HOUSTON—It would be difficult to say who was most surprised Tuesday afternoon when James Helman showed up at the County Annex building in New Caney to perform community service.
The 44-year-old New Caney resident was scheduled to perform community service for a felony conviction, but he arrived at the building, which houses the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, to find his fellow probationers looking shocked and telling him he was a wanted man.
Helman was one of Pct. 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden’s "Featured Fugitives" last week, and apparently the only member of his community service group who had not seen his photo in the newspaper or online.
Helman had four open JP4 warrants. He claimed he had no knowledge of the warrants, but was cooperative as they were confirmed, and was taken into custody still wearing his reflective community service vest.
"The multitude of outstanding warrants in the county is a major issue, and it’s been one of our goals from the beginning to clear as many as possible," Constable Hayden said. "What happened with Mr. Helman today underscores the need to continue to search for more effective methods of addressing this situation."
Constable Hayden added, "Like the pair of fugitives who inadvertently revealed their whereabouts last week by letting us know we had the wrong booking photo on our Featured Fugitives page, today’s incident was another kind of ‘self-service’ arrest, which is always appreciated."