- Tomás Rodríguez was arrested after shooting a police officer.
- Rodríguez has a long criminal record.
- The man could face up to 10 years in jail.
Tomás Rodríguez was arrested on the charge of aggravated assault against a public servant, when he shot a police officer. The Houston Police Department (HPD) arrested Tomás Rodríguez, 30, after the man shot a patrolman who was trying to stop him at almost midnight.
In addition to the charge of aggravated assault against a public servant, the detainee Tomás Guadalberto Rodríguez, his full name, faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, aggravated assault against a member of his family, ex-convict in possession of a weapon and evading arrest under the order of a law enforcement officer.
Tomás Rodríguez is arrested for shooting a policeman
The HPD patrolman, whose name will not be revealed in this story to maintain his privacy, also unloaded his charge pistol when he was shot by Tomas Rodríguez in a shooting that shocked the Northwest neighborhood of The Heights. Greater Houston area. Neither of them was injured by the bullets.
Tomás Rodríguez is already being held in the Harris County jail and will face his various criminal proceedings before Judge Chris Morton, of the 230th Criminal District Court in Harris County. As of this writing, Judge Morton has not determined when the detainee’s first hearing will be.
The various arrests of Tomás Rodríguez
It is not the first time that Tomás Rodríguez has been in trouble with the authorities. Rodríguez has been detained on at least ten previous occasions since 2008, when he was first captured on a charge of assault on a member of his family, curiously the same crime that led to his most recent arrest.
According to the legal documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico In Texas, last Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 10:55 p.m., the HPD emergency number received a call asking for help for a girl who was being kicked on the floor by her boyfriend from wild way in a parking lot.
Tomás Rodríguez’s beating of his girlfriend
The case documents do not specify who called the authorities. Given the seriousness of the domestic violence report, several HPD agents were sent to a shopping center marked 1301 West 20th Street, in The Heights, almost on the corner of Bevis Street. It is not specified who called authorities to report the attack on the girl.
According to the report of the first HPD patrolman who arrived in the area of the attack, he managed to see how a Hispanic man, later identified as Tomás Rodríguez, beat the woman. The officer stopped his patrol and jumped, gun in hand, but not aimed at the Hispanic, and yelled at him to stop.
The aggressor tries to escape by shooting bullets
Tomás Rodríguez, upon noticing the presence of the first agent and the other patrols that were already arriving down the street, turned to the officer who was ordering him to stop the attack on his girlfriend and took out a pistol. Without warning, Rodríguez fired a round of shots at the HPD agent who was trying to stop him.
Faced with the attack by Tomás Rodríguez, the HPD patrolman also responded to the bullets, which caused a large shooting that broke the tranquility of Sunday night. Other officers ran to attend to the boy’s girlfriend. The girl’s name will not be revealed in this story to protect her identity.
Robbery, drugs and beatings
Tomás Rodríguez tried to run to escape, getting lost in the streets and protected by the darkness of the night. However, the man was already surrounded by several HPD patrolmen, who surrounded him and pointed their weapons at him, so he had no choice but to surrender.
When the agents arrested Tomás Rodríguez, they discovered, when reviewing his background, that the man had a long criminal history and had even been convicted of a robbery charge and served a sentence in a prison in Mexico City. Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
Tomás Rodríguez could face a 10-year sentence
By law, in Texas no person who has been convicted of any crime has the right after serving his sentence to possess a weapon of any kind. HPD agents then charged Tomás Rodríguez with aggravated assault on a public servant, aggravated assault on his girlfriend, and illegal possession of a firearm.
According to Texas State Penal CodeOnly the crime of aggravated assault against a public servant, when shooting the HPD patrolman, carries a penalty of up to ten years in jail for anyone found guilty of this crime after facing trial. The case against Tomás Rodríguez is compounded by his long criminal record.
A long account of pain and crime in Houston
The account of pain and crimes that Tomás Rodríguez has left in the last 13 years of his life began when the boy attacked someone in his family on July 16, 2008, whose name or relationship will not be revealed in this story. family member, by throwing him against a wall of his house in a violent way and causing injuries to his head.
When Tomás Rodríguez was facing his trial for this crime of domestic violence, the HPD arrested him less than a month in August 2008, for having stolen a woman’s cell phone. What relationship Rodríguez had with the victim of his theft is not detailed, nor the circumstances of the robbery.
Tomás Rodríguez steals a gun with the help of his girlfriend
Tomás Rodríguez’s life took a turn that led him to jail for a long period on November 11, 2008. That day the boy robbed an apartment at 8330 Park Place Boulevard, southeast of the metropolitan area, in some time of the night when the inhabitant of the house was not in the place.
According to the agents of the HPD Robbery Division, that night Tomás Guadalberto Rodríguez sneaked into his victim’s house to steal a gun. Rodríguez knew the hours of the owner of the gun thanks to the fact that his girlfriend at the time, whose name will not be revealed in this story, lived in those same apartments.
The robbery was recorded on video
HPD Robbery Division agents recovered images from the apartment complex’s security cameras, showing the Hispanic man sneaking into the theft department. Thanks to these images, which were shown to the administrators of the departments, the identity of Tomás Rodríguez could be identified.
During the investigation of the case, the agents of the Robbery Division discovered that the girlfriend of Tomás Guadalberto Rodríguez frequently went to a pawn shop on Telephone Road to pawn various objects. Thanks to these efforts, the agents found the weapon and arrested Tomás Rodríguez, accused of the robbery.
He got out of jail and they haven’t stopped arresting him
Tomas Guadalberto Rodríguez served a two-year sentence in a TDCJ jail for stealing the pistol. Since he was released from prison in 2010, he has been arrested again for crimes such as drug possession, several other robberies at homes and violent attacks on at least two other of his girlfriends in outbursts of jealousy.
Judge Chris Morton, of the 230th Criminal District Court in Harris County, exercised his right to request more days to study Tomás Rodríguez’s long criminal record when he was brought in by HPD agents. As of this writing, the judge has not determined when Tomás Rodríguez’s first hearing will be.
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