LEAGUE CITY — A dispute over the ownership of a luxury sedan led to felony charges against a man accused of impersonating a deputy while taking the automobile’s keys at gunpoint.

Curtis Andrew Wheeler, 43, of Houston was released from the Galveston County Jail on a $60,000 bond on Thursday, following his early morning arrest at a League City gas station, sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo said.

The sheriff’s office received a call at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday from a woman in the 200 block of Texas Avenue in Bacliff. She said a man wearing a police-type hat displayed a badge and brandished a pistol before taking the keys from her boyfriend, Jonathan Fleener, 19.

The woman had made a down payment to another woman, who was the registered owner of the Lexus. Authorities didn’t immediately know when the payment took place.

“Wheeler shows up in the 200 block of Texas where the woman that has possession of the car and her boyfriend stay,” Tuttoilmondo said. “He flashes the badge and, at gunpoint, takes the keys.”

Deputies accused Wheeler of telling Fleener someone would return for the Lexus. Wheeler then left the scene in a white Toyota truck, Tuttoilmondo said. Deputies also accused Wheeler of returning a short time later with the Lexus’ registered owner, with whom Wheeler is acquainted.

“The purchaser knows the woman and thinks she knows the guy and thinks he or she may work at a gas station near Highway 96 and Walker,” Tuttoilmondo said. “Deputies go to League City and find the suspect.”

Deputies looked in the car at the gas station in the 1700 block of West Walker, where they found a hat, a badge and a gun, Tuttoilmondo said.

“They found a cap displaying a Department of Corrections emblem, a gold state of Texas process server badge and a pistol, all matching the descriptions given by the victim, inside the suspect’s trunk,” Tuttoilmondo said. 

Wheeler works as a private process server with no law enforcement authority, Tuttoilmondo said. 

Deputies arrested Wheeler about 12:30 a.m. Thursday and, after consulting with a prosecutor, charged him with impersonating a public servant and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Tuttoilmondo said.

(3) comments

Island Bred

A process server that thinks he's a "good guy with a gun" Oh great.........BwaHaHaHahahahaha

Shoulda filled out an application for the gas station before he got hooked up - he'll need it.

George Croix

A lot of folks suspect that the disappearances of multiple young women along the I-45 corridor may be due to the actions of someone posing as a law enforcement officer.

Island Bred

That might be true but I doubt if this poe dunk is smart enough to get gear to look like a real LEO.

Read the story - a badge, a TDC cap, and hoopty ride??? He knew the woman the car belongs to. This is one of those Bacliff deals gone south and he was trying to help a gas station friend it sounded like.

Course the SO might be slick enough to pin anything on him - I don't know but I didn't read abduction in the story anywhere....

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