Man released on bond despite mother’s objections gets into shootout with cops after violent carjacking

HOUSTON, TX – In 2019, a man posted bail while facing assault charges, but his mother begged the judge to revoke his bond, which was initially granted.

Then, despite the suspect’s mother’s pleas, his bond was reinstated, which police say led to a violent carjacking and a shootout with officers.

Back in September of 2019, 28-year-old Danielle Pope was arrested and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. At the time, his bail was set for $40,000 – which he ultimately posted and regained his freedom while that case was pending. 

According to Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers, that’s when Pope reportedly started engaging in various thefts in order to support his alleged drug habit: 

“All of a sudden, the court gets a letter from his mom.”

That letter sent to Harris County 174th Criminal District Court Judge Hazel Jones, detailed that the woman’s son, Pope, was tantamount to being a menace to society. 

At the time, Judge Jones had heard the mother’s pleas out, and revoked Pope’s bond – landing him right back in jail. However, come November of 2020, Pope’s bail was once against reinstated – and without really any good rationale as to why, by Judge Jones. 

Come January 11th, Pope had allegedly upped the ante of his criminal exploits. Police say that Pope had held a man, his girlfriend and the girlfriend’s daughter at gunpoint during a carjacking. 

According to Assistant DA Joseph Sanchez, who noted that Pope is now facing at least “five violent offenses”, allegedly threatened to shoot the child inside of the vehicle:

“I believe his statement was something to the effect, I swear to God, I’ll shoot her, referring to the child.”

After the alleged armed carjacking, police said that Pope was pulled over after officers observed him traveling at roughly 100 miles per hour. Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief, Troy Finner, stated that the suspect then opened fire on officers: 

“The suspect immediately got out of the vehicle and started firing upon our officers…One of our officers returned fire striking the suspect.”

Kahan with Crime Stoppers explained that this all could’ve been avoided, had Judge Jones simply listened to Pope’s mother:

“None of this would have happened if the court would have listened to mom. Mom knows best.”

Assistant DA Sanchez agreed with those earlier sentiments as well, commenting: 

“It is pretty eyebrow raising and given the allegations in the new case, it’s kind of hard to disagree with her.”

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This isn’t the only recent case in Houston regarding suspects bonded out who later went on to allegedly commit other offenses. In fact, one suspect let out of jail on bond is currently at-large and wanted for murder. 

Here’s that report from December. 

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HOUSTON, TX — A 21-year-old man, who was afforded bond earlier this summer for felony offenses, is now wanted by Houston Police for an alleged murder that he committed in December while out on bond. 

Back in July, 21-year-old Luis Rey Ybarbo was on probation for aggravated robbery when he was charged with allegedly carrying a gun in a vehicle. 

He was arrested and the previous bond was revoked. However, Ybarbo would eventually see his bond get reinstated months later. 

Andy Kahn from Crime Stoppers expressed his frustrations regarding what Ybarbo committed while out on bond, noting that it could have been easily prevented: 

“They had him, that’s what makes this so frustrating. They had him where he couldn’t commit additional crimes.”

Despite Ybarbo already being on probation and getting a weapons violation charge while serving said probation, Criminal District Court Judge Ramona Franklin reinstated Ybarbo’s bonds on October 17. 

Since Ybarbo had his bond reinstated, he has reportedly racked up four additional felony charges. Those charges include aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault on a family member, and murder. 

Louis Rey Ybarbo mugshot
Louis Rey Ybarbo — Houston Police Department

Kahn stated the incident related to the aggravated assault on a family member involved Ybarbo beating this then-girlfriend after his release on bond:

“[H]e took a barrel of a gun and clocked his then-girlfriend several times and then threatened to kill her.”

According to the murder charge, Ybarbo is the alleged gunman behind the killing of 18-year-old Macario Deleon, which occurred earlier in December. 

Kahn believes that none of this should have happened: 

“None of this should have ever happened. That’s what makes it so frustrating.”

It’s not just Kahn who is admonishing the judge who reinstated Ybarbo’s bail in this case, but also Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

DA Ogg spelled it out plainly when speaking on the matter recently: 

“I think it’s important for the public to know who’s responsible and it’s judges.”

Apparently, both DA Ogg and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo are at their wit’s end regarding judges reinstating bail for alleged violent offenders. 

The Harris County DA says that examining ways to deal with bond issues is going to “be front and center” in 2021:

“I think as we go into this new year, this bond issue, repeat violent offenders out on the street to kill others is going to be front and center in criminal justice reform.”

The judge behind Ybarbo’s release on bond said she would not comment on his latest charges. 

Police have yet to apprehend Ybarbo on the latest charges. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect, or details on the investigation, is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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