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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Thursday, October 20, 2011

SHERIFF, INVESTIGATOR DETAIL NEW CHARGES AGAINST SERIAL ATTACKER

Houston – Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and HCSO Homicide Lt. Rolf Nelson today announced new murder and aggravated assault charges from 2002 against Steven A. Hobbs, who is in jail already facing charges of capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault and kidnapping of women in the eastern part of the county in 2010 and 2011.

The latest charges mean Hobbs, a 40-year-old private security guard, is accused of attacking at least six women -- most or all of them prostitutes -- during the last nine years. Sheriff’s investigators and other area law enforcement agencies are now reviewing similar unsolved cases for any links to Hobbs, whose DNA matched evidence found at the scene of the two killings.

“Steven Hobbs is a predator, and he’s been a predator for at least a decade,” Nelson said.

Sheriff Garcia exhorted anyone with information about these or similar attacks to call sheriff’s investigators (713-967-5810) or Crime Stoppers of Houston (713-222-TIPS) or send a text message through a smart phone application accessible at iWatchHarrisCounty.com

The sheriff also praised his agency’s homicide investigators, including the Cold Case unit, which he revived when he took office in 2009. The cold case team has solved at nine homicides in which investigations had been dormant; other detectives identified Hobbs as a suspect in the 2010 case and obtained a DNA sample from him.

Attached are a photograph of Patricia Pyatt, the victim in the 2002 murder; two photographs of Sara Sanford, the victim in the 2010 capital murder; a 2000 photo of Hobbs and a 2011 photo of Hobbs.


Patrica Pyatt




Sara Sanford




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