Man seeks $2.5M from city of Houston over 2008 arrest
HOUSTON - A Houston man is suing the city of Houston for $2.5 million following his 2008 arrest for allegedly installing a tracking device in his wife's vehicle.
In recent court papers filed April 18 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Syed F. Ahmed asserts the city committed malicious prosecution against him.
Ahmed explains there was nothing illegal behind the installation since the 2006 KIA Spectra supposedly belonging to his estranged wife was purchased by him.
He adds though he is estranged from his spouse, there is no divorce on the record.
The suit says the plaintiff had evidence that no crime had been committed, but the Harris County District Attorney's Office accepted the charges and move to prosecute him.
Ahmed then went before a Harris County Criminal District Court judge who sentenced him to deferred adjudication.
The sentence ran through April 2010, and the following year, the complainant's conviction was overturned.
According to Ahmed, the ordeal in question inflicted "severe" mental and emotional distress onto him as well as made it difficult for him to get a job.
Consequently, he seeks $2.5 million in damages and a jury trial.
Attorney Deshonda Charles Tackett of The Tackett Firm PLLC in Houston is representing the complainant.
Case No. 4:13-CV-1111