|Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Katherine Cabaniss |
and HCSO Criminal Warrant Teams
April’s focus was on child abuse prevention for Crime Stoppers of Houston. The Sixth Annual Safe Child Initiative worked to keep
children safe where they live, learn and play.
Throughout the month, Crime Stoppers engaged in an educational campaign
to prevent child abuse in Houston,
and apprehend offenders at large throughout the community. This year, the Safe Child Initiative resulted
in the arrest of more fugitives than in all of the previous initiatives
One hundred and sixty one offenders that may have otherwise remained at large were apprehended as a direct result of the combined efforts of Crime Stoppers and local law enforcement. Their charges ranged from DWI with a Child Passenger to the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Each of the fugitive offenders was apprehended during the month long warrant sweep conducted by Crime Stoppers’ law enforcement partners in the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the
Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.
It was an honor to work our law enforcement officers in this initiative. As a result of their hard work, one hundred and sixty one felons are off the streets, and no longer hiding in our neighborhoods.
Eight hundred and forty seven fugitives were featured through Crime Stoppers media programs and on the Crime Stoppers website www.crime-stoppers.org. Ten percent of the fugitives selected as the Crime Stoppers “Feature Fugitives” released to local media were arrested based off of tips called into Crime Stoppers.
One such fugitive was Howard Huffman. Huffman was charged with the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 14 after assaulting a female child while she slept. His whereabouts remained unknown to authorities with an active warrant for his arrest.
On April 11, 2012, Huffman’s profile was released to the local media as a Crime Stoppers “Feature Fugitive.” The very next day, a tip was received by Crime Stoppers placing Huffman in
. Deputies with the Gulf Coast Violent
Offenders Task Force coordinated with US Marshals in Phoenix,
Arizona Arizona, and apprehended Huffman on April
25, 2012. Four additional out of state
arrests were made during the course of the initiative.
At the May 4th celebratory press conference, hosted at Crime Stoppers Headquarters, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia commended the dedication of the teams responsible for these arrests. “I’d like to applaud these crime fighters; these hunters of criminals.” Garcia went on to highlight the significance April’s Safe Child Initiative carries. “Our children are our most precious resource,” said Garcia, “we will continue to put every resource toward keeping them safe.”
While the 2012 Safe Child Initiative has come to a close,
citizens are reminded that child predators and felony fugitives remain at large
in our community. Crime Stoppers
reminds Houstonians to stay vigilant against crime throughout the year. With that sentiment in mind, Houston Mayor
Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez cautioned citizens, “Just remember, child abuse continues
year round… Keeping our children safe is something that we should always do.”
Programs such as the Annual Safe Child Initiative are at the core of Crime Stoppers’ mission to prevent serious crime in
. Continued efforts throughout the year will
target other forms of serious crime, in an effort to keep Houstonians safe. Harris County