Update on Incident at 1915 Mangum
February 28, 2005 -- Charges
have been filed against a suspect who pointed a gun at two Houston
police officers and a group of persons at 1915 Mangum about 12:20
a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 26).
The suspect, Joe Fendley Rumfola (w/m, DOB 11-22-76),
was arrested by HPD officers with the assistance of an HPD K-9
named Robin. Rumfola has been charged with two counts of aggravated
assault against a public servant in the 183rd State District Court.
At the time of his arrest, officers recovered the suspect's fully
loaded semiautomatic weapon.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.H. Binford and
Officer R.A. Swainson reported:
Two uniformed HPD officers, Sergeant O.H. Ortegon
and Officer A.R. Ramos Jr., were working an extra job at a park
and ride lot at Delmar Stadium during a rodeo barbecue cookoff
event. As a bus arrived in the crowded parking lot, the officers
heard an argument and disturbance. The officers approached and
saw a white male (Rumfola) pointing a gun at a group of persons.
The male with the gun was heard hollering, "I will kill you."
When Sergeant Ortegon and Officer Ramos called for the male to
put the weapon down, the male turned and ran through the crowd
with the weapon still in his hand. As the officers chased the
suspect across Mangum Road, the suspect fell and then turned and
pointed the weapon at the officers. Both officers fired several
shots at the suspect, who was not hit and continued to run. The
suspect ran about
three-quarters of a mile through a warehouse district. Citizens
approached the officers, offering to help and give the officers
a ride in a vehicle. The officers got into a vehicle and used
their cell phones to call HPD personnel for assistance. The suspect
was followed until responding marked patrol units could arrive.
With the assistance of an HPD helicopter, the suspect was seen
fleeing and hiding in a wooded area. He was finally apprehended
by an HPD K-9 (Robin) as he hid under a trailer. His weapon was
Sergeant Ortegon, assigned to the Narcotics Division,
was sworn in as an HPD officer in March of 1985. Officer Ramos
is assigned to the Central Patrol Division and was sworn in as
an HPD officer in May of 1993.
Update JFC/MES 2-28-05
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contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.