Houston officials have message for looters during Harvey flooding

Houston officials have message for looters during Harvey flooding

"People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey", Ogg said.

Houston has imposed an overnight curfew beginning on Tuesday night for an indefinite period amid incidents of looting, armed robberies and people impersonating police officers, city officials said. 9K police and fire working to serve.

"We stand behind all our law enforcement agencies and will support their decisions to shut down and immediately arrest suspected criminals during this hard time for our community".

In a somber news conference Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Perez's wife, Cheryl, had asked her husband not to report to work Sunday morning.

Search and rescue crews, including a dive team and a member of the "Cajun Navy", a Louisiana-based volunteer rescue force with their own boats, recovered the body of Perez from an underpass on Tuesday, Acevedo added. "We extend to them our prayers from the entire Houston community, and, quite frankly, even beyond", Turner said.

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He was two days shy of his 60th birthday.

"We look forward to giving this man the honor he deserves at his funeral". "We are a welcoming city, but we are not going to tolerate people victimizing others", Acevedo said.

"These rescue missions [have] been so heart wrenching for our officers", Acevedo said. "But I knew who Steve Perez was because Steve was a sweet, gentle public servant", he said, his voice breaking with emotion.

Mayor Sylvester Turner credited Perez for making "that extra effort" to get to work.

The newspaper says the department hasn't yet notified his family. "Sgt. Perez lost his life because he tried to make it happen, he tried to get at his post...that's the ultimate sacrifice".

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