The HPOU selected Officer Mark Leatherwood as its Patrol Officer of the Month, recognizing him in the May general membership meeting.
Officer Leatherwood heard a K9 unit as dispatched about a 3SI activation while he was working another call. The 3SI activation was in from multiple aggravated robberies ir robberies that occurred in the Clear Lake area, the 3SI location showed to be 8900 Chimney Rock.
Officer Leatherwood along with Sgt. J. Cuffy met at the Chimney Rock location, where they located the vehicle suspected to be involved in this incident. Leatherwood and Cuffy located three suspects and detained two of them after a short foot chase. They observed the third suspect going into an apartment.
Sgt. Cuffy and Officer Leatherwood approached the apartment and made contact with a male inside and were able to locate the third suspect and detain her. Upon returning to his patrol vehicle, Leatherwood located the fourth suspect sitting in a car matching the description of another vehicle involved in the same string of robberies.
Leatherwood approached the fourth suspect sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. The suspect fled in the vehicle, nearly striking Leatherwood.
While talking to the three captured suspects, the fourth suspect called one of her fellow suspects on the phone. The female suspect was allowed to talk to her friend. The elusive suspect gave her location.
Officer Leatherwood went in hot pursuit, resulting in a chase that culminated with a high-risk traffic stop on the Fort Bend Toll Road. The female suspect was taken into custody and hundreds of stolen items worth tens of thousands of dollars were recovered. They had been taken during robberies/aggravated robberies.
Officer Leatherwood’s professionalism and determination led to the apprehension of four suspects who came from Louisiana to commit multiple aggravated robberies/robberies in Houston and including Harris and Fort Bend counties.