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Kingwood teen facing multiple felony charges

Sunday, October 28, 2012

B.R. Kimbro

An 18-year-old Kingwood man was arrested on felony escape charges last week after he ran from a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy that was in the process of arresting him for a felony warrant at a Starbucks on Green Oak Drive, according to the Houston Police Department. The suspect, Joseph Edward Hoffman, was wanted by police for credit card abuse after using a stolen credit card at a local gas station, Harris County court documents show. The credit card was reported stolen Oct. 1 after a woman discovered the unauthorized transactions on her account and that her car had been burglarized in the 2500 block of Sherwood Hollow. According to HPD, Hoffman was seen on surveillance video making two unauthorized transactions with the stolen card at Speedy Stop on Northpark Drive. “The defendant is seen swiping the card and signing the receipt both times,” HPD police reports show. “[Hoffman] was alone during the first purchase that was made at about 2:39 a.m. [Hoffman] returned and made another transaction at 2:44 a.m.. This time [Hoffman] was accompanied by a [female] friend.” That female friend and her boyfriend allegedly were seen using he same card earlier at Porter Wal-Mart but charges are pending. Hoffman was eventually tracked down the same day he ran from the deputy at Starbucks and is being held at Harris County Jail on $7,000 combined bond. He is facing the felony charges of credit/debit card abuse and escape. These are the eighth charges in Harris County the teenager has faced this year since first being arrested as an adult in March.

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