Recent Arrests in Daisetta

DAISETTA, July 30, 2017 - On Friday, 07/21/2017, at approximately 9:25 PM, Officer Mike Leffew, of the Daisetta Police Department, was operating stationary radar in the 600 Block of Main Street (FM Hwy 770) in the City of Daisetta when he observed a vehicle traveling, south bound, at the extremely high rate of speed of 73 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified, by Texas Identification Card, as being 34-year-old W/M Joseph Dale Miller Jr of Dayton, Texas.
It was discovered that Miller did possess a Texas Driver's License; however, his license was currently invalid and Miller had previously been convicted for driving with an invalid license. Miller was arrested on a charge of Driving with License Invalid with Previous Convictions, a Class B Misdemeanor.

During the inventory, Officer Leffew discovered a yellow tin box, marked with the name "Joseph," containing less than 2 ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
Also, discovered during the inventory, was an open bottle of Fireball Whiskey.

Miller was cited for Speeding, Failing to Maintain Financial Responsibility and also for Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle. Miller was transported to the Liberty County Jail and released to the jail staff for booking without incident.
On Tuesday, 07/25/2017, at approximately 1:00 PM, Chief Mike Parrish, of the Daisetta Police Department located 19-year-old W/F Brooke Lynn Luce, of 106 Texas Street in Daisetta, and served a felony arrest warrant charging Luce with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a third degree felony.

The warrant was issued by Liberty County Precinct #2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Davis after Parrish submitted a probable cause affidavit which linked Luce to several recent thefts and at least one burglary of a building. Luce is believed to have been an active participant in the commission of theft and burglary of motor vehicles as well. Luce was transported to the Liberty County Jail where she was released into the custody of the jail staff for booking without incident.

Three other suspects in this case are listed as follows; Dustin Kyle Rhoades, 22, of Liberty; MorganLance Denny, 17, of Daisetta; Cody Bryan-Scott Howell, 20, of Daisetta. Rhoades and Denny are currently incarcerated in Liberty County Jail while Howell is in Galveston County Jail, on an unrelated narcotics charge, awaiting extradition to Liberty County.

"This investigation is rather extensive and there are definitely additional suspects. Those suspects know who they are and they also know that we're very close to having them in custody as well," said Chief Parrish. "Some of these cases involved elderly and handicapped victims. At least two of the victims were in their mid-seventies and mid-eighties, which makes this type of crime particularly heinous, especially, when it can be proven that the majority of these defendants are believed to have committed these offenses simply to finance their drug addictions. None of these defendants had jobs. At least one of these defendants actually quit a paying job to engage in theft, burglary and the use of illegal narcotics. That's simply intolerable."

This investigation began on 05/30/2017 when the Daisetta Police Department received two reports of burglary of a motor vehicle and one report of burglary of a building, all of which allegedly occurred within Daisetta. An Additional motor vehicle burglary, also occurring in Daisetta, was reported on 06/01/2017. Parrish was able to recover a purse, belonging to Rebecca Mouser of Daisetta, a vehicle burglary victim, at the residence of Morgan Denny on 06/08/2017. The purse contained driver's licenses, credit / debit cards, club cards and receipts which identified the proper owners as being Rebecca Mouser and Cody Cunningham of Daisetta. The contents of the purse also identified another motor vehicle burglary victim, which had not yet been reported, as being Ashley Phelan of Daisetta.
"Since this investigation began we've been able to discover additional thefts involving everything from vehicle hub caps and GPS Systems to chainsaws, iPads, air compressors and generators," said Parrish. Chief Parrish has been working diligently with Liberty Police Department Sergeant Elaine Taylor and Investigator Tammy Bishop as well as with Liberty County Pct #2 Deputy Constable Chris Dryer and Liberty County Sheriff's Office Deputy Shandolyn Rhames due to the fact that Parrish's investigation has led to burglaries and thefts believed to have occurred within the areas of Hardin, Raywood and Liberty. There is evidence to suggest that this string of burglaries and thefts may extend into the Baytown and Crosby areas of Harris County as well and certain members of this team are believed to have stolen motor vehicles both within Harris and Liberty County. "Our mutual objective is to pursue and arrest every suspect connected with these crimes. While the criteria for the elements of the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity may not be met involving some of these suspects, the Daisetta Police Department will absolutely pursue charges of theft, theft by possession and burglary or other applicable charges against every single suspect if evidence exists to support that case."

On Wednesday, 07/26/2017, at approximately 6:22 PM, Chief Mike Parrish of the Daisetta Police Department was dispatched to 108 Spruce Street in the City of Daisetta in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, Parrish identified 26-year-old B/F Labreka Kyla Williams of Baytown whom had reportedly parked her vehicle in the center of the street and exited the vehicle leaving a 3-year-old male child sitting in a rear passenger car seat. Parrish was later assisted by Daisetta Police Officer Mike Leffew and Liberty County Pct #2 Constable Les Hulsey. Witnesses reported that Williams approached the fenced and gated residence of 108 Spruce Street and, even while being actively warned by tenants to remain off the property, Williams entered onto the property and assaulted a male victim to the extent of ripping his shirt from his body. Williams allegedly destroyed the "No Trespassing" sign which had been clearly posted at the gate. During the investigation, Parrish observed that Williams displayed all the usual signs of advanced intoxication. Williams was arrested on a charge of Criminal Trespass, a Class B Misdemeanor, while being cited for additional charges of Assault and Public Intoxication. Due to the fact that Williams had no known relatives within the State of Texas and the only relatives Williams identified resided in Monroe, Louisiana, Chief Parrish notified Child Protective Services and filed a report. The child was later released into the custody of Child Protective Services. As of 07/29/2017, Williams remains incarcerated in the Liberty County Jail with a $750 bond.

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