2017 1st Quarter Crime Report


Crimes Against Persons (NIBRS - Group A) Continued...

There were 36 Kidnapping/Abduction offenses in the First Quarter of 2017 compared to 39 offenses in the First Quarter of 2016. It is important to understand what is included in this count.

person. Restraint without consent is accom- plished if by force, intimidation, or deception or any means.  Kidnapping : Intentionally or knowingly [abducting] another person … not coupled with intent to use or to threaten to use deadly force.  Aggravated Kidnapping : Intentionally or knowingly [abducting] another person with the intent [for example] to hold him for ransom or reward … use him as a shield or hos- tage...inflict bodily injury.  Unlawful Transport : For pecuniary benefit [transporting] an individual in a manner that is designed to conceal the individual from … law enforcement authorities … and [creating] a substantial likelihood that the individual will suffer serious bodily injury or death.

Kidnapping/Abduction is defined by the Na- tional Incident Based Reporting System as “the unlawful seizure, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will or of a minor with- out the consent of his/her custodial parent or legal guardian.” The Texas Penal Code further divides this defini- tion into four categories: unlawful restraint, kidnap- ping, aggravated kidnapping, and unlawful transport. Please refer to Texas Penal Code Title 5, Chapter 20 for full definitions, but below are ab- breviated definitions of each:  Unlawful restraint: Intentionally or know- ingly [restraining] another person. Restrain: Restrict a person’s movements with- out consent, so as to interfere substantially with the person’s liberty, by moving the person from one place to another or by confining the

Of the 36 kidnapping offenses this quarter, 24 were unlawful restraints, 4 were kidnappings, and 8 were aggravated kidnappings. In 70 percent of all cases, the victim knew the suspect, 8 percent were known to be domestic-related, and in 51 percent of the cases, the victim was dating or married to the suspect at the time of the incident. In the First Quarter of 2017, forcible rape offenses increased 29.3 percent compared to the First Quarter of 2016. Of all forcible rape offenses, 78 percent were known offender-related , and 56 percent of all vic- tims were 17 years of age or under. The Sex Crimes Unit did not identify any serial offenders in the First Quarter of 2017. The Sex Crimes Unit continues the investigative process with the goal of bringing all perpetrators to justice. The “Other” forcible sex offense category includes forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. These offenses increased 20.6 percent in the First Quarter of 2017 and approximately 89 percent involved victims 17 years of age or under.

Figure 3 - 2015 to 2017 Citywide Crimes Against Persons

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First Quarter (January-March) 2017 Crime Report

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