Crime Time: UPD leads high speed chase, Reslife cracks down on K2

Dept. Chief James Fitch gave the following accounts of arrests made throughout the month of September:

• An 18-year old man was arrested at the Jolly Fox nightclub on Sept. 3. Deputy Chief James Fitch, the arresting officer, said he was working an extra job at the club when he took university student Patrick Ray Dunford into custody at 1:50 a.m. Dunford was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct/fighting and taken to Walker County Jail. The cause of the fight is still unknown.

• An 18-year old student was found intoxicated at the Jackson Shaver residence hall on Sept. 11. UPD officers, which arrived on the scene 5:26 p.m., arrested Korey Nowark, a university student, for public intoxication, which is a class C misdemeanor.

• A 23-year old female was stopped for a traffic violation at the 1700 block of Sycamore Ave. on Sept. 5. Upon further investigation, UPD officers said they found the non-university student in possession of marijuana. Dana Johnson was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

• A university student was found to be intoxicated on Sept. 16 at 1:13 a.m. Jonathon Minchew, an 18-year old university student found at Sam Houston Village, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication of a minor.

• An 18-year old was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 16 at 10:22 p.m. Everardo Manrique, an SHSU student, was initially stopped for a traffic violation at the 2100 block of Ave. I.

• Walker County Medical Services was contacted Sept. 20 in response to a female student who became disoriented after smoking the legal marijuana synthetic known as “K2.” However, the female refused medical treatment.

She was among three other university students, an additional female and two males, who were found in possession of the drug at the SHV dorm hall.

The students were not arrested, as K2 is currently legal in the state of Texas, but they will face disciplinary action. An incident report was forwarded to the Dean of Students Office.

“K2 is not illegal because the state of Texas has not said it’s illegal,” Deputy Chief James Fitch said. “However, Residence Life is in the process of [prohibiting] the use of the drug in the dorm halls.”

Residence Life Director Joellen Tipton could not be reached Tuesday to confirm this statement.

• A non-university was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, a class A misdemeanor, and public intoxication on Sept. 22. Kyle Cox, 22, was found intoxicated at the front entrance of Belvin Hall. An investigation is ongoing.

• A Huntsville resident was found in the possession of marijuana outside of Johnson Coliseum on Sept. 24. UPD was initially dispatched to the location in reference to suspicious activity at 12:16 a.m. There, they found Raymond Pace Jr., 23. Pace was arrested for the possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

• Two individuals were arrested at Jack in the Box, located at 2259 Sam Houston Ave., on Sept. 26. UPD was initially called to the location in reference to a disturbance. There, Christopher Cole, a 24-year old non-student, of Houston, was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, after exposing his penis to the drive-thru window clerk.

Cole was not charged for indecent exposure at the situation did not merit it, Fitch said.

“Indecent exposure basically says that the person has to have to the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire, and they are reckless as to whether someone will be offended,” Fitch said.

Additionally, Morgan Lewellen, 19, a non-university student, was arrested for public intoxication of a minor. Both were taken to Walker County Jail.

• UPD led the combined effort to capture a suspect, who fled the scene of an attempted aggravated robbery and theft in Montgomery County last week.

Fitch said a high speed chase began on Sept. 28 at 10:46 p.m., at the campus of Sam Houston State University shortly after the Huntsville Police Department issued an “attempt to locate” to local authorities. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.

After the warning was issued by HPD, UPD Officer Sam Goodbread located the vehicle.

“When he ran the license plate, he found the car was stolen out of Montgomery county,” Fitch said. “He attempted to stop the vehicle [but was unsuccessful], and the chase began.”

The man, later identified as Kelly Castlino, a non-university student, traveled at speeds up to 85 miles per hour, and was ultimately caught at Park Road 40, the Huntsville State Park.

“As the suspect was trying to leave the park, he crashed through some gates and spike strips,” Fitch said. “After going through both of those, he lost control of his vehicle, hit a tree and was ejected from the car.”

Castlino was lifeflighted to Memorial Herman Hospital, where he spent a couple days recovering from his minor injuries, Fitch said.

He was charged with evading arrest and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Castlino was also out on a bond from Grimes County, which has since been revoked. Additionally, he may face attempted aggravated robbery and theft charges, Fitch said.

• An 18-year old was arrested by a UPD officer at the 1700 block of Ave. I on Oct. 1 at 1:26 a.m. The student, Aman M. Abdulaziz, was charged with tampering with evidence, assault on a public servant, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

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