No One is Exempt
by: Pat Hernandez, November 18, 2009 4:11:48 pm
Mayor James Thompson says the ordeal scared him to death.
Now, he's angry that it happened in Sugar Land, a place not known for such crimes.
Doug Adolph with the Sugar Land Police Department says the mayor had just returned from a city council meeting. He had gotten out of his vehicle when he felt a gun to his head and told to hand over cash and his personal belongings. After being ordered to climb underneath his SUV, Adoplh says Mayor Thompson called 911 when the suspect fled.
"He was described as a tall thin African American man in his early 20s, with a thin build."
Thompson, who wasn't hurt, did not get a good look at the suspect. Adolph says a similar incident involved another Sugar Land home owner, but he was struck in the head with a pistol.
"With two incidents occurring in the span of a week, the similarities involved, the fact that the individual displayed a weapon, and with the holidays approaching, we just felt it was very important to let our citizens know what's going on, and what they can do to stay safe."
He says material possessions can be replaced.
"We ask that individuals remain calm and comply with the attacker. If they demand that they turn over money or personal belongings, we encourage that they in fact do that."
Crime Stoppers is offering a 5-thousand dollar reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.