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Police investigated a motorcycle crash about 4:20 p.m. Thursday on Highway 146 northbound near Alexander Drive that resulted in at least one death. 

Life Flight responded for another person, but few details were immediately available.

 

Man shot in robbery

A man shot several times during a robbery in the 4400 block of Decker Drive was expected to survive his injuries, according to Baytown police.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve Dorris said the shooting occurred about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a business where the victim had arranged to meet someone after arranging online to sell them a phone.

When he arrived, he got out of his car and met the woman he believed was there to purchase the phone—she got out of a silver passenger car along with a male driver. The pair tried to take the phone without paying, and when the seller tried to take the phone back, Dorris said, the man pulled out a gun and fired several shots at him. The seller was flown to a Houston hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive, Dorris said. 

The shooter was described as a heavy-set Hispanic man with a black beard and short hair. The woman was described as Hispanic with a slim build and long black hair.

Man arrested on alien smuggling warrant

Police stopped a man walking near a closed business in the 300 block of Ward Road about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday and learned that he had an outstanding warrant from the U.S. Marshall’s Office for a probation violation on a charge of smuggling illegal aliens.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Baytown resident Baldomero Garcia, was arrested.

Best Buy bust

Police were called to the Best Buy store in the 4600 block of Garth Road about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday by store staff who reported several men thought to be there to steal computers. The employee reported that the suspects had stolen from several area Best Buy stores.

When police arrived, the four men were in a car in the parking lot and fled when police approached to make contact. Police pursued them north on Garth Road to Cedar Bayou Lynchburg, then west to Decker Drive.

They then went around construction barrels and across a median and made their way to Highlands by way of FM 2100 and eventually to Magnolia Street before bogging down where the paved road ends.

The driver and two passengers got out and fled and one passenger stayed in the car. 

The one who stayed in the car, 18-year-old old Adam Duarte of Houston, was quickly arrested for felony theft.

The driver, a 16-year-old from Houston, was apprehended by a police dog and charged with felony evading in a vehicle and felony theft. He was transferred to Juvenile Detention.

The other two were located in the woods with the assistance of Harris County Precinct 3 deputy constables. Both were charged with felony theft and misdemeanor evading on foot. One, 17-year-old James Gillespie of Houston, was arrested and the other, a 16-year-old from Houston was released to parents.

Attempted robbery

Residents of a home in the 300 block of Harvey Avenue reported seeing two men in their driveway about 2:50 a.m. Thursday trying to break into their vehicle and steal their four-wheeler.

They told police that when they went out to confront the suspects, and third man appeared and hit one of them on the back of the head, then all three would-be thieves fled.

The suspects were described as two white men, one wearing a black shirt and one wearing a white shirt, and one black man wearing a red hoodie.

Forgery

• A business in the 1100 block of West Baker Road reported Wednesday that a former employee forged at least two company checks with a total value of about $3,500. One check was made out to the employee and another to an associate of the employee.

Burglaries

• Cash and other property valued at more than $4,600 was reported stolen from a business in the 6900 block of Garth Road early Wednesday morning.

• Tools were reported stolen from a vehicle at a hotel in the 4900 block of Interstate 10 early Wednesday morning.

• Two handbags were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 900 block of Chad Lane Tuesday night. They were found nearby with nothing missing.

• A vehicle was reported burglarized early Wednesday morning in the 300 block of Pamela Drive.

Thefts

• A 2014 Dodge Journey was reported stolen in the 900 block of Briarcreek Drive Tuesday night.

• A debit card was reported stolen Tuesday from a residence in the 2200 block of Cedar Bayou Drive and was used to make withdrawals totaling nearly $2,000 at locations in Baytown, Highlands and Channelview.

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