Incident at 3302 Creston
August 16, 2005 -- Charges are
pending against a suspect who grabbed a Houston police officer's
gun and fought with the officer at 3302 Creston about 12:15 a.m.
today (Aug. 16).
The suspect is identified as Jamale Lewis (b/m,
DOB 12-29-85). He faces charges including aggravated assault on
a peace officer after he attacked and fought with Officer J.C.
Sealy. The officer sustained minor injuries while the suspect
was not injured.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants C.W. Howard and
M.W. McStravick reported:
Officers were called to 3302 Creston on reports
of a kidnapping in progress. The officers were advised that a
suspect armed with a gun had taken a victim to a room in the back
of the residence. Officers approached the room and saw the suspect
sexually assaulting the victim. Officers ordered the suspect out
of the room and to get down on the floor. The suspect walked out
of the room but refused officers' commands and ran past them and
out the front door of the residence. Officers pursued the suspect
on foot and one officer caught up with him and discharged a Taser
at the suspect. The suspect fell to the ground, but got back up
and again tried to escape after the Taser finished its cycle.
The officer attempted to disable the suspect with the Taser several
times, but it did not have an effect on the suspect.
The suspect then turned and grabbed the officer's
neck and began choking him. As the officer attempted to free himself,
both he and the suspect fell to the ground, with the suspect landing
on top of the officer. The suspect then grabbed the officer's
neck and again choked him. When the officer was unable to breathe,
he attempted to shoot the suspect with his duty weapon. The weapon
did not fire and the suspect grabbed the officer's gun and the
two began to struggle with it. At one point, the suspect turned
the barrel of the gun toward the officer. Fearing the suspect
was going to shoot him, the officer was able to discharge his
weapon into a vacant field before the suspect could aim the gun
at him. When the gun was emptied, the suspect fled on foot. He
was arrested a short time later at a nearby residence.
Officer Sealy, assigned to the Northeast Patrol
Division, was sworn in as an HPD officer in December of 2002.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.