2017 4TH Quarter Crime Report

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

There were 37 Kidnapping/Abduction offenses in the Fourth Quarter of 2017 compared to 55 offenses in the Fourth Quarter of 2016, which is a decrease of 32.7 percent. 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 37 kidnapping offenses this quarter, 28 were unlawful restraints, 4 were kidnappings, and 5 were aggravated kid- napping. In 57 percent of all cases, the victim knew the suspect, 48 percent were known to be domestic-related, and in 39 percent of the cases, the victim was dating or married to the suspect at the time of the incident. In the Fourth Quarter of 2017, overall forcible sex offenses increased 17.3 percent, from 237 in 2016 to 278 in 2017. For- cible rape offenses increased 17.0 percent compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2016. Of all forcible rape offenses, 69 per- cent were known offender-related , and 53 percent of all victims were 17 years of age or under. The Sex Crimes Unit did not identify any serial offenders in the Fourth 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 17.5 percent from 137 offenses in the Fourth Quarter to 161 offenses in the Fourth Quarter of 2017 and approximately 83 percent involved victims 17 years of age or under. In the Fourth Quarter of 2017, nonforcible sex offenses decreased 23.5 percent, from 17 offenses in 2016 to 13 offenses in 2017. The majority of these offenses are considered statutory rape, which is defined as nonforcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Figure 4 - 2015 to 2017 Citywide Crimes Against Persons

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