Police Presence Increased Near Montrose LGBT Bars After Recent Tragedy

By | March 17, 2015

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.

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.