Gangs banned from north Harris County community

By Matt Aufdenspring, Web Managing Editor, Click2Houston.com
Published On: Jun 16 2014 06:15:34 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Forty-seven members of two notorious gangs are now banned from entering a north Harris County community.

County Attorney Vince Ryan petitioned for an injunction Monday to keep members of the Crips and Bloods gangs out of the East Aldine Safety Zone. The safety zone, located east of Highway 59 and south of Bush Intercontinental Airport, is home to Francis Elementary and A&W Academic Academy, along with homes, restaurants, and other businesses.

On Monday, a judge made the injunction permanent.

Gang specialists for the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Houston Police Department, as well as apartment security staff and management, testified before the court regarding criminal activity at apartment complexes, including violence-plagued Haverstock Hills Apartments, within the Safety Zone.

"The members of these street gangs regularly engage in criminal activity in this community, putting residents in danger and harming their quality of life," Ryan said. "This type of injunction is a proven way to remove dangerous criminals from a community."

Ryan worked with the East Aldine Management District in preparation of the court petition. He won a similar injunction last year against other members of the Crips and Bloods that banned them from the Brays Oaks Safety Zone in southwest Houston.

The permanent injunction states the defendants have been regularly engaging in gang activities in this community, including the violence-plagued Haverstock Hills Apartments. The alleged activities include weapons offenses, criminal trespass, possession of illegal substances and making terroristic threats.

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