61 Arrested in latest wave of prostitution sting operations

Forty eight men tried to buy sex, not realizing the women they had approached along the street were undercover HCSO deputies. 


Nine women tried to sell their bodies, not realizing the men they had approached along the street were undercover HCSO deputies, too. 

All were arrested and charged with prostitution in the last eight days in the latest HCSO sting operation against prostitution. 

Four other people encountered in the operation were arrested on charges ranging from drug possession to driving without a license. 

One of the men arrested for soliticing sex in exchange for money was on parole for aggravated sexual assault. He tried to escape by car and was captured after a brief chase. 

The Precinct 3 and 4 constable's offices joined the operation. One of the solicitation charges was brought against a Precinct 4 deputy, as previously announced by that agency. That officer, who was not part of the sting operation, was wearing his uniform trousers when he was handcuffed and sent to jail. 

Names and some of the mugshots of the 61 were not available today. They are planned for release Monday. 

The streetside operation took place near I-45 and FM 1960, Aldine Bender Road and U.S. 59 and I-10 at Freeport. 

The stings were conducted as part of a national effort to fight prostitution in the days leading up to the Super Bowlon Sunday, which is among huge gatherings that often attract the illegal industry. 

"News flash to those who think prostitution is a victimless crime: It’s a greedy industry that thrives on forced labor, drug addiction and sometimes even illegal imprisonment," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "Many of the reformed prostitutes who came through the Harris County Jail tell us that working the streets led them to using illegal drugs; others tell us they used illegal drugs and turned to prostitution to finance their illicit addictions. 

"So stopping prostitution stops other crimes and emancipates victims. It also fights back against sex slavery and other forms of human trafficking." 


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Houston, TX 77002

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Sheriff's Office urges uninjured travelers in certain minor traffic accidents to exchange information without calling 911

Especially on potentially hazardous weather days such as Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Harris County Sheriff's Office urges uninjured drivers and passengers whose vehicles can still be operated to exchange driver's license and insurance information and file a report later with the HCSO, if necessary. 


Collisions in which people are injured and/or a vehicle blocks a roadway, and cannot be driven, require a call to 911. The same applies to accidents in which a driver lacks a driver's license or insurance. 

Sheriff's deputies will respond to all 911 calls involving traffic accidents. But limiting the number of 911 calls to emergency situations will lessen hazards for the public and your crimefighters, and allow them to devote time to life-threatening situations. 

Also, deputies called to an accident scene without injury or roadway blockage on Tuesday will issue forms for motorists to file later. The forms include instructions on where to mail the documents. 

HCSO patrol commanders are positioning personnel and equipment to lessen danegrs to the public on Tuesday. To those who must get out on the roads, please proceed with extra caution. 

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iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time. 

For more information please visit www.iWatchHarrisCounty.com

We watch Harris County and so should you.

Address/Location
Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1 
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000 

HCSO Investigating Houston Police Involved Shooting in North Harris County

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide unit is investigating the fatal shooting of an aggravated robbery suspect by Houston Police officers, after the suspect led them on a chase that ended in north Harris County. 

Deputies responded to the 300 block of Abney Drive and Greenspoint Drive around 7:30 pm, Thursday, January 23, 2014. 

HCSO Investigators learned that the male suspect was driving a late model Nissan Avalon that had been stolen earlier that evening in a carjacking on Greens Road. The responding officers spotted the vehicle and gave chase. 

The suspect crashed his vehicle at the intersection and while running from the vehicle, he fired several shots at the officers. Officers shot back. The suspect then ran between a public easement and backyards. 

Other responding officers quickly began searching for the suspect. Officers encountered the suspect in a backyard, and the suspect again fired his weapon at officers. Two Houston Police officers discharged their weapons, striking and killing the suspect. 

The suspect, who remains unidentified at this time, may also be linked to an earlier aggravated robbery of a store on Aldine Bender and Imperial Valley. 
The Houston Police officers sustained no injuries in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect.

Address/Location
Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1 
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000