The teen who fired a gun during a fight near Cy Lakes High School that left one person injured last month was arrested this week by HCSO deputies in an attempted burglary case.
John Randy Newkirk, 18, was arrested Tuesday, March 4, after he was caught trying to break into a home in northwest Harris County. His mug shot is attached.
Deputies had been looking for Newkirk as the suspect who fired a gun several times during a Feb. 21 fight in a field near the 19000 block of Sandelford Dr.
According to investigators the off-campus fight, which was witnessed by dozens, was between two students who’d been feuding since the day before.
Newkirk and the complainant, Aurelio Navarro, 19, are not students at the school but had shown up to the fight as ‘backup’ for one of the people involved. When Newkirk saw that Navarro was getting beaten badly, he discharged the gun several times.
No one was hurt by the gunfire. Navarro was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries from the physical altercation.
Newkirk is in the Harris County jail charged with discharge of a firearm in the first incident and criminal trespass for the attempted burglary. Investigators also believe Newkirk is responsible for other crimes in the area and additional charges may be filed.
“Parents, students, and the entire community are equally concerned about violence in our neighborhoods,” said Chief Alan Bragg with the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Police Department. “We all need to work together to help deter future violent incidents.”
“We value our partnership with the community, especially other law enforcement agencies,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “We will continue to work together to not only solve crimes, but make sure they don’t happen in the first place, and in order to do so we need everybody’s help.”
The HCSO is partnering with Cy-Fair ISD to extend iWatchHarrisCounty into all of its campuses. The partnership will allow students, staff, and parents to report crimes directly to Cy-Fair ISD Police Department directly via the HCSO’s free mobile phone app.