Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan successfully petitioned today for a permanent injunction that stops 47 named members of the notorious Bloods and Crips street gangs from entering a north Harris County community known as the East Aldine Safety Zone.
Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan of the 164th Civil District Court had ordered a temporary injunction for these same individuals in March; today, she made the injunction permanent.
The East Aldine Safety Zone is located east of Highway 59 and south of Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Safety Zone contains two schools (Francis Elementary and A&W Academic Academy), apartments, restaurants, a residential community and retail stores. The map can be viewed at
Gang specialists for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department, as well as apartment security staff and management, testified before the court regarding criminal activity at apartment complexes, including violence-plagued Haverstock Hills Apartments, within the Safety Zone.
Ryan’s Office worked with the East Aldine Management District in preparation of the court petition. The Office won a similar injunction last year against other members of the Crips and Bloods that banned them from the Brays Oaks Safety Zone in southwest Houston.
The permanent injunction states that the defendants have been regularly engaging in gang activities in this community, including weapons offenses, criminal trespass, possession of illegal substances, and making terroristic threats. The injunction bans the included gang members from being physically present in the Safety Zone.
The Petition is available at