Charges have been
filed against two suspects, one arrested and one at-large, following an
investigation into fraudulent activity known as the "wobbly wheel"
Both suspects are charged with arson and endangering a child in the 185th State
District Court. One suspect, Speed Lorenzo Thompson (w/m, 24), has been
arrested. The second suspect, Guliano Christopher Thomson (w/m, 31), is
not in custody. Though the males have different last name spellings, they
are brothers. Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this
Both men erroneously advise victims that one of their vehicle's wheels is loose
or damaged and then force the victim to pay for a repair. They also
state the wheel is on fire or is smoking to get the driver's attention.
The scam begins when the suspects approach the victim in a parking lot or
attempt to motion the citizen over while driving. In most cases, the
suspects represent themselves as mechanics and offer to address the issue
for the victim. One suspect then pretends to fix the victim's tire while
other suspects distract the victim(s). More recently, a suspect has
been known to set the tire's wheel well on fire with a lighter to show the car
owner the tire is smoking and there is melted plastic. The suspect then
pressures the victim into payment for repairs.
Investigators believe there are more victims and are asking anyone who may have
had contact with Speed Thompson or Guliano Thomson to contact the HPD Major
Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at