EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Pct. 4 Deputy J. Chapa went to a New Caney residence to arrest a man with three outstanding warrants for sexual abuse of children. People on location told the deputy the suspect, 24-year-old Paul Sousa, was inside. However, when Deputy Chapa entered the residence, Sousa was nowhere to be found and the backdoor was wide open.
Lt. Mark Seals and his K-9 partner, Oliver, tracked Sousa into a wooded area where he was hiding in heavy foliage. Sousa was easily apprehended and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
Sousa, whose current address is 21186 Louis Lane in New Caney, is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and 1 count of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact.
Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said keeping the community safe from sexual predators is one of his office’s top priorities.
“We do sex offender compliance checks on a regular basis,” Hayden said. “However, in this case we were serving warrants on a suspected child predator that fled on foot.” Hayden said.
“Our K-9 tracking Unit quickly located the suspect, and I hope this sends a message to anybody who thinks it’s a good idea to evade arrest,” he said. “You can run, but you can’t hide.”
The recent addition of a tracking K-9 gives the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office another excellent law enforcement tool. Oliver is already credited with locating several suspects who were then arrested.
Sousa’s bond for all three charges totals $130,000.