U of H: 5 arrests made in campus crimes

Published On: Apr 18 2013 01:11:03 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Thursday, University of Houston Police Chief Ceaser Moore announced the arrests of three men in connection to two unrelated crimes that recently occurred on campus.

UH police investigators had been diligently pursuing leads on the cases that netted a total of five arrests since Tuesday.

Moore said two Pearland teens were arrested in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at Cambridge Oaks Student Village on April 13. Christopher David Nettles, 18, and Joshua Layton Gammage, 18, are both charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. Pearland police assisted in the investigation and arrested both men from their respective high schools on April 17th. They were transported to the Harris County Jail and bond was set at $30,000 each.

Investigators say Nettles and Gammage are the accomplices of alleged gunman James Manns, 18, also of Pearland. Manns was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. Investigators say the men forced their way into a Cambridge Oaks apartment and robbed two UH students of their wallets. A third resident of the apartment, Samy Gharbaoui, 19, was not home at the time of the robbery but was arrested Tuesday for his part in the crime. He is alleged to have sold drugs to one of the suspects earlier in the day of April 13th and is charged with drug possession. Moore said the case remains under investigation as officers continue working to identify an additional suspect.

Another man was arrested Wednesday in a sexual assault case that was reported to UH police Sunday. A student reported that she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance in the early hours of April 14th. Moore said UHPD officers arrested Keon Mark Edward Whitehead, 19, after the suspect was detained by Texas Southern University (TSU) police at an off campus location. Whitehead was arrested without incident and is charged with sexual assault. He was transported to Harris County Jail and his bond was set at $30,000.

“UHPD has worked diligently on these cases,” said Moore. “Our number one priority is to provide a safe campus. I hope the campus community is reassured by the progress we have made in identifying and arresting the perpetrators of these crimes.”