Anti-Crime Team receives special recognition
On Sept.19, four people robbed a UH student at
gunpoint. Within a week, the departmentís Anti-Crime Team had
identified video footage of the suspect vehicle, and within two
weeks, the team had obtained video footage of the suspects using
the victimís credit cards at local stores.
After interviewing a clerk who accepted one of the credit cards,
the team identified the first suspect. Once the team identified
the first suspect, they easily identified the remaining three,
thanks to social media accounts, the Internet, and excellent
interrogation and investigation skills.
The clerk also was arrested for knowingly accepting the victimís
stolen credit card. After identifying the suspects, the team
created a photo lineup and presented it to the victim. Within 12
days after the robbery occurred, arrest warrants were obtained
and the last of the four suspects was arrested. Collectively,
the team worked nearly 400 hours on this case.
In order for any law enforcement agency to be successful, it
must be proficient in two areas: prevention and apprehension.
Lt. Walter Lucas, Sgt. Paul Mauro, Sgt. LaTorsha Batts and
Officer Isaac Barnett clearly showed their proficiency in
apprehending the robbery suspects in such a timely manner and,
in turn, prevented further robberies from occurring.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, in recognition of their efforts, Police
Chief Ceasre Moore awarded each of them a University of Houston
Police challenge coin, which depicts the UH Police Departmentís
core values of effort and respect.