HOUSTON (FOX 26) - District Judge Steven Kirkland has issued a temporary restraining order as part of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg's effort to cease operations at Bombshells Restaurant & Bar in southeast Houston. The order bans the establishment from selling alcohol.
“Given the number of crimes committed by intoxicated Bombshells patrons, this place is a crime factory,” said Ogg. “In addition to holding individual drunks accountable for their carnage, we want to stop the mayhem at its source.”
The issued order is part of Ogg's task force that begins its work at the scene of intoxicated driving crashes and then works to determine when and where the alcoholic beverages were consumed.
Vehicular Crimes Chief Sean Teare filed a motion that declares the Bombshells Restaurant & Bar on Gulf Freeway near Fuqua Drive has a documented history of serving alcohol to drunk and underage people while allowing a wide range of crime on the premises. At least 90 people have been arrested at the business since it opened, according to Teare's 52-page-long motion.
Law enforcement officers have arrived to Bombshells in response to reported shooting, assaults, aggravated robberies and other crimes. Members of street gangs have been arrested at that bar.
Houston police have recorded plenty of criminal incidents there since 2014.
“This is not about going after responsible, law-abiding establishments,” said Teare. “This is about shutting down one of the worst offenders in the county. This is about stopping mayhem and carnage.”
In addition to the temporary restraining order, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is seeking a temporary, and ultimately a permanent injunction to close the bar. The Bombshells location named in the motion is owned by BMB Dining Services, and is independent of other Bombshells located in the Harris County area. The next step is a temporary injunction hearing on June 29 in which evidence, including witnesses would be presented for a judge.