HPD officer injured during foot chase with northside burglary suspect


by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News


Posted on May 2, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 5:41 PM

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HOUSTON –- An officer with the Houston Police Department suffered minor injuries while chasing a burglary suspect on the northside early Friday.

According to officers, an alarm went off around 3 a.m. at the Trigos Mexican Restaurant on Fulton just south of the North Loop.

Officers arrived and said they found a man coming out of the business. An officer chased the man, who jumped several fences to try and get away.

During the foot chase, an officer tripped and hurt his knee.

The suspect was taken into custody. Police said they found a screw driver on the man and a bundle of cash, believed to be taken from the restaurant's jukebox.

The suspect claims the ordeal was a misunderstanding, however.

“I didn’t break into this place, sir,” the suspect told KHOU 11 News. “I was walking down the street and they pulled me over and I took off. They threw me down to the ground. What do I think about the situation? What can I say?”

He also explained the singles police found in his possession.

"Yeah, that was my money," the suspect said. "The one dollar bills."

HPD cut the interview short as the man was taken downtown.

Police said the injured officer was taken to the hospital to get stitches.

The business owners are just relieved.

“We are so happy about it. Most of the time they do the same thing. That’s it. Basically they steal some quarters and that is it,” Roscio Rosales, co-owner.