Crime spree included burglary, arsons, and auto theft, as well as threats against estranged family members and law enforcement.
In the early morning hours of January 2, 2017, Firefighters from the Porter Fire Department were dispatched to a house fire on Stratton Meadows Drive. They were joined at the scene by crews from the East Montgomery County Fire Department and together they worked together to bring the fire under control during extreme weather conditions. The fire had breached the roof of the home by the time it was discovered by a passing motorist and at one point during the firefighting operation, crews had to shelter in place due to nearby lightning strikes as a severe storm rolled through the area.
MCFMO Fire Investigators arrived on scene and soon learned that no one had been home at the time of the fire and several items were missing from the home, including electronics and a truck. MCFMO Investigators determined that the home had been burglarized prior to the fire and began a joint criminal investigation with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, culminating in the arrest of two brothers, James and Clarence Morgan.
During the investigation Investigators with the MCFMO and MCSO learned that the brothers had broken into the home on the night of the fire, taking both the truck and items from the home, before setting it on fire. They then traveled to a location near James Morgan’s home in New Caney and set the truck on fire as well. The home belonged to James Morgan’s estranged wife’s family.
Investigators also learned that James Morgan had been harassing both his estranged wife and her family, and had threatened that he would not be taken alive by Law Enforcement. MCFMO Investigators enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and the MCSO Swat Team. After locating the two suspects, Deputy Fire Marshals and the SWAT team executed an arrest warrant, taking them into custody safely and without incident. Both have been jailed on charges of Burglary of a habitation, and the MCFMO is working with the District Attorney’s Office to file arson charges as well. Arson of a habitation is a 1st Degree felony and arson of a vehicle is a 2nd Degree felony. James Morgan currently has a bond set at $150,000 and Clarence Morgan’s bond is set at $50,000.