By Miya Shay
Monday, November 16, 2015
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Anastasia and Dmitry Gudkov know all too well about threats and violence in their homeland.

“It’s a difficult situation in my homeland, Ukraine,” said Anastasia.

So when the attacks struck Paris, they were relieved to be in Texas.

“It could happen anywhere,” said Dmitry, “But we feel much safer here, than be in Europe, and Europe is much prone to terror attacks because so close to the Middle East.”

Rob Kimmons, a local security expert, says even though the security risk may be lower in the United States, it’s always important to be prepared.

“Put a plan in mind just as if you’re on an airplane, what you’re going to do, if something happens. Where are the exits, where are the security checkpoints,” said Kimmons.

Kimmons says it’s not a matter of if, but when, a terrorist attack will occur on US soil again. His advice, even for people who conceal and carry guns, to always run from a threat first.

“Fleeing is the first option, hiding is the second, if you hide you need to be quiet, turn off the ringer.”

Meanwhile, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department says it is in constant communications with state and federal authorities, however there is no active credible threat.

“We have not yet identified any threats that would cause us to heighten our state of alert or readiness if you will. There an ongoing effort to maintain terrorist watch activities in the area,” said Sheriff Ron Hickman.


By Jessica Willey
Friday, April 08, 2016
HOUSTON (KTRK) — A Houston widow was swindled out of thousands of dollars by a man she met on Facebook.

The 74-year-old wants to remain anonymous because she’s embarrassed but she also wants to tell her story to warn others. There are hundreds of online dating scams and she is now a victim.

“She was actually the third (client). I had two others and they lost more,” said Rob Kimmons, a former Houston police officer turned private investigator. Even Kimmons is surprised by how rampant the scam is.

The woman says she got a friend request on Facebook from a man calling himself Brock Carl. They first communicated on Facebook. He would also comment on posts she had commented on and they hadmutual friends, or so she thought.

“He was very carefully and very professionally insinuating himself into my life,” she said.

The two eventually started talking on the phone. It was three months before he asked for money saying it was for a business deal in India. He sent her a copy of what she thought was his passport. It earned her trust. By then, she also thought she was in love.

“He’s a fabulous actor.”

She sent him more than $60,000 in several wire transfers. None of it was real. After investigating, Kimmons believes the money went to Nigeria.

“If you’ve never met them and you’re talking on social media and they ask for money, stop it right there,” Kimmons said.

This victim has lived and learned.

“I hate it. I’m sorry I got sucked in, but I won’t lose another penny. I would assure you that.”