Katy Police Department

Police Arrest Two Houston Residents in Connection with Thefts at Typhoon Texas

Marlon Thompson - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police have arrested and charged two Houston residents in connection with thefts last month at Typhoon Texas Water Park. Marlon Thompson, 36, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to delivery. Jasmine Baker, 26, was charged with misdemeanor theft. On June 20, Katy Police were called to investigate the theft of several backpacks from unsuspecting owners who were visiting Typhoon Texas. The backpacks contained $4,869 worth of […]

Police Charge Harris County Resident with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Rene Martinez - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Wednesday charged Rene Martinez, a 35-year-old Harris County resident, with failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, a second-degree felony. Police received information about Martinez, who it said was a registered sex offender, possibly living within the Katy city limits, but not having registered with police as required by law. Police performed surveillance and identified the address where Martinez was living, an apartment complex in the 5200 block of […]

Katy Man Charged with Felony Firearm Theft

Gabriel Del Castillo - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Tuesday charged Gabriel Del Castillo, 17, of Katy, with felony theft of a firearm, and two juveniles with misdemeanor burglar of a motor vehicle. Police said between 4 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, several home video surveillance systems recorded images of the two juveniles checking door handles and opening unlocked vehicles in the Pine Lakes, Fawn lake, and Falls at Green Meadows subdivisions. Police said the juveniles were also observed entering […]

Tan is Out as Katy Police Adopt New Uniforms

Katy Police Officer Eddie Garza - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy police officers are getting new uniforms and a new look. The familiar two-tone with tan is being phased out to a dark blue look. Police Chief Noe Diaz said the new uniforms are more cost-effective and easier to acquire. It’s becoming a trend around the Greater Houston area. Diaz said he couldn’t think of any other municipality in Harris County with a two-tone uniform. Even though the tan is being retired, […]

Katy to Explore its Options for Livestreaming its Council Meetings

Mayor Bill Hastings reads a proclamation honoring the Katy High School softball team Monday at City Hall – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said he hoped to get the ball rolling on the city livestreaming its city council meetings. Monday night, the council voted to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert to begin gathering information for review and discussion. Hebert and selected city staff will present the information at a workshop, the time and date for which are yet to be determined. Council members will use this information to decided […]

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 […]