HOUSTON (FOX 26)
A police car chase in Southeast Houston turns into a stand-off just steps from Woodson Leadership Academy. It started on Airport Boulevard when a Houston officer observed a car with a paper license plate. The officer tried to stop the driver but investigators say the man in the silver Lexus continued to drive away and led officers on a vehicle chase.
The SkyFOX news helicopter captured aerial images of the Lexus with its bumper dragging throughout a parking lot and residential neighborhood in southeast Houston. The chase, which Houston police reported at around 1:20 p.m. Thursday, finally ended on Carlton Street near South Acres in the historic Sunnyside district within 15 minutes when the car stopped, though the driver had refused to exit the vehicle.
The driver’s mother, Mary Bass, 74, lives in the neighborhood and soon arrived at the site of the standoff. Bass says her son, 47-year-old Roderick Marshall, suffers mental illness and drug abuse.
"He went off and got on that stuff," said Bass with tears in her eyes. When asked if she thought he has a drug problem, she replied, "Yes, because he’s depressed, because he knows he’s about to go back to prison. He doesn’t want to go. I did all I could as a mother. I still love my child. I love him.”
The Houston Police Department Crisis Intervention Team was called in during the standoff because Bass told officers that her son suffers from mental illness. After around 40 minutes, Marshall finally stepped out of the car and surrendered to police. Police say the man was taken to jail and will be evaluated but did not release what he is charged with.
Marshall spent 17 years in prison for a robbery conviction. He has been free from prison for eight years but two years ago he was charged with aggravated assault and Bass says he’s out on bond for that charge. She fears he’s headed back to prison.
"It’s horrible," said a crying Bass. "That’s my child and I’ll never see him no more again. He’s gone for good.”