An Arkansas man is being held in the Harris County Jail after allegedly attacking a Precinct 1 deputy constable and leading police on a foot chase through the Garden Oaks neighborhood for almost an hour Thursday afternoon.
Lionel Moore, 25, is charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and evading arrest.
Moore was stopped for questioning after a resident called to complain of a suspicious man walking in the 1000 block of Martin Street. Deputy constables had noticed him in the area earlier this week.
“He was visiting what we consider to be a drug house and potential prostitution house,” Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen said. “And he was coming and going from that house so our officers had already identified him as being suspicious in the area. So a call today from a resident prompted us to go and investigate.”
A check of Moore's identification showed he was wanted for burglary, theft and credit card abuse in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Constable Rosen said when Moore realized he was about to be arrested, he slugged the deputy who had stopped him and took off running.
Precinct 1 deputies and an HPD K-9 unit searched the neighborhood for 40 minutes until one of the officers noticed Moore near a group of other men at a gas station in the 4600 block of N. Shepherd. He was arrested there without further incident.
Moore is now in the Harris County Jail facing the two felony charges in addition to the Arkansas charges. The deputy constable Moore allegedly assaulted was not seriously hurt.