Pursuit and Arrest of Naked Humble Man

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, August 17, 2012 - Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constables had an exciting Thursday night when they responded to a domestic disturbance call and wound up in a vehicle pursuit that ended in a foot chase in the woods with a completely naked man.

Just before midnight, Precinct 4 Deputy Constables Knox and Bullinger responded to a call regarding violation of a protective order in New Caney. The dispatch said an estranged husband was trying to break down the door of a residence to reach his ex-wife. As the deputies reached the area of McCluskey Road and Penny Street, they saw a vehicle matching the dispatched description, and the male driver disregarded a stop sign. The deputies shined a light on the suspect, William Moss, and saw he was shirtless, not wearing a seatbelt and covered in sweat.

The deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the suspect pulled into a driveway in the 21800 block of McCluskey. However, Moss was not stopping. He drove through the yard, through a gate and into the woods, reaching speeds of almost 50 miles per hour. In a distance of about a mile, Moss’s vehicle hit one gate and three fences before he was unable to go any further. Moss then jumped out of the vehicle to continue evading arrest on foot, at which point the deputies could see he was completely naked.

Moss ran for about a quarter mile as deputies followed commanding him to stop. When he finally stopped and turned around, Moss held one hand behind his back and refused to comply with the deputies’ instructions or place both hands where they could see them. Without knowing if Moss had a gun in the hand behind his back, one of the deputies was forced to deploy a Taser to subdue him and place him under arrest. Moss was unarmed.

When asked why he was naked, Moss told two different stories. At first Moss first said he was robbed, but then said he with a married woman when her husband came home and he had no choice but to go out of a bedroom window and flee naked.

Turns out, Moss was not the subject of the original dispatch. He told deputies he did not know why he ran.

When they conducted an inventory of Moss’s vehicle, they discovered a glass pipe containing burnt methamphetamine. The only clothing in the vehicle was a pair of jeans.

William David Moss, III, 40, of Humble is charged with state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and state jail felony Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle.


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