HOUSTON—One person has been arrested after a report of suspicious activity at a northwest Harris grocery store. Authorities are still searching for one other suspect.
Captain T. Shelton with the Harris County Sheriff’s office sent out a tweet on early Tuesday morning. In his tweet, he said that deputies responded to reports of a suspicious person in the 6800 block of Fry.
The witnesses who used cellphones to report the crime say that they saw two men standing near a hole in the back of a La Michoacana Meat Market.
While deputies were able to detain one of the men, the other one made a quick getaway. They found burglary tools and a pistol on the man they detained.
While the suspect’s name has not been released, he was arrested. We don’t yet know what he and the other suspect were trying to steal from the store.
District 4 Night Shift responded to a suspicious person call at 6845 Fry Rd. Two males were observed by a hole in the back wall. One male was detained and found to have burglary tools and a gun on him. The other male fled the scene and was not found. Charges were filed. pic.twitter.com/9lB61n8aBX
— Captain T. Shelton (@HCSO_D4Patrol) March 31, 2020
ABC News reports that a stabbing that took place on March 14 at a Sam’s Club in Midland was a hate crime.
The report from ABC News states, “there has already been a surge in reports of hate crimes and lists a series of incidents from Los Angeles to New York to Texas.”
“The document detailed a March 14 incident in Midland, Texas, in which ‘three Asian American family members, including a 2-year-old and 6-year-old, were stabbed.”
“The suspect indicated that he stabbed the family because he thought the family was Chinese, and infecting people with the coronavirus.”
As a result, on March 17, 19-year-old Jose L. Gomez III was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of attempted capital murder.
The judge charged him with a $300,000 bond for each count and a $100,000 bond for the deadly weapon count. Gomez allegedly admitted that he tried to kill the family.
ABC News also reported that federal law enforcement is warning about an increase in Asian American hate crimes as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
“The FBI assesses hate crime incidents against Asian Americans likely will surge across the United States, due to the spread of coronavirus disease, endangering Asian American communities,” read the intelligence report.