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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Crime

UHDPS quick to react, case over ‘in a matter of hours’


UH Chief of Police Ceaser Moore spoke at a press conference on Monday on the robbery.  |  File Photo/The Daily Cougar

UH Chief of Police Ceaser Moore spoke at a press conference on Monday on the robbery. | File Photo/The Daily Cougar

At 3 a.m. Tuesday, police arrested a suspect in the robbery of the Calhoun Lofts convenience store.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terrance Anderson after a car chase Tuesday, said the UH Department of Public Safety in an email. The chase ended when the suspect’s vehicle flipped over several times. He was taken by Life Flight to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he now remains in custody of the Sheriff’s Office. UHDPS was unable to comment on the status of his injuries but did say his condition is serious.

Two female passengers were in the car with Anderson and were hospitalized after receiving non-life-threatening injuries, UHDPS said.

“We have no reason to believe (the female passengers) were associated with the on-campus incident,” said  UH Police spokesperson Lt. Bret Collier in an email.

It is not known at this time whether Anderson was connected with UH, police said.

“He neither lived nearby nor attended the University,” Collier said.

Additionally, the two suspects that were apprehended for questioning on Monday in relation to the robbery were not charged with any crimes, Collier said.

The systems established after the previous string of on-campus robberies helped UHDPS locate the suspect in a timely fashion.

“Several aggressive measures were taken following the previous robberies. These are still in place, and were useful in bringing Anderson swiftly to justice,” Collier said in an email.

“The task force that was developed recently was among the first to respond to the incident and saw the case through to conclusion in a matter of hours. We are considering ways to further expand the scope and effectiveness of that task force.”

Collier said that UHDPS is looking at improving the current crime prevention systems on campus.

“We are also looking at security and safety systems on campus and making sure they all are helping us identify incidents and respond quickly,” Collier said. “Those would be the cameras, the call boxes and the emergency notification system that notifies students when incidents occur.”

At about 9:30 a.m. on Monday, a black male robbed a Calhoun Lofts Cougar Xpress Market clerk and escaped in a stolen truck. The man acted as if he was carrying a weapon, though none of the witnesses reported seeing a gun, UH Chief of Police Ceasar Moore said.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office was not available for comment.

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