HOUSTON - Three people, including two former
officers, are now in custody in relation to the fatal raid that occurred in
January 2019 on Harding Street in Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Patrick along with Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department
of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner
of the FBI.
A federal grand jury returned the nine-count
indictment Nov. 14 against Gerald M. Goines, 55, and Steven
M. Bryant, 46, both former Houston Police Department (HPD) officers. Also
charged is Patricia Ann Garcia, 53. All are residents of Houston. The
indictment was unsealed this morning as authorities took
all three into custody. They are expected to make their initial appearances
before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena H. Palermo at 2 .m. today.
The federal indictment stems from the Jan. 28 narcotics raid HPD
conducted on the 7800 block of Harding Street in Houston. The enforcement
action resulted in the deaths of two residents at that location.
Goines is charged with two counts of depriving the victims’
constitutional right to be secure against unreasonable searches. The
indictment alleges Goines made numerous materially false statements in the
state search warrant he obtained for their residence. The execution of that
warrant containing these false statements resulted in the death of the two
individuals as well as injuries to four other persons, according to the
Goines and Bryant are charged with obstructing justice by
falsifying records. Goines allegedly made several false statements in his
tactical plan and offense report prepared in connection with that search
warrant. The indictment alleges Bryant falsely claimed in a
supplemental case report he had previously assisted Goines in the Harding
Street investigation. Bryant allegedly identified a brown powdery substance
(heroin) he retrieved from Goines’ vehicle as narcotics purchased from the
Harding Street residence Jan. 27.
Goines is further charged with three separate counts of obstructing
an official proceeding. The federal grand jury alleged Goines falsely stated
Jan. 30 that a confidential informant had purchased narcotics at the Harding
Street location three days prior. He also falsely stated Jan. 31 a
second confidential informant purchased narcotics at that residence that day,
according to the charges. On Feb. 13, he also falsely claimed he
had purchased narcotics at that residence on that day. The indictment
alleges none of these statements were true.
The charges against Garcia allege she
conveyed false information by making several fake 911 calls. Specifically, on
Jan. 8, she allegedly made several calls claiming her daughter was
inside the Harding Street location. According to the indictment, Garcia added
that the residents of the home were addicts and drug dealers and that they had
guns – including machine guns – inside the home, according to the indictment.
The charges allege none of Garcia’s claims were true.
If convicted of the civil rights charges,
Goines faces up to life in prison. Each obstruction count carries a
potential 20-year sentence, while Garcia faces a five-year term of imprisonment
for conveying false information.
The FBI is conducting the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alamdar S. Hamdani, Arthur R. Jones and Sharad S.
Khandelwal are prosecuting the case along with Special Litigation
Counsel Jared Fishman of the department’s Civil Rights Division.