On Friday, December 18th, The City of West University Place Police Department conducted a traffic stop and upon investigation, both occupants of the vehicle were found to be in possession of identifying information and a controlled substance. The driver, Tyrell Hewett, had an outstanding warrant out of Harris County and the passenger, Lakeyia Baynham, had an outstanding warrant out of Montgomery County. Upon search of the vehicle, officers found numerous credit cards, driver’s licenses, passports, mail, and checks within the car that did not belong to either suspects. Subsequently, both subjects were arrested for their outstanding warrants. The Harris County District Attorney’s office accepted charges of possession of a Controlled Substance, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, and tampering with a government record on Hewitt. Charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information were accepted on Baynham.
Baynham was previously arrested by West University Place Police Department officers on May 27th, 2020. During that arrest, Officers discovered open packages, credit cards and checks not belonging to either Baynham or the driver inside the suspect vehicle. On this incident, the District Attorney’s Office only accepted charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance on Baynham.
Baynham’s previous criminal history includes charges for Mail Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance filed May 9th, 2020. She was released after posting a bond of $2,000 for the Mail Theft charge and a $500 bond for the Position of a Controlled Substance charge. A motion to revoke both bonds have been filed.
The West University Place Police Department urges residents to stay vigilant during the holiday season. Protect yourself by checking your credit card statements often for suspicious activity and clearing your mailboxes. If you feel that you have been a victim of identity theft, immediately contact the West University Place Police Department at, 713-668-0330 and your financial institution