Top 10 Katy News Stories of 2018


December 31, 2018

By Natalie Cook Clark

From unexplained deaths to robberies to post office nightmares, here's a local look back at some of Katy's most intriguing, interesting, and heartbreaking news stories of 2018.

1. Cinco Ranch Couple Ordered to Pay Enslaved Nanny $121,000

In January of 2018 a Canyon Gate couple was ordered to pay their nanny more than $121,000 in restitution. Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra Nsobundu, 49, also were sentenced to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years' probation.

The Nsolodus, who are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Nigeria, recruited the woman there with the promise of a $100 monthly wage which was never paid during the time she worked for them in their Canyon Gate home from September 2013 to October 2015. “The defendants knowingly caused a false visa application for the victim to be submitted to the Department of State with numerous pieces of false information," said the statement from federal prosecutors. In addition to making multiple false claims on government documents they had their nanny work in harsh conditions without pay. She was expected to work 20 hour days taking care of their five children and home.

The Nsobundus regularly threatened to send the nanny back to Nigeria if she did not comply with their labor demands. The couple prevented the nanny from leaving their home by taking away her passport and threatening her with physical and mental harm. After two years of enduring such treatment The nanny reached out for help and was rescued following a tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Her name has not been released.

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2. Good Samaritans Stop Robbery in Katy Grocery Store Parking Lot

On Monday, October 1 at around 6:30 pm, a couple shopping at Kroger witnessed a crime in progress and called 911. The incident happened at the Southpark Cinco Ranch location at 25050 Farm to Market 1093 near Spring Green. Some witnesses saw a suspicious man holding a black baton-type object walking in between cars.The witnesses thought he was looking to break into cars but then watched as the man turned and started following a teenage girl approximately 17-18 years old. The suspect then approached an older man and poked him with the weapon saying, "give me $25 or I'll kill you."