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Monday, August 3, 2020

Crime

Arrests made in recent crimes


Three arrests were announced to have been made in connection with two unrelated crimes today.

The Cambridge Oaks robbery, which occurred Saturday night, saw another arrest.

Police said Wednesday they arrested Christopher David Nettles, 18, and Joshua Layton Gammage, 18, in Pearland. Both were charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, UH Police Chief Ceaser Moore said. They were taken to Harris County Jail, and bail was set at $30,000 each.

Joshua Layton Gammage (left) and Christopher David Nettles (right) were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the armed robbery at Cambridge Oaks apartments on Saturday evening. | Courtesy of UHPD

Joshua Layton Gammage (left) and Christopher David Nettles (right) were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the armed robbery at Cambridge Oaks apartments on Saturday evening. | Courtesy of UHPD

Gunman James Manns, arrested Tuesday, has been charged with aggravated robbery with a pending additional aggravated robbery charge, Moore said Tuesday, but at the time of Manns’ arrest, police were still looking for three accomplices.

Manns and three accomplices had robbed two roommates of Samy Gharbaoui, Police said. Gharbaoui, who was also arrested Tuesday, had sold Manns drugs earlier in the day, and Manns had later gone to Gharbaoui’s apartment in search of more, Police said.

“This crime was not a stranger-on-stranger crime,” Moore said. “He was going back to get more drugs. … Other students on campus are not at risk of being victimized by other people invading their residences.”

Investigators found LSD, Adderall, ecstasy and marijuana in Gharbaoui’s apartment, and discovered that Manns was already on bail for possession of marijuana, Moore said.

Also on Wednesday, a man was arrested in connection with a sexual assault case that took place at Cougar Village on Sunday.

Keon Mark Edward Whitehead, 19, was arrested at Texas Southern University after being detained by campus police. Whitehead was identified as an acquaintance, said police, and was charged with sexual assault. He was transported to Harris County Jail and his bail was set at $30,000.

“UHPD has worked diligently on these cases,” said Moore. “Our number one priority is to provide a safe campus.  I hope the campus community is reassured by the progress we have made in identifying and arresting the perpetrators of these crimes.”

Additional reporting by Joshua Mann.

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