her mother if she had $500 that she could send. When her mother stated that she only had $100 and that was for medications, Hharr asked if she would send whatever money she had. Hharr has contacted her several times and has used different names each time. When Gerdes received this information from her mother, she researched it on the Internet to see if anyone else had come in contact with someone similar.

Gerdes found an e-mail that there is a scam that has originated in Jamaica. Other area codes that have been reported are 809 and 284. The e-mail states that they leave a message and tell you that a family member is ill, has been arrested or died , or to tell you that you have won a wonderful prize, etc. In each of these cases you are asked to call a number with the area code of 809 right away. The e-mail states that if you call from the United States that you will apparently be charged $2425 per minute. The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Gerdes stated that she contacted the owners of the Giddings Times and News and they would publish a notice in next week's edition.

May 19, 2009

At approximately 10:45 p.m., Officer Shepard observed a gray van exceeding the speed limit and initiated a traffic stop at about the 3300 block of E. Austin. After making contact with the driver, Travis Cord Jones of Houston, he detected the odor of burnt marijuana in the vehicle. At that time, Jones was taken out of the vehicle and detained. Jones advised that there was marijuana and Xanex pills in the center console that were later found. Travis Cord Jones was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of Marijuana and transported to the Lee County Jail for booking.

May 20, 2009

While on Routine patrol, Officer Ray was dispatched to the Giddings High School parking lot in reference to possible criminal mischief. Upon arrival he met with the complainant, Joanie Garza who stated that her vehicle was vandalized. It was not clear if the damage happened while the vehicle was at the school or at Garza's residence. No suspects were found.

May 21, 2009

At approximately 11:08 a.m., Detective Corporal Carvin was contacted by Navinbhai Patel in reference to credit card abuse. Patel provided Detective Carvin with a copy of his Sam's Club Discover card account statement which reported approximately $3,599 in fraudulent charges made in Florida. $2,200 of the total amount stolen was received as cash from transactions. Patel reported that he had not been to Florida and had not authorized the transactions. After reviewing all information on the bill, it was determined that the suspect(s) had obtained Patel's credit card information and possibly had another credit card issued bearing Patel's name and address, and had that card sent to an unknown address in Florida where the card was used numerous times by the suspect. Patel was advised to contact the Federal Trade Commission to report a Fraud Alert, monitor his credit report for any fraudulent activity and contact the Social Security Administration and have his account flagged for identity theft. Patel filed a dispute for the fraudulent charges. Case active at this time.

May 22, 2009

While on routine patrol, at approximately 0219 hours, Officer Ray initiated a traffic stop on a box van for defective equipment. The driver was identified as Tim Manh Doan. Giddings dispatch advised that Doan had the following outstanding warrant: Insufficient Funds check out of 14th District Judicial Court. Warrant was confirmed and subject was arrested.

May 22, 2009

At 3:25 a.m., Officer Spencer attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the 600 blk of S. Madison on a 2005 Ford 500. The driver, later identified as Felix McWilliams, lead a slow speed pursuit onto E. Galveston, S. Harris, and then onto E. Austin. The pursuit finished in the parking lot of the Executive Inn located at 3556 E. Austin where McWilliams was arrested without further incident. Officer Shane Ray and Deputy Kyle Pettijohn assisted in the pursuit and apprehension.

May 23, 2009

At approximately 8:20 a.m., Officer Harrison and Officer Connolly received a call from dispatch in reference to an assault that was occurring on S. Madison St. Upon arrival Officer Harrison spoke with Voncille Lopez who stated that Daniel Bradshaw slapped Lopez with an open hand in the left rear portion and front right portion of her head and grabbed her right arm. Lopez' right arm had visible marks, but there were no visible marks to her head. Bradshaw was then arrested for Assault Family Violence Class C and ws transported to Lee County Jail without further incident.

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