After an overnight chase, Bellaire police are asking residents in a neighborhood outside the Loop to check their front and back yards for a handgun used in a robbery.
A 17-year-old suspect had jumped out of a white van matching the description of one used in a robbery, which was being pursued by Houston police through Bellaire after refusing to stop for officers at the Southwest Freeway and Hillcroft.
Eventually his two 17-year-old companions surrendered in southwest Houston, but the first teen led Bellaire and HPD officers — aided by an HPD chopper and K-9 unit — on about a half-hour manhunt until the police dog located him in the 4900 block of Welford and bit him.
The suspect was arrested and turned over to HPD for processing.
Bellaire police think a weapon was thrown out during the pursuit or hidden by the suspect while he was being chased, but were unable to find anything overnight or this morning (Thursday, March 7).
Residents in the 4800-5200 blocks of Evergreen, 100 block of Whipple, and 4900 blocks of Bellview and Welfrd are being asked to check their yards for a handgun. If found, it should not be touched, and Bellaire police should be immediately notified at 713-668-0487.
Many of those residents had a harrowing night, taking to social media at about 2:45 a.m. to report the chopper flying over their homes, noticeable police activity, and warnings to stay inside and not answer their doors.