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Texas Attorney General’s Units Busy Keeping Texas Safe – Part 2

 

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FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT Continued

In Ellis County, Damian Cloud Corbin was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for injury to a child/elderly/disabled with intent to cause bodily injury.  Ellis County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Donovan Pollard was arrested on September 6 on outstanding warrants for three counts of possession of child pornography.  Pollard also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

In Galveston County, Matthew Yargee was arrested on August 31 on an outstanding warrant for assault causing bodily injury and family violence.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Bryce Hynson, a confirmed Westside Bloods gang member, was arrested on August 31 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring new charges. Hynson also had outstanding warrants for prohibited substances and items in a correctional or civil commitment facility.  Hynson was previously convicted for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 4 years in prison.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, James Robert Kelly was arrested on August 31 for an outstanding warrant for trademark counterfeiting >=$30,000<$150,000.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Deion Richardson was arrested on August 29 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Harris County, Landon Lee Park was arrested on September 7 on outstanding warrants for false statements during purchase of firearms and aiding and abetting false statements during the purchase of firearms.  This arrest was made with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), United States Marshals Service in Houston and Galveston, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.

In Harris County, Robert Edward Martin was arrested on September 2 for failure to maintain sex offender registration requirements and a corresponding warrant for failure to comply as a sex offender.  Martin had previously been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

In Harris County, Eric Wayne Votaw was arrested on September 1 for violating the terms of his parole.  Votaw was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In Harris County, Gerald Brooks was arrested on August 30 for failing to comply with mandated sex offender registration requirements.  Brooks was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 10 years of probation as well as indecency with a child by contact, and he was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

In Harris County, Darrell Wayne Broussard Jr., a confirmed 44 Acres Homes gang member, was arrested on August 29 on outstanding warrants for unlawful carrying of a weapon with felony conviction and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.  Broussard also had warrants for two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, fraudulent use of identifying information, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Kerr County, May Vang was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of her parole by failing to self-surrender.  Vang was previously convicted of dangerous drugs and sentenced to an undetermined number of years in prison.

In Llano County, Reyes Garcia, Jr. was arrested on August 24 after violating the terms of his parole by incurring monitor violations.  Garcia was previously convicted for assault of a public servant and sentenced to 5 years of probation.  After his probation was revoked, Garcia was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

In Smith County, Byron Demon Tilley was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, Douglas Lashun Pryor was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, David Lloyd Stanley was arrested on August 30 on an outstanding warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, Jesus Flores, Jr., a confirmed Texas Syndicate gang member, was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring new charges and failing a urinalysis.  Flores also had outstanding warrants for escaping while arrested or confined.  Flores was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  The arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and with the aid of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Smith County, Molly Leanne Cole was arrested on August 24 on an outstanding warrant for manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance.  The arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Tyler Police Department and with the help of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Tarrant County, David Grant Krug was arrested on September 6 on an outstanding warrant for online solicitation of a minor.

In Wood County, Victor Enrique Garza was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of his parole by failing a urinalysis.  Garza also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a habitation.  Garza was previously convicted of burglary of a habitation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  This arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Smith County Sherriff’s Office and with the aid of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

Texas Attorney General’s Units Busy Keeping Texas Safe – Part 1

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CHILD EXPLOITATION UNIT

In Bastrop County, David Michael Vocal was arrested on August 24 for one count of possession of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Vocal’s residence, where he was located and arrested. Investigators seized multiple digital media devices to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit.  Vocal admitted ownership of the accounts and the existence of contraband material on his tablet and cell phone when being interviewed by investigators.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to a DropBox account.

In Bexar County, Dost Mohammed Mohammed Omar was arrested on September 1 for one count of promotion of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators also executed a search warrant at Omar’s residence where numerous electronic devices were seized and will be examined.  The case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Bexar County, Mark Daniel Malow, was arrested on August 31 on one count of possession of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Mallow’s residence, where Mallow was located and arrested.  Mallow was interviewed and admitted to sending/receiving images of child pornography using his Snapchat account and also admitted to collecting child pornography for the past three years.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Coryell County, Christopher Mastin was sentenced on September 7 after entering a plea of guilty to ten counts of possession with the intent to promote child pornography. Mastin was sentenced to 20 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on count 1, and 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on counts 2 through 10. Count 1 and counts 2 through 10 are to run consecutively.  This investigation resulted from a NCEMC CyberTipline referral.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT

In Bexar County, Lavonte Oneal Parker was served an arrest warrant on one count of human trafficking on September 2, after the case was referred from the Dallas Police Department.  The case involved a minor female who had been trafficked by three different individuals over a 30-day period.  OAG Human Trafficking investigators served the arrest warrant at the Bexar County Jail, where Parker is currently incarcerated on unrelated felony charges.

In Bexar County, Shiron Walter Hughes was arrested on one count of human trafficking on September 1, after the case was referred from the Dallas Police Department.  The case involved a minor female who was transported from San Antonio to Dallas by traffickers. The OAG Fugitive Apprehension Unit executed the arrest.  Bond is currently set for $200,000.

MEDICAID FRAUD CONTROL UNIT

In Dallas County, Slade Christopher Brown was sentenced on August 25 for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Brown was sentenced to 48 months incarceration, to be followed by three years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $703,942 to Medicaid and $11,170,891 to Medicare.  In November 2018, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  This was a joint strike force case to include both the FBI and HHS-OIG and was prosecuted by AUSA Donna Max of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas.

FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT

In Bexar County, John Gamez, a confirmed Mexican Mafia gang member, was arrested on September 7 for a supervised release violation related to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with the arrest.

In Bexar County, Jacob Carrizales was arrested on September 6 on an outstanding warrant for violating the terms of his parole.  Carrizales was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 5 years of probation in 2022.

In Bexar County, Sergio Garcia, a confirmed Oak Cliff Town gang member, was arrested on August 31 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring a misdemeanor assault charge.  Garcia was previously convicted of aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation, and manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In Bexar County, Justin Sayers was arrested on August 31 for an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation.  Sayers was previously convicted for possession of child pornography and sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 240 months of supervised release.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with this arrest.

In Bexar County, Jaclyne Santibanez was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of her parole by using narcotics and not abiding by residency restrictions.  Santibanez was previously convicted for assault of a family/household member with previous conviction and sentenced to 5 years probation.  Probation was revoked in 2020 and Santibanex was then sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In Brazoria County, Randy Harrod was arrested on August 30 on an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation relating to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Caldwell County, Arthur Ortiz was arrested on September 7 for violating the terms of his parole by failing to report.  Ortiz was previously convicted for sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 6 years in prison.  Additionally, Ortiz was on parole for two counts of assault of a family or household member with previous conviction and assault family violence with previous conviction.

In Dallas County, Christopher Lawrence Kirbie, a confirmed Aryan Brotherhood gang member, was arrested on August 30 for outstanding warrants for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.  Kirbie also had outstanding arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, along with the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas Police Department assisted with the arrest.

In Dallas County, Kayla Justil Myers was arrested on August 30 for an outstanding warrant for possession of a stolen firearm and harboring a fugitive from justice.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force along with the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas Police Department assisted with the arrest.

In Dallas County, Johnny Jennings was arrested on August 30 for violating his parole. Jennings was previously convicted of manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, intoxicated assault, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  This arrest was in response to a Crime Stopper referral.

CHILDREN LEFT IN VEHICLE ON 101 DEGREE DAY

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#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Mother arrested after children found unresponsive in hot car parked at Walmart

#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters   #HeatStrokeKills   #LookBeforeYouLock

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  –  The Oklahoma City Police Department says a metro mother was arrested on 2 charges of child neglect Sunday afternoon after her children were found unconscious in the backseat of a hot car parked at a local Walmart.

According to the incident report, 39-year-old Elizabeta Babb was arrested at the Walmart Supercenter near I-240 and Santa Fe Ave. after her two 2-year-olds were rescued from a hot vehicle in the parking lot.

Police say Walmart security footage shows Babb entered the store with one of the children at 2:22 p.m. before walking back out with the child at 2:28 p.m., deposits the child back in the car and walks back into the store.

While Babb is inside the store, a witness outside crawled through the open sunroof to unlock the car and retrieve the unresponsive children.

According to the report, when roused, one child began crying while the other remained lethargic.

A Walmart security officer put the children into her security vehicle with the air conditioning running.

That security officer told officers the car was hot to the touch and even burned her while she attempted to retrieve the children.

Meanwhile, security officials inside the store were repeating the vehicle’s tag number over the intercom in efforts to have the vehicle owner walk out, but no one did.

At 2:57 p.m., Babb is seen leaving self-checkout and walking outside where her children were being examined by medics.

“When confronted, Babb stated she was only in the store about five minutes,” said the reporting officer.

DHS and OKCPD determined Babb should be arrested on scene during their investigation.

The children’s father and grandmother were contacted to take the children from the scene after their medical evaluation.

Babb now faces two counts of Child Neglect. 

BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A GOOD FAMILY

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There is something BAD wrong when any Child fears their Parents.

Building a Good Family

There are basic qualities and values needed to have and maintain a good family.

These qualities and values are:

  • Love
  • Honor, always truth and loyalty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Kindness
  • Communication
  • Consideration
  • Duty
  • Responsibility
The Future of this world

Children are the future of this world.  As a good parent it is your responsibility to teach your children from birth, the above qualities and values, as these are handed down from generation-to-generation, and prepares them to be good family members, good friends, good neighbors, good employees, good leaders, and good citizens.

Good caring parents teach by example, always remembering that genuine praise, guidance, and understanding are the mark of a good parent.  As your child grows, regular family quality time strengthens trust and mutual respect, forging a stronger family bond, where communication grows easier, and good memories are more easily made.

Maintaining A Good Family

The five “L’s” of a good, strong, family:

1 – Love is at the heart of the family.  All humans have the need to love and to be loved; the family is normally the place where love is expressed.  Love is the close personal blending of physical and mental togetherness.  It includes privacy, intimacy, sharing, belonging, and caring.  The atmosphere of real love is one of honesty, understanding, patience, and forgiveness.  Such love does not happen automatically; it requires constant daily effort by each family member.  Loving families share activities and express a great deal of gratitude for one another.  Love takes time, affection, and a positive attitude.

2 – Learning – Families are where we learn values, skills, and behavior.  Strong families manage and control their learning experiences.  They establish a pattern of home life. They select appropriate television programs.  They guide their children into the world outside the home.  They do not let social forces rule their family life.  They involve themselves in neighborhood, school, government, church, and business in ways that support their family values.  Strong families teach by example and learn through experience as they explain and execute their values.

3 – Loyalty – Strong families have a sense of loyalty and devotion toward family members. The family sticks together.  They stand by each other during times of trouble.  They stand up for each other when attacked by someone outside the family.  Loyalty builds through sickness and health, want and good fortune, failure and success, and all the things the family faces.  The family is a place of shelter for individual family members.  In times of personal success or defeat, the family becomes a cheering section or a mourning bench. They also learn a sense of give and take in the family, which helps prepare them for the necessary negotiations in other relationships.

4 – Laughter is good family medicine.  Humor is an escape valve for family tension. Through laughter we learn to see ourselves honestly and objectively.  Building a strong family is serious business, but if taken too seriously, family life can become very tense. Laughter balances our efforts and gives us a realistic view of things.  To be helpful, family laughter must be positive in nature.  Laughing together builds up a family.  Laughing at each other divides a family.  Families that learn to use laughter in a positive way can release tensions, gain a clearer view, and bond relationships.

5 – Leadership is essential.  Family members, usually the adults, must assume responsibility for leading the family.  If no one accepts this vital role, the family will weaken.  Each family needs its own special set of rules and guidelines.  These rules are based on the family members’ greatest understanding of one another.  The guidelines pass along from the adults to the children by example, with firmness and fairness.  Strong families can work together to establish their way of life, allowing children to have a voice in decision making and enforcing rules.  However, in the initial stages and in times of crisis, adult family members must get the family to work together.

MISSING WOMAN FOUND AFTER OVER 40 YEARS

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAttorney General Paxton’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit Locates Woman who has Been Missing for Over 40 years, Shortly After Creating the Unit

AUSTIN, TX  –  In 1981, two deceased individuals, who were the apparent victims of a homicide, were discovered in a wooded area in Houston, Texas, and their identities could not be determined at that time.  In 2021, Identifinders International, through the use of genetic genealogy, was able to positively identify the bodies that were found in 1981 as Florida couple Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr.  The couple had an infant daughter named Holly who was not found with the remains of the Clouses.

The Linn and Clouse families have been searching for answers concerning the welfare of the Clouses and their daughter, Holly, since they were last heard from in 1980.  Last year, when the families learned that the two bodies found in Houston in 1981 were, in fact, Tina and Dean Clouse, the families began looking for answers as to what happened to Baby Holly and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Clouses.

Baby Holly has been located alive and well and is now 42 years of age.  Holly has been notified of the identities of her biological parents and has been in contact with her extended biological family and they hope to meet in person soon.

I am extremely proud of the exceptional work done by my office’s newly formed Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit.  My office diligently worked across state lines to uncover the mystery surrounding Holly’s disappearance.  We were successful in our efforts to locate her and reunite her with her biological family.”  Attorney General Paxton said.

Through the collaborative efforts of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, the Lewisville Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  This investigation highlights the hard work and collaboration of multiple law enforcement divisions across the country and demonstrates the importance of working cold case and missing persons investigations.

“At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, we know that with advancements in technology and the hard work and dedication of law enforcement, we can get answers, even after four decades,” said John Bischoff, vice president of the Missing Children Division at NCMEC.  “We are thrilled that Holly will now have the chance to connect with her biological family who has been searching for her for so long. We hope that this is source of encouragement for other families who have missing loved ones and reminds us all to never give up.  NCMEC applauds the collaborative effort of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, the Lewisville Police Department and all the assisting agencies who came together to make today’s news possible.”

“Finding Holly is a birthday present from heaven since we found her on Junior’s birthday.  I prayed for more than 40 years for answers and the Lord has revealed some of it… we have found Holly.”

“Thank you to all of the investigators for working so hard to find Holly.  I prayed for them day after day and that they would find Holly and she would be alright.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Mindy Montford.  We will be forever grateful,” said Donna Casasanta (Holly’s grandmother).

“It was so exciting to see Holly.  I was so happy to meet her for the first time.  It is such a blessing to be reassured that she is alright and has had a good life.  The whole family slept well last night.  The Hope for Holly Project was a success thanks to Mindy and her team,” said Cheryl Clouse (Holly’s aunt).

“After finally being able to reunite with Holly, I dreamed about her and my sister, Tina last night.  In my dream, Tina was laying on the floor rolling around and laughing and playing with Holly like I saw them do many times before when they lived with me prior to moving to Texas.  I believe Tina’s finally resting in peace knowing Holly is reuniting with her family. I personally am so relieved to know Holly is alive and well and was well cared for, but also torn up by it all. That baby was her life,” said Sherry Linn Green (Holly’s aunt).

“The very first thing that ran through my head when we heard Holly was found was the call that I got eight months ago from Allison about my sister’s death.  The juxtaposition of that call with Holly’s sudden discovery just popped into my head.  To go from hoping to find her to suddenly meeting her less than 8 months later – how miraculous is that?  All of the detectives involved ..They all expressed such fortitude to get to the bottom of this case..  They have the Linn family’s complete support,” said Les Linn (Holly’s uncle).

The investigation into the murders of Holly’s biological parents, Tina and Dean Clouse, is ongoing and, if anyone has information about their deaths, please contact the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at coldcaseunit@oag.texas.gov .