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Houston Police Department
News Release
Friday, October 28, 2011

Charges have been filed against a woman wanted in the fatal stabbing of a man at 6403 West Airport Boulevard on Sept. 16.

Angel Lee Rankin (b/f, DOB: 7-8-77) is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court.  She remains at large at this time.  A photo of Rankin is attached to this news release.

The victim, Steven Christopher Willis, 23, of Houston, suffered a stab wound to the upper chest and was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead on October 11.

HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officers E. Castaneda, T. Andrade and B. Evans reported:

Mr. Willis was contacted by his girlfriend after her vehicle broke down and his help was requested in a parking lot at the above location.  Willis arrived and discovered his girlfriend attempting to use a paring knife to manipulate the hood release of her vehicle.  Willis approached his girlfriend to assist her in her attempts to open the vehicle's hood, which had been damaged from a previous motor vehicle accident and was difficult to open.  While assisting his girlfriend in her attempts to gain access to the vehicle's hood, Willis sustained a single puncture wound to the upper chest.  His girlfriend transported Willis to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to repair a punctured aortic ventricle.  

Further investigation identified Rankin as a suspect in this case and, on Oct. 27, she was charged with murder. 

Anyone with information on Rankin's whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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