Friendswood Police Activity Report
April 10-16, 2023
Apr. 11 (1:50 p.m.) Merrill Wortham, 30, of Hitchcock, was
charged with Theft of a Firearm and had an outstanding warrant in Howard
County. A passenger, Colton Dewayne
Finnigan, 30, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance
in Penalty Group 1 and Theft of a Firearm. Wortham was stopped for a license
plate violation in the 2400 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. During the contact,
the officer observed a rifle laying across the center console. The officer had the driver exit the vehicle
and instructed the passenger to put his hands on the dash. Wortham and Finnigan
were checked for weapons on her person; several knives were found. While removing a knife from Finnigan’s boot,
the officer felt a bulge in Finnigan’s sock; it was methamphetamine. Finnigan
also had methamphetamine in his jacket. A search of the vehicle yielded three
guns; one was reported stolen in Houston in November 2022.
Apr. 16 (8:34 p.m.) Officers responded to a disturbance at
Kroger located at 3135 FM 528. A man was inside the store throwing items at a
store manager. When the officers arrived, the suspect was gone. The disturbance
began when the store manager approached the suspect and asked him to remove
stolen items from his pants. While
looking for the suspect, the officers received information that he was at the
Time Out Sports Bar. He was in the
parking lot, identified, and given a criminal trespass warning.
Apr. 10 (11:14 a.m.) A Friendswood man reported that his
identity was stolen and used to open a Synchrony credit card account. Two generators were purchased using the
fraudulently obtained credit card account at a Harbor Freight in Houston.
Apr. 10 (3:12 p.m.) A 28-year-old Friendswood man met a
woman in a chatroom on the KIK app.
After an intimate online conversation, the woman requested a nude
photo. The victim obliged and sent the
nude photo to the unknown woman. Now,
the individual is threatening to send the nude to his friends, family, and
coworkers if he does not pay $500 using Cash app. When the app blocked the
transaction, due to fraud detection, the man was instructed to go to Walmart,
purchase an Apple gift card, activate the card, and send pictures of the card
number and receipt. He made the
purchase, as instructed, now they want more money. It was the second request
for money that prompted the Friendswood man to call the police.
Apr. 11 (8:11 a.m.) A Friendswood woman reported credit card
abuse. She received her monthly
statement from Victoria’s Secrets and discovered there were two fraudulent
charges. Both charges were made at a store in Florida. Then, the victim discovered that someone
fraudulently opened a Sephora account using her personal identifying
information and filled out a Galveston County Voter Registration card changing
Apr. 12 (10:37 a.m.) A Friendswood man’s personal
identifying information was used to open a bank account and obtain a debit card
with East West Bank.
Apr. 12 (10:37 a.m.) A Friendswood woman’s AOL account was
recently hacked. The suspect began
sending emails to her accountant claiming to be a contractor working for the
victim and requested payment. The
accountant sent the suspect two payments, and the suspect was able to make a
withdrawal from the victim’s account.
Apr. 13 (3:42 p.m.) A Friendswood woman reported that she
received a phone call from a person who said they were a representative of the
United States Government and told her that she owned money. She was instructed to withdraw funds from her
bank and deposit them into Bitcoin machines at the Icebox gas station and at
HEB. She did as she was instructed. When she received a second request for money,
she became suspicious and contacted the police.
Apr. 16 (4:24 p.m.) A Friendswood man reported that he
received several pieces of mail regarding bank accounts that were opened using
his personal identifying information.
Apr. 16 (5:22 p.m.) A Friendswood man began receiving
unsolicited text messages and calls from a man demanding money in exchange for
his family’s safety. The scammer
suggested that the victim had received in-home massage services and was
requesting photographs from the massage employee. The victim denied any contact with an in-home
Apr. 15 (6:09 p.m.) Graffiti was found on the ceiling, wall,
and door of the exterior restroom at the Sonic Drive-In, 806 S. Friendswood
Drive. Surveillance videos are being
reviewed to determine who the suspect may be.
Apr. 16 (5:51 p.m.) Vandalism was reported to a storage shed
located behind Perry & Sons Market & Grille, 614 S. Friendswood Drive.
A hole was cut in the side the of shed and graffiti was left next to the hole.
Nothing was missing from inside the shed.
Apr. 13 (9:50 p.m.) A Friendswood man was assaulted at his
home in the 200 block of Skyview Terrace when his son’s ex-girlfriend’s father
showed up unannounced. The suspect allegedly walked into the victim’s backyard
and approached the back door. When the victim told the suspect to leave, the
suspect slammed the door, hitting the victim in the face and causing him to
fall backward and hit his head. The patio door was damaged during the
assault. A warrant will be filed
charging the suspect with Assault Causing Bodily Injury and a summons issued
charging the suspect with Criminal Mischief.
Apr. 14 (12:04 p.m.) Two 16-year-old Friendswood High School
students were in possession of a vaping device containing THC. Each will receive a summons to the
Friendswood Municipal Court where they will answer the charge of Possession of
Apr. 15 (8:33 a.m.) Mauricio Juarez Patino, 33, of Houston,
was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Juarez
Patino was stopped in the 1200 block of W. Parkwood Avenue for driving a
vehicle with a temporary tag that did not belong to that vehicle. A consent
search of the vehicle yielded a pipe and methamphetamine.
Apr. 16 (5:55 p.m.) Alan Louis Castillo, 40, of Rosharon,
was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3.
Castillo was driving without a license plate; he was stopped near the
intersection of W. Parkwood and Falcon Ridge Blvd. Castillo was taken into
custody for operating a vehicle without a license plate. At the jail, Castillo
was in possession of Alprazolam and a syringe.
Apr. 17 (3:43 a.m.) Jamie Herrera, 24, of Houston, was
charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Herrera
was passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle stopped in the roadway at the
intersection of S. Friendswood Drive and Clearview Avenue. When officers
arrived, they contacted Herrera, who had the strong smell of marijuana coming
from the interior of his vehicle. The officer searched Herrera’s vehicle and
Driving While Intoxicated
Apr. 15 (12:33 a.m.) Brenda Lizzete Soto, 36, was charged
with Driving While Intoxicated in the 700 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Soto was
stopped for speeding. She exhibited signs of intoxication and failed a field
Apr. 15 (9:10 p.m.) Tracey Renee Driggs, 51, of Friendswood,
was charged with Driving While Intoxicated- 3rd or more in the 200 block of E.
Edgewood Drive. Driggs was stopped for failing to signal a turn. Her driver’s
license was suspended, she exhibited signs of intoxication, and failed a field
Apr. 13 (4:51 p.m.) A 15-year-old Friendswood High School
student was charged with Terroristic Threat – Reaction Emergency Agency. Police
received a report about a threat incident after school on April 13th. The next day, interviews about the incident
were conducted and resulted in charges being accepted by the Galveston County
District Attorney’s Office. The student
was brought to the police department for booking and was soon released back to
their guardian’s custody.
Apr. 11 (12:37 a.m.) Shermon Ezel Baugh, II, 26, of Austin,
was charged with Failure to Identify-Fugitive. Baugh was found hanging around a
closed business in the 1100 block of S. Friendswood Drive. Next to where the
man was standing, the officer observed a broken window. Baugh provided a false name at first. When the officer was able to positively
identify him, he found that Baugh had outstanding warrants.
Apr. 10 (8:08 p.m.) Friendswood Police are looking for
14-year-old Gavin Boyd. He is a white
male, 5’6” tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has shaggy brown-dirty blonde hair
down to his chin and was last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. Gavin
did not go to school on April 10th and was last seen in the Heritage Park area
getting into a black vehicle at approximately 2:00 p.m. Gavin may be in the
Pasadena or Galveston area. If you have any information about Gavin’s
whereabout, contact Detective Blair, 281-996-3300.