Saturday morning as a family and friends were involved in an Easter Egg hunt in front of their Lone Star Subdivision home a silver 1999 ,4-wheel drive Suburban passed the home slowly. As they did two males in the front seat wearing masks pointed what appeared to be a gun at each of the almost a dozen children and adults then sped off.
The homeowner who had run an errand was just coming into the subdivision when the Tahoe ran him of into the ditch. He immediately turned around on it and tried to catch up to it to get a license number.
Meanwhile his daughter was on the phone with 911 explaining what had just happened. She then contacted her father who told her he was behind the SUV. He then called the Sheriff’s Office again and kept them updated with his location as units converged on the area.
When they got to SH 242 at I-69 the Suburban turned north and that is when the first units started arriving and took over. The vehicle sped north until finally forced to pull over at FM 2090 and I-69.
With the possibility of armed suspects in the vehicle the officers stopped all traffic on the freeway and took all five out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
It was determined that the front seat driver and passenger were the ones with the masks and what was thought to be guns were walkie talkies being held like a gun.
One juvenile was arrested along with Brandon Christopher Gillam, 18, of 10564 Walnut Drive in Conroe. He is charged with Deadly Conduct, his bond set at $750.
However, when the Probable Cause Judge looked at it the next morning he determined,walkie talkie’s were not a dangerous weapon and dropped the charges. Many citizens are not believing something like that is possible including some of the officers involved. As one said, “If they drove past my house with that many children in the yard and were wearing masks, then pointed something which at fifty-feet could be interpreted as a gun there would have been two dead masked kids”.
According to law enforcement officials other charges that would suit this incident include Terroristic Threat–
Sec. 22.07. TERRORISTIC THREAT. (a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:
(1) cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
(2) place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or
(b) An offense under Subdivision (1) or (2) of Subsection (a) is a Class B misdemeanor. An offense under Subdivision (3) of Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor. An offense under Subdivision (4) of Subsection (a) is a felony of the third degree.
In addition since the driver of the vehicle sped at the homeowner when he was entering the subdivision forcing him to the ditch the driver could look at a charge of Reckless Endangerment.
Reckless endangerment comprises several types of crimes involving conduct that is wrongful, reckless or wanton. These are acts that are likely or have the potential to produce death or grievous bodily harm to another person. In Texas, a person is said to have committed the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The word "reckless" indicates a type of conduct that demonstrates a culpable disregard of foreseeable consequences to others as a result of the act or omission involved.
A WALKIE TALKIE HELD LOOKING AT CLOSE RANGE