Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man who they say is preying on women in the Fifth Ward and is responsible for at least four sexual assaults in the past six weeks.
While the police sketch may bear a strange resemblance to Fred Durst, the '90s white-boy rock-rapper popular with aggro frat boys who like to break stuff, this guy is much, much more dangerous.
According to police, the tattooed suspect has been picking up women who are working as escorts in the Fifth Ward area, just northeast of downtown. The women were then driven to Penn City Road in east Harris County, where they were brutally physically and sexually assaulted.
Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino could've skated by four felony indictments by simply resigning, accepting a slap on the wrist, and copping to the equivalent of a traffic violation. But Trevino rejected the deal offered by the Harris County District Attorney's Office early this year, opting instead to go to trial late last week on corruption charges.
Well, that gamble backfired. Following opening arguments in his trial Friday, Trevino on Monday pleaded guilty to misapplication of fiduciary duty, a felony that could put him in prison for up to 10 years. Prosecutors alleged Trevino siphoned cash from his charity, the Constable's Athletic Recreational and Education Events Inc., to buy Lotto tickets and fund gambling trips to Louisiana. Prosecutors also accused Trevino of failing to report campaign cash contributions and for letting his on-the-clock deputies serve eviction notices for landlords.More »
A judge sentenced 28-year-old Heather Hodges Thursday to three years in prison following her guilty plea on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon on restricted premises. Hodges was arrested and charged in 2012 after planting a gun in the 13-year-old boy's backpack and then calling the school to get him caught.More »
There's nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned murder mystery, and when it comes to creepy cold cases, Houston has plenty of 'em to choose from.
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From the notorious I-45 "Killing Fields" to the grisly, gut-churning "Ice Box Murders," the Bayou City has been home to some seriously disturbing, and unsolved, murder mysteries.
But even with the vaults full of cold case files, there are five open murder cases, which span decades of Houston history, that we just can't seem to shake from our memories.
These are Houston's five most unsettling -- and unsolved -- murder mysteries. Time to sleep with the lights on, folks.More »
53-year-old Blasina Vargas, 63-year-old Luisa Vargas, 48-year-old Dolores Vargas and Ignacio Escandon are charged with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor, and one count of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens, authorities announced Wednesday.
Houston police have released surveillance video of someone wanted for questioning in the death of a man who was found bludgeoned to death in a downtown parking garage on Sunday night.
Police this week identified the victim as 27-year-old Cory Roussell, whose body was found at about 10:50 p.m. Sunday night on one of the parking garage floors of the CenterPoint building at 1111 Louisiana Street. Police say Roussell died from blunt force trauma to the head.More »
In recent months the Harris County District Attorney's Office has sent out hundreds of notices to defendants convicted of drug offenses, telling them that forensic lab reports show they were "convicted in error."
The Houston Press has obtained copies of those letters from Wayne Dolcefino, a former investigative reporter and consultant working with the Democratic DA candidate Kim Ogg, who's hoping to unseat incumbent Devon Anderson in next week's election.
The letters, which were sent between July and September 2014, show hundreds of defendants who took plea deals for misdemeanor and felony drug possession charges were later cleared when evidence tested by an HPD crime lab analyst came up negative for a controlled substance. Court records show that while prosecutors were notified several years ago that those tests came back negative, defendants weren't told until months ago.More »
A Houston woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the scalding death of a toddler whose injuries were so devastating that the skin around her elbows "slipped off" when she was removed from the boiling water.
20-year-old Carmen Pleasant was babysitting Nevaeh Cornwall, 2, and a younger sibling on July 31 when, according to court documents, she found the toddler in a tub full of scalding water so hot that the child eventually died from the injuries.