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Houston Police Department
News Releases
Monday, January 22, 2018

Houston police are investigating several incidents that took place during the weekend, including Saturday's fatal shooting of a man at 1514 Wirt Road.

Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 1514 Wirt Road
 
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 1514 Wirt Road about 6:50 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20).

The victim, Julio Mole, 36, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

HPD Homicide Division Officers D. Crowder and T. Fay reported:

Mr. Mole was outside his apartment on a second story balcony when he was shot multiple times.  Witnesses reported seeing a suspect, described only as a tall black male wearing dark sweat pants and a dark jacket, leaving the scene in a newer model black or dark-colored Toyota Camry.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigation into Shooting at 6005 South Gessner

Houston police are investigating the shooting of a man at 6005 South Gessner about 9:20 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20).

The victim, Enrique Espinoza, 28, was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening wounds.

HPD Major Assaults Squad Detectives A. Williams and L. Kauffman reported:

Mr. Espinoza was in his apartment courtyard at the above address when he was shot multiple times in the legs.  An unknown suspect then fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigation into Shooting Incident at 6901 Martin Luther King Boulevard
 
Houston police are investigating the shooting of two men at 6901 Martin Luther King Boulevard about 2:35 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 21).

The victims, Kedrick Howard, 24, and Leonard Jasmine, 26, suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

HPD Major Assaults Squad Detectives R. Montalvo and D. Nabors reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a reported shooting call at the above address.  Upon arrival, they learned both victims were shot when a dark-colored car drove past.  Mr. Howard suffered a graze wound to his head and was treated at the scene by Houston Fire Department paramedics.  Mr. Jasmine suffered a gunshot wound to his knee.  He was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-308-3600.

Investigation into Stabbing at 8325 Leawood Boulevard
 
Houston police are investigating the stabbing of a man at 8325 Leawood Boulevard about 1:05 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 21).

The victim, Archie Victor Lee, 30, was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

HPD Major Assaults Squad Detectives A. Ferrell and G. Black reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a reported stabbing at the above address.  Upon arrival, they found Mr. Lee inside a relative's residence.  Further investigation determined Lee had been approached by a known suspect and the two men began arguing.  During the argument, the suspect struck Lee in the head with a blunt object and stabbed him in the arm and hand.  The suspect then fled the scene.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigation into Man's Death at 6229 Richmond

Houston police are awaiting autopsy results in the death of a man who was found at 6229 Richmond about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20).

The victim suffered no obvious signs of trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity and cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn and Detectives J. Villareal and W. Huff reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a welfare check in room #306 of the Best Western located at the above address.  Upon arrival, they detected a strong odor coming from the room and knocked on the door.  When the officers received no response, a Best Western employee opened the door so the officers could perform a welfare check.  Upon entry, the officers observed the deceased lying on a bed in the room. 

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigation into Fatal Crash at 8400 Gulf Freeway

Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 8400 Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45) about 2:20 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20).

The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant R. Gonzales and Officer B. Roberts reported:

The driver of a black Chevrolet Camaro was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound at the above address when he struck a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck.  The pickup then struck a black Chevrolet Trailblazer causing it spin out of control and eject a rear seat passenger (victim).  The driver and front passenger of the Trailblazer fled the scene on foot. 

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Vehicular Crimes Division at 713-847-4072 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigation into Fatal Crash at 1000 Kirby Drive
 
Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 1000 Kirby Drive about 5:10 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 21).

The male victim, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant M. Warhol and Officer O. Sulaiman reported:

The victim was operating a black motorcycle northbound at the above address when he lost control and entered a grassy area of the middle median.  He drove down the median and, upon re-entering the roadway, crashed.  He was ejected from the bike and struck his head on the roadway.  He was not wearing a helmet.

No other motorists nor vehicles were involved in this incident.

The investigation is continuing.

Investigation into Fatal Crash at 14600 Hempstead Road

Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 14600 Hempstead Road about 2:25 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20).

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant R. Klementich and Officer J. Glenn reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to what was initially believed to be a fatal hit-and-run crash at the above address.  Based upon evidence at the scene and a witness' statement, further investigation revealed this does not appear to be the case.

A female witness told investigators she was being sex trafficked by the crash victim and the two had been at a nearby club when he began assaulting her.  She fled the club with the male pursuing.  During the pursuit, he continued to assault her.  A passing motorist witnessed the assault and stopped in an attempt to help.  The male began threatening the good Samaritan, stating he had a gun and was going to shoot him.  The male then reached towards his back waistband as if to retrieve a weapon.  The motorist, fearing for his life, re-entered his vehicle and began to drive away.  As he did so, the female tried to jump into the vehicle in an attempt to also flee.  The male then grabbed her and attempted to pull her from the vehicle.  As the good Samaritan drove away, both individuals fell to the ground.  According to the witness, the male then walked across the roadway where he collapsed and was pronounced deceased. 

The female was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.   

HPD investigators are asking the good Samaritan to contact police to provide a statement.

The investigation is continuing.



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