For Immediate Release
October 23, 2023

MCTXSheriff Arrests Three for Burglary of a Vehicle, Theft of a Firearm and Evading Arrest

On October 25, 2023, at around 3:00 a.m., Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office District 3 Patrol were dispatched to the 20300 block of Presley Grove in Porter, Texas, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. While responding to the area, multiple callers contacted dispatch, stating the occupants of the suspicious vehicle were burglarizing cars in the area.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop, however, the driver failed to stop and attempted to evade responding units. Deputies pursued the vehicle for several miles before the driver lost control, crashing into a curb and hitting a stop sign at the intersection of Mills Branch and Ramrock Drive.

With the assistance of the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Office, Sheriff's deputies detained all three occupants of the vehicle. After a thorough investigation, deputies arrested 19-year-old Hudson Bell, 19-year-old Laila Tripp and 18-year-old Benjamin Moralez.

All parties were charged with two counts of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Theft of a Firearm. Bell received an additional charge of Evading Arrest with a Vehicle. All three were taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

From left to right. Booking photos of Hudson Bell, Laila Tripp, and Benjamin Moralez.

Information Source
Specialist Miranda Hahs
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Services Division

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