Schools go on lockdown during search for suspects

May 6, 2010 8:36:27 PM PDT
Two people were injured and five schools were locked down as Friendswood police tried to capture three home burglary suspects Thursday afternoon.

An officer patrolling a neighborhood around 1pm Thursday noticed a green van flashing its emergency lights parked in the 16700 block of Blackhawk, according to a Friendswood Police Department statement. At the same time, a resident flagged down the officer and reported seeing a suspect leaving a nearby house carrying a small safe into the van.

The suspects drove off, but police chased them until they crashed into another van at the intersection of Blackhawk and Abercreek. Two people in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and were sent to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital for treatment.

Police immediately arrested the female suspect driving the green van, but two her two passengers escaped and ran into a nearby neighborhood.

One of the suspects was reported to be armed, so a lockdown was issued at five nearby Clear Creek ISD schools: Clear Brook High School, Westbrook Intermediate, Greene Elementary, Landolt Elementary and Wedgewood Elementary.

Police soon found one of the suspects running in a ditch line in the Heritage Park subdivision. The last suspect was caught two hours later after police set up a perimeter.

Police later discovered a gun, a safe and two TVs inside the van they used to escape the burglary scene.

The suspects were later identified as Roberto Servantes, 18, Linda Ramirez, 20, and Manuel Valdez IV, 18, according to the statement.

Servantes is charged with Burglary of a Habitation and Theft of a Firearm. Ramirez is charged with Evading Arrest. Valdez, who already is on probation for a burglary in Lubbock County, is charged with Burglary of a Habitation and Theft of a Firearm.

More charges could be filed against them as the investigation continues, police said.

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