Katy Police Department

Police Raid Katy Star Convenience Store, Seize Gambling Devices and Cash

The Katy Star convenience store at 5710 Highway Blvd. - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Officers with the Katy Police Department and the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office seized five eight-liner gambling devices, and over $100,000 in cash, following a raid of the Katy Star convenience store Wednesday night. Police said the devices and cash were part of an illegal gambling operation that took place at the store, 5710 Highway Blvd. Police said the eight-liner gambling devices were hidden behind beverage coolers in a back corner […]

Police to Request More Officers for New Substation

By George Slaughter The Katy Police Department is requesting that the city hire more police officers for a substation being built at Katy Mills Mall. Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said a public perception exists that both the mall and the nearby Typhoon Texas waterpark are not safe, and a revenue drop off—for both local businesses and the city—results from that. He cited a recent case in which police charged two suspects with aggravated […]

Katy Man Receives 25-Year Sentence

Luis Joel Aguilar – Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter A Katy man Tuesday received a 25-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery, burglary of a motor vehicle, theft, credit card abuse, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Luis Joel Aguilar, 32, received the sentence in Judge Leslie Yates’s 182nd District Court in Houston. According to Katy Police, Aguilar was a documented criminal gang member of the Houstone (Tango Blast) street gang. He had been recently released from prison when, in March […]

Katy Police Charge Two Suspects with Felony Credit Card Abuse

Jorge Luis Castillo Barrera - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Two Houston residents have been charged with felony credit/debit card abuse in connection with a diesel fuel theft last week. Katy Police arrested and charged Jorge Luis Castillo Barrera, 34, and Norma Hernandez, 34. At about 7:08 p.m. last Thursday, officers observed a gray Chevrolet pickup truck at the ConocoPhillips gas station, 5249 Franz Rd. Police said Barrera was observed pumping diesel fuel into an auxiliary fuel tank located in the open bed […]

Two Suspects Charged in Katy Robbery and Assault Case

J’Korean Keeshayn Hadnott – Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police have charged two suspects with aggravated robbery and organized retail theft following a robbery at a Katy mobile phone store last week. J’Korean Keeshayn Hadnott, 17, of Spring, and a 16-year-old juvenile, have been charged. Katy Police said video surveillance taken at approximately 2:40 p.m. on April 13 showed two suspects entering the T-Mobile store at 801 FM 1463. Surveillance showed that one forcing employees to hand over several thousand […]

Noe Diaz Becomes Katy Police Chief

Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear swears in Police Chief Noe Diaz. Mayor Chuck Brawner is on left - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz was sworn into office Monday in front of a packed Katy City Hall council chamber filled with law enforcement personnel from various agencies. Before becoming chief, Diaz was a Texas Ranger for 11 years. He began his career as a correctional officer in 1986 with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He later became a deputy constable in Harris County Precinct 5 in 1994, then joined the […]

Texas Ranger Noe Diaz Appointed Katy Police Chief

Noe Diaz

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night approved Texas Ranger Joel “Noe” Diaz Jr. as Katy’s fourth police chief. Diaz will be sworn in as chief Monday afternoon at City Hall. Diaz Discusses Goal to Grow Department Diaz said he hoped to make the police department “a little friendlier,” and that his top priority would be officer retention. He said he wants to see the department grow because the Katy community is growing. […]

Katy Police Chief Appointment Expected Monday; Diaz Receives Endorsement

By George Slaughter The Harris County Deputies’ Organization this week endorsed Texas Ranger Noe Diaz for Katy police chief. The Katy City Council is expected to approve his appointment at its Monday meeting. David Cuevas, the organization’s president, said in a memo to Mayor Chuck Brawner and the Katy City Council that the organization “wholeheartedly supports and endorses” Diaz’s appointment. Diaz will succeed Bill Hastings, who retired in January to run for mayor against Brawner. […]

City Postpones Police Chief Selection

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night postponed a vote on a permanent police chief following pushback over Mayor Chuck Brawner’s recommended candidate for the job. Brawner late last week decided to nominate Noe Diaz, a longtime Texas Ranger, for the position. But Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez said Monday he has received many calls expressing dismay both over the selection and its timing. Given that the city took a relatively long […]

Tim Tyler Takes Charge as Interim Chief of Katy Police Department

Tim Tyler - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter With Bill Hastings’s retirement as Katy police chief last week, the city council turned to long-time assistant chief Tim Tyler to serve as interim chief. Hastings said the city’s growth, and the budget required to meet the needs coming from that, will be Tyler’s biggest challenges going forward. “We can’t fight the growth, but the city is going to have to monitor closely the needs of fire service, emergency management and the […]