09/19-Crash 10-50 Minor – Officer on duty dispatched to a minor crash report. Upon arrival at the location no injuries were reported by either driver and information was exchanged.
Monday, September 11
7:16 AM – FM 2790 @ Main St. – Officer responded to a two-vehicle injury accident.
1:45 PM – 15000 Blk. Main St. – Officers responded to inspect the business for their certificate of occupancy.
09/14-Criminal Mischief – Officer on duty responded to a report of a vehicle which had been parked at the same location for at least a month.
09/14-Wanted Person – Officer on duty observed a subject who had an active felony warrant. The subject was stopped, arrested and taken to Medina County Jail for processing of the subject.
11:25AM – Found red lunch box with passport on Hwy 173.
21:00PM – Female subject was cited and released for theft of $91.54 on IH 35 S.
23:28PM – Complainant on Rossville Rd called regarding vehicle on side of road. Vehicle stolen out of San Antonio by 16 year old male and in possession of a stolen firearm. Subject detained in Jourdanton Juvenile Detention Center.
10:18AM – Complainant on St Hwy 173 N called regarding large trucks going over speed limit and changing in and out of lanes.
On Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 1600 hours Hondo Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to Medina Regional Hospital after an adult male and adult female arrived with apparent stab wounds.
PRESS RELEASE by Mark Haby, Medina County Criminal District Attorney
A 19-YEAR-OLD SAN ANTONIO MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE MURDER OF ELIJAI ALTON CHANDLER AFTER A MEDINA COUNTY JURY REJECTED HIS CLAIM OF SELF-DEFENSE.
Jeremiah Jordan Brown
Jeremiah Jordan Brown, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was with the 24-year-old victim during a shooting at an East-Side Valero Gas station in the early hours of February 6th, 2022, in which one man was wounded and taken to the hospital, though he did survive his injuries. Brown and the victim immediately fled the area until they found a dark service road in Castroville, Texas, where they then attempted to dispose of and bury the gun used in that earlier shooting.
Testimony from the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy revealed that the victim had been shot in the head seven times with no evidence of defensive wounds. Brown fled the scene in the victim’s car, taking the gun with him and ultimately disposing of it, resulting in additional charges for Tampering with Physical Evidence and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.
The Texas Rangers were called in to investigate the discovery of the victim’s body, which was found by a hiker less than 100 yards from Highway 90 and just down the hill from the well-known Hillside Boutique & Spa. Through an investigation involving numerous interviews & review of cell phone evidence that lasted more than 30 straight hours, investigators identified Jeremiah Brown as the shooter. Both in his interview with the Rangers, as well as at trial, Brown and his defense team claimed he acted in self-defense, arguing that he was acting in “sudden passion” after seeing his biological sister’s new boyfriend get shot at the San Antonio area gas station. Evidence from Brown’s cell phone, as well as interviews with family members who saw Brown after the shooting, revealed that he sought to avoid being tied to the first shooting, telling others that he didn’t know where the victim was and that he had last seen him when he abandoned him at a convenience store.
After three full days of testimony, the jury deliberated on Brown’s guilt for less than two hours on Friday, August 11th, swiftly rejecting his claim of self-defense. The court immediately moved to the punishment phase, which concluded on Monday, August 14th. Brown was sentenced to 30 years for Murder, 10 years for Tampering with Physical Evidence (the maximum allowed by law), and 2 years for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle (also the maximum allowed by law). Brown must serve half his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
“Our community has begun to feel the effects of crime spilling over from San Antonio, and this verdict sends a strong message to any would be criminals that they will be held accountable” said District Attorney Mark P. Haby.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Christian Neumann & Jeff Diles, while Brown was represented by the Hill Country Regional Public Defender’s Office.
Officer on duty handled a telephone call asking for a report to be taken about several individuals who had been entering the complainant’s residence while she was sleeping and taking her property. The Officer took the report telephonically and filed the report.
08/07- Welfare Concern
Officer on duty conducted a requested welfare check. Upon arrival at the location contact was made with the subjects who appeared to be safe and voiced no concerns.
08/08- Injury to Elderly
Officer on duty was dispatched to a residence in Natalia. Upon arrival at the location the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised the Officer that the elderly resident had been assaulted by a family member. The Officer took all the information regarding the suspect and took the report.
Officer on duty responded to a dispute between a landlord and tenant involving a food stamp card.
Officer on duty assisted driver of a broken down truck on the bridge that had been traveling west bound. The Officer arrived at the location and provided traffic control until a tow truck arrived to remove the broken down truck from the bridge area.
Officer on duty was called to provide assistance to a Love’s store employee who had accidentally been locked in the storage room. Upon arrival at the location the Officer was able to get the storage door open and free the employee locked inside without incident.