Officials: Houston men impersonated police to intimidate rape victim, get her to drop charges against their friend

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HOUSTON, TX- Winrock Hill was accused of raping his girlfriend repeatedly over the span of five days in April. While behind bars Hill allegedly instructed two friends to intimidate his girlfriend into dropping the charges.

Two men, one posed as a law enforcement officer, approached the victim at her home in Houston’s fifth ward. Marcus Wayne Willis and Hill’s own brother, tried to intimidate Hill’s accuser into dropping the charges against him.

Sean Teare, a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, told Click 2 Houston that one of the men impersonated a police officer to intimidate the victim:

“Two individuals approached the victim and her family at their home. One of them, the individual that we have charged right now, was dressed in a jacket that resembled the Houston police department jacket. He had a clipboard with him  and he demanded that she sign paperwork.”

The paperwork Teare references is an affidavit of non-prosecution. A sworn document that, when signed, proves that a victim no longer wants to go forward with charges.

Thankfully, the victim’s father, Donald Edwards, was also home when the two arrived and quickly realized that Willis was impersonating an officer.

Edwards told Fox 26:

“I knew it when I seen it. This guy ain’t no cop, they don’t work like that.”

Edwards went on to say that he threatened to call the police on the pair:

“At the same time I told him that they came around the corner.”

No charges have been filed against Hill’s brother, but Willis was subsequently arrested for impersonating a police officer. His bond for this case is set at $25,000. Surprisingly, Willis was already out on bond for indecent exposure in May of this year.

Teare also told Click 2 Houston:

“This man was trying to go after the victim and the witnesses of his crimes and trying to intimidate them into dropping the charges.”

In another interview with Fox 26 the prosecutor spoke about the charges placed on Hill saying:

“Three different charges of sex assault against the same complainant, a charge of continuous violence against a family member against that same complainant and a charge of injury to a child against a 4-year-old neighbor.”

When speaking about the charges Hill faces, Teare said Hill is where he needs to be:

“We’re talking about a very violent individual with a lengthy criminal history, he’s exactly where he needs to be, the Harris County jail.”

With Hill and Willis behind bars prosecutors say that Hill’s brother could also be charged for his role in the scheme.

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Also in Houston, a man tries to rob a store and ends up getting beaten with a fire extinguisher. Read the story below:

HOUSTON, TX –A man in Houston, Texas decided that it would be a good idea to commit an armed robbery, with a bb gun.  The ploy may have worked, had he not walked into the wrong store, and the employee beat him with a fire extinguisher. 

In yet another scene which should have been from the former television series, America’s Dumbest Criminals, Jacoby Silas walked into the 13100 block of South Post Oak Road and attempted the ‘armed’ robbery.

Silas allegedly placed the bb gun to the back of a person’s head just before 6am.  At some point during the robbery, people working in the store figured out that it was a fake gun and boy did they let Silas have it.

The owners tackled Silas while a woman in the store locked the front door preventing any chance of escape.  According to police, that’s the moment that the store owners/victims decided to continue fighting back, with a fire extinguisher. 

It is unknown how badly Silas was injured, however, he was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.  That could have been because of the beating he took from the fire extinguisher or because he allegedly told police that he was high on crystal methamphetamine at the time of the robbery.

Silas was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery, since, it does not matter if the gun was real or not at the time of the robbery or the attempt of one.  What matters is if the victim believes that the weapon was real, in this case, they did, until they realized it was not.

In a similar incident, reported in Law Enforcement Today, three people who conducted a string of burglaries, all while wearing court ordered GPS monitors, would certainly be a part of the show.

Credit Broward County Sheriff's Office

A group of at least three criminals thought they were smart as the allegedly committed at least thirty residential burglaries. 

Throughout their crime spree, the criminals thought they would get away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, guns, and other stolen items.  Although, if they would have had a little intelligence, they would have at least had a shot at getting away with the crimes, if they were not wearing GPS monitors.

The multi-agency investigation, ran by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood Police and Margate Police Departments, joined forces to solve the series of crimes. 

As probable cause was developed, three arrest and search warrants were authored and approved by a judge. 

Officers from the agencies involved had to execute all warrants simultaneously, probably out of concern that by doing one at a time would afford the criminals a chance to escape or destroy evidence. 

Police said that the three criminals, Zion Odain Denvor Hall, Tyrek Davontae Williams, and Tremaine Raekwon Hill, were all arrested for the burglary string. 

Their arrest did not stem from some brilliant police investigation, (not a slight to the officers), but rather the tracking of the court ordered GPS monitors they were wearing while out on pretrial release.

Officer Christina Lata, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department said the alleged criminals had “committed these crimes while already on pretrial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors.” 

Police said that the trio is “believed to be a part of a criminal organization committing burglaries, armed burglaries, fraud, gun thefts, and other criminal acts throughout South Florida.”

Officers were able to follow the alleged criminals via historical GPS records which placed them at each of the crime scenes.  It was probably the easiest case to crack since the GPS placed them where each house was burglarized as well as where they went afterward to get rid of the stolen property.

Police were able to recover over $150,000 dollars in cash, firearms, cellphones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, ammunition, fraudulent credit and debit cards, blank checks, and a stolen vehicle. 

Regarding the credit and debit cards, they were most likely termed as fraudulent because they had someone else’s personal identifiable information imprinted on the credit card, but the name of the suspect printed on the front. 

This is a method used by identity thieves after they have hacked a victim’s personal information.  The criminal imprints someone’s bank information and creates a credit card with their name on it. 

That way they can use the credit card with the stolen information without raising suspicions while really charging a victim’s account instead of theirs. 

The men who were arrested on August 14th were charged as follows:

Hall is charged with 35 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.

Williams is charged with 25 counts of burglary, grand theft and racketeering.

Hill is facing 19 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering. 

According to Hollywood Police, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said:

“This organized burglary ring stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns, jewelry and electronics from dozens of Florida homes.

They must have thought they were pretty smart, but clearly, they couldn’t outsmart our Statewide Prosecutors and the great police detectives who were able to use the suspects’ own GPS tracking devices to place them at the scenes of many of these burglaries.

This is another shining example of great police work removing criminals from society so they can no longer wreak havoc on the lives of law-abiding citizens.”

Police say that their investigation is far from over as they work to identify more suspects in this crime spree.  They say that additional arrests may be coming in the near future. 

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