Police Presence Increased Near Montrose LGBT Bars After Recent Tragedy
Police patrols in East Montrose have been ramped up in response to recent violent crimes in the area, including one that recently left Juan Carlos Ramirez dead after a robbery and car theft. While overall crime in the Montrose District has decreased, concerns with activity near the border of Midtown and Montrose have brought out additional patrols in clearly marked police vehicles, which Montrose officer Victor Beserra hopes will be more of a deterrent to potential criminals.
Additionally, constables stationed in Midtown have coordinated efforts with Montrose police for extra vigilance near the borders of the two neighborhoods.
Beserra also encourages anyone, in any part of town, to be aware of their surroundings, particularly after dark, and to always try and walk to cars and business entrances with another person if possible — this applies to people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations.
There will be a candlelight vigil for Ramirez tonight at 7 p.m. at 890 Hyde Park with comments from local officials like council member Ellen Cohen and Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen afterwards. Lastly, a town hall meeting has been scheduled to take place at The Montrose Center (401 Branard) April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Houston Police Department chief and command staff and the LGBT community.