Harris County Sheriff Deputies honored by LSC-University Park President

Lone Star College-University Park President Shah Ardalan paid tribute to three Harris County Sheriff deputies during the February meeting of the Houston North West Chamber of Commerce.

Ardalan, the Chamber’s chair-elect, thanked deputies Bryan Cross, Luke Ditta and Brandon Herlong for their work that led the arrests of five suspects in an armed robbery.

On the morning of Jan. 15, the deputies responded to the scene of an armed robbery at the Radio Shack at 16840 Stuebner Airline. Four individuals had robbed two employees of their personal belongings. After forcing the employees into a back room, the robbers took cash and merchandise from the store. One of the employees, who cut himself as he tried to escape through the front door, was narrowly missed when one of the robbers shot at him.

When Deputy Cross arrived at the scene, the store manager told him that one of the stolen cell phones could be tracked through a mobile application. Deputies Ditta and Herlong tracked the location of the phone to an apartment complex where one of suspects was seen running into an apartment. The officers entered the apartment and found four suspects and the alleged get-away driver hiding in a bedroom. The officers also recovered property from the Radio Shack, along with personal belongings of the employees and weapons matching the description of those used in the robbery.

“This is a great example of what can be accomplished when the community assists law enforcement with their endeavors,” Ardalan said.

LSC-University Park sponsors the monthly recognition to outstanding service by law enforcement officers.

LSC-University Park is the sixth LSCS campus located in the former Compaq Computer’s world headquarters complex. The 71-acre campus houses four university partners, a charter high school, several business partners, Lone Star Corporate College and the LSC Energy and Manufacturing Institute. Under the first President, Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park’s vision is to be nationally recognized as the model for the innovative college of the 21st century. In just two years, LSC-University Park’s Invitation-2-Innovate (i2i) has resulted in many local, national and global recognitions, including one patent. The campus is located at the corner of State Highway 249 and Louetta Road across from Vintage Park. For more information about LSC-University Park, call 281.290.2600 or visit LoneStar.edu/UP.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.