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DRUGS, MONEY AND WEAPONS SEIZED IN TUESDAY SWAT OPERATION

On 06/19/2018, at approximately 10:15 AM, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to Pine Needle Place, The Woodlands, Montgomery County, in reference to a Welfare Check. The caller advised that her Daughter was being held against her will at the address along with her two children. In addition, Deputies learned that the suspect, later identified as Luke Bridges, had made threats to kill any family members that showed up as well as threatened to kill any law enforcement that responded to the scene.
Prior to Deputies arrival they were able to make phone contact with the victim, who advised them that she and the eldest child were able to make it out of the house under the excuse of Grocery shopping; however, the victim told deputies that she had left the youngest child inside the home with Bridges. Responding Deputies met with the victim at Target and were told that Bridges had assaulted the victim by holding a knife to her throat and threatening to kill her. Bridges then ordered the victim upstairs using the knife to escort her. Once inside the bedroom the victim stated that she was thrown to the floor and hit repeatedly in her face and upper body. Bridges then retrieved an assault rifle from the closet and pointed it at her head and again threatened to kill her.
The primary Deputy notified a Supervisor who in turn activated the Montgomery County Swat and Crisis and Negotiations Teams who responded to the scene. At approximately 2:52 PM, MCSO Tactical Units spotted Bridges outside of the residence where they safely apprehended him without further incident. Bridges was then transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked in for felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, unlawful restraint and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Deputies were then cleared into the scene with the victim, at which time it was determined that Montgomery County Criminal Investigators were needed to assist. Upon arrival of the MCSO District 6 Detective Squad, consent to search was obtained from the victim for the residence. During the search Detectives and Deputies located a large amount of Narcotics including controlled substances, and Marijuana. In addition, the rifle used in the assault was located with loaded magazines and loose ammunition. A second weapon was found during the search, described as a semi-automatic handgun with a loaded magazine.
During the search of the residence Detectives and Deputies were able to locate several thousand dollars in Cash (over $5000.00 in U.S. Currency.) During this investigation it was learned that Bridges was a convicted felon and currently out on a bond from Harris County on a drug related offense. The weapons and Narcotics were seized, as well as a motorcycle. Bridges is currently being held without bond in the Montgomery Jail, the case is still under investigation.
Bridges has a lengthy criminal background. In March of 1994 for possession of a controlled substance and 28 grams of crack cocaine. He was given probation which was later revoked, and he was given 5 years TDC. He was also arrested on assault causes bodily injury which was dismissed. On June 6, 1997 he was charged with failure to identify for which he was given 4 days int he Harris County Jail. In August of 2007 he was arrested in Harris County for Felon in Possession of a weapon. Then in May 2012 he was charged with assault on a family member and received 2 days in the Harris County Jail. Then in October of 2015 a Houston Police Officer on patrol on Coffee Street in Houston spotted Bridges driving. As the officer passed, Bridges was reaching for something. The officer then turned around and attempted to stop Bridges. Bridges stopped then jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Inside the officer found a backpack with a gun protruding from inside. Also, a plastic bag with several pills which were ecstasy. Also hanging on the mirror was a company work id with a photo. Additionally, inside the backpack the officer found several more bags of ecstasy, a bag of cocaine and a Springfield SD9 pistol. In a suitcase on the back-floor board with a safe in it, inside the safe were more ecstasy pills, several bags of marijuana and $34,980.00 in cash. When completed it was determined that there were 2739.7 grams of ecstasy and 348.1 grams of cocaine. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver greater than 400 grams and an additional charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance 200 to 400 grams. After several court appearances Bridges decided to plead guilty and have a jury assess punishment. A trial was set for the next day, however Bridges did not show, and his bond was revoked. He was again arrested and a new bond set in November 2017. Since that date a motion was filed to bring both drug cases together as one offense and on April 18 a new trial date was set for November 12, 2018.

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