HCSO Homicide investigators have arrested 3 individuals in connection to the Dec. 21, 2012 murder of Joshua Wood. Mr. Wood was killed by suspects demanding the pair of Air Jordan shoes he and a friend had just purchased.
All three suspects have been charged with capital murder. They are (photos attached as jpeg attachments):
Neal Bland               DOB 12/21/1994
Anthony Wade     DOB 5/7/1993
Keagean Arrington        DOB 8/9/1993
The shooting happened Friday, December 21, 2012 at around 10:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Plumwood Dr.
According to investigators Mr. Wood and a friend (the driver) went to Willowbrook Mall to buy several pair of ‘Air Jordan’ shoes. They headed home in a vehicle.
As the driver pulled up to the front of his home, a vehicle pulled up in front of his car. An armed suspect exited the car and demanded the shoes that had been purchased.
The driver took off running on foot, with the suspect shooting after him, leaving Mr. Wood, the passenger, in the car. As the driver was knocking on a neighbor’s door looking for help, he heard another set of shots. According to investigators, those shots were fired at Mr. Wood in the car by the second suspect.

Mr. Wood, who was trying to get behind the wheel of the car to escape, drove away wounded. He crashed in between two houses and hit a gas line. He was taken to Houston Northwest Hospital where he died. The driver was not hurt.


  1. Tia January 2, 2013 12:25 pm 

    We live in a sick world. I hope seeing these hoodlums brought to justice gives the Woods family some kind of solace.

  2. Karen Washington January 2, 2013 12:56 pm 

    They need to be hanged….just skip the the doggone trail and wasting (my taxpaying money) find the highest tree on the outskirts of Houston and Hang ’em high! It’s just pitiful how these young thugs have no regards for human life!! And, yes I’m a Black woman, that said, “Hang them from the highest tree!”

  3. Traneka Rene January 2, 2013 1:47 pm 

    Wow, what sad news to hear. I’m in South Korea and I can’t believe this horrible thing happened to this innocent young man. Look at all of the birthdays of the children that did this. Horrible. Young and dumb. They will regret this decision they made.

    We as a community should come together and teach our children that material things don’t make you who you are. It starts with the parents. Parents start by buying children all these expensive things and then when they can’t afford it anymore, some do whatever possible to get it. Look where this mindset gets us. Another death, over what? A pair of shoes that cost $150 to you and $10 to make in Asia. The true value is $15-$20. Wow.

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