The Baton Rouge man who disappeared in Houston on August 12th has been found.
His mother tells the Factor he was found walking near Texas Southern University where his uncle Darrell Asberry serves as head football coach.
The Factor has learned the team investigating the Sandra Bland death in Waller County is growing.
We’ve learned Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis has sworn in five new prosecutors.
Bland was found dead in her cell on July 13th. The Harris County Medical Examiner ruled her death a suicide.
Others in the community and around the country believe foul play is involved.
A federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against two Texas men alleging hate crime offenses for their roles in a Mar. 8, 2012, assault of a gay, African-American man in Corpus Christi, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
The indictment charges Jimmy Garza Jr., 32, and Ramiro Serrata Jr., 22, with conspiracy to commit hate crimes, a hate crime violation based on race and color, a hate crime violation based on sexual orientation and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. The indictment was returned under seal Aug. 12, 2015, and unsealed upon the arrest of Serrata, of Robstown, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason Libby today, at which time the government requested he remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings. A detention hearing has been set for Aug. 20, 2015. Garza, of Corpus Christi, is currently in custody on unrelated charges and is expected to be transferred to federal custody and make an appearance on these charges on Aug. 24, 2015.
The indictment alleges that on Mar. 8, 2012, Garza and Serrata conspired to assault a gay, African-American man because of his race, color and sexual orientation. According to the indictment, the defendants invited the man into an apartment in Corpus Christi then assaulted him while calling him racial and homophobic epithets. Over the course of approximately three hours, the conspirators allegedly punched and kicked the man and assaulted him with various dangerous weapons, including, among other things, a frying pan, a coffee mug, a belt and a chair. During the assault, the conspirators poured a household cleaning agent or chemical solution onto the man’s face and eyes, pistol whipped him with a handgun and whipped him with a belt, according to the allegations.
When the man began to bleed, the defendants allegedly forced him to remove all of his clothing and clean up the blood throughout the apartment. The indictment further alleges that after the man was completely naked, the defendants sodomized him using a broom or mop and another unknown object.
Throughout the assault, the conspirators repeatedly called the man racial and homophobic slurs and made other anti-black and anti-gay statements, according to the indictment. The conspirators also allegedly prevented the man from leaving the apartment by physical force and threats of force. The man eventually escaped the apartment by jumping out of a window.
If convicted, both Garza and Serrata face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Corpus Christi Resident Agency with assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez and Trial Attorneys Jared Fishman and Nicholas Durham of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Torrin Smith went missing on his birthday leaving wallet, keys, money, cell phone everything from his home in Baton Rouge, LA. He borrowed someone’s cell phone at that address on the flyer in Houston to make a call shortly after midnight the day he went missing. He called his Uncle Darryl who lives in the Houston area, but Darryl was in Galveston on business at the time. The owner of the cell phone called back and spoke with Darryl and let him know he was concerned and said Torrin seemed in a bad way and needed help. He tried to catch him and ask him to hang out until Darryl could get there, but Torrin had already left and couldn’t be found by the time the conversation had ended. Darryl is a football coach for Texas Southern and has always been a big part of Torrin’s life, we think that is why he might have gone to Houston.
Torrin has a disability which requires daily medication and he has not had the medication in several weeks. Mentally, off meds, Torrin is like a 12 year old and tends to walk incessantly. We think he might have hitchhiked with a truck driver to get to that location. He isn’t aggressive, just very skittish and afraid of people. We are afraid someone could have harmed him. They have not heard anything since that phone call and have been driving and searching the streets of Houston. We are trying to make as many people aware as we can, to see if anyone has seen him.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested and removed the 300th foreign fugitive apprehended by the agency since October 2014, which marked the start of fiscal year 2015.
“Arresting and removing these kinds of fugitives is the lifeblood of what our officers do every day,” said Executive Associate Director of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations Tom Homan. “Protecting the American people by taking dangerous criminal aliens off our streets has been and always will be our first priority.”
The 300th capture was Elmer Francisco Reyes, a 30-year-old Honduran man, wanted on a warrant for aggravated sexual assault by Honduran law enforcement authorities which issued a warrant for his arrest in August 2010.
Reyes entered the United States illegally and was removed to Honduras initially in May 2009. Reyes re-entered the U.S. and was re-arrested in Miami Beach, Florida in September 2014. He was issued a reinstated order of deportation and was referred for criminal prosecution.
In February 2015, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida convicted Reyes of illegal re-entry and sentenced him to four months imprisonment and three years supervised release. After sentencing, Reyes was transferred to the custody of Miami Dade Corrections pursuant to an outstanding armed robbery charge. Reyes was released by Miami Dade Corrections in April 2015.
On July 17, 2015, the ERO Miami Field Office Fugitive Operations Group along with the Miami Beach Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tracked Reyes to a Miami Beach, Florida, residence where he was arrested. Reyes was removed to Honduras July 31, 2015.
The majority of this fiscal year’s 300 arrests took place in California, Florida and Texas. The majority are violent criminals who had been convicted of or are wanted for crimes, which include 101 for murder, 15 for sexual offenses, 13 for assault, 10 for kidnapping and 13 for robbery.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,150 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with HSI’s Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States.
Charges have been filed against two suspects after shots were fired near a Houston police officer at 5300 Southwind Street about 5:10 a.m. on Saturday (August 15).
The shooter, Toney Jarrett Reese (b/m, 32), is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant. A second suspect, Jimmy Ray Williams (b/m, 38), is charged with felony evading in a motor vehicle. Photos of both suspects, each charged in the 180th State District Court, are attached to this news release.
The HPD officer in close proximity to the gunfire was not injured.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant K. Tolls and Senior Police Officer R. Cervantes reported:
An HPD officer was in his marked patrol car in the parking lot of a school at the above address when he observed a four-door sedan stop directly in front of his patrol car. The officer saw a muzzle flash and heard a gunshot coming from the sedan. The officer bent over and took cover in his patrol vehicle and heard two more gunshots. The officer rose up and followed the sedan to the corner of Southwind and St. Lo Road. At that time, the suspects led the officer on a short vehicle pursuit that ended in the 7200 block of Tobruk Lane where both suspects were arrested without further incident. The firearm used in the incident was recovered.
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a man found at 16102 Lazy Ridge Drive about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday (August 16).
The suspect, Donald Petty (b/m, 36) is charged with murder by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. He is accused in the killing of his brother, Damien Petty, 35, of the above address, who suffered blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A May 2015 photo of Donald Petty is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Harris and Officer D. Stark reported:
Damien Petty was found deceased in bed with trauma to his head. During the investigation, HPD patrol officers located Donald Petty with a hammer in his waistband. A murder warrant was issued and he was later taken into custody and booked into the Fort Bend County jail.
Houston rapper Paul Wall officially received his own day in Htown.
The proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker was presented by Houston City Controller Ronald Green declaring August 16th as Paul Wall Day.
It came during Wall’s school supply giveaway in Wiley Park with Sonjia Parker of Parents Against Predators.
Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department need the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects responsible for an Aggravated Robbery with a deadly weapon.
On December 19, 2014, at approximately 11:00 p.m., three suspects robbed a 26-year old female and a 27-year old male at an apartment complex parking lot in the 7200 block of Corporate Drive, in Houston, Texas. The three unknown black males approached the two complainants as they were exiting their vehicle. One of the suspects used a taser to threaten the complainants with physical violence while robbing them of their personal belongings. All three suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction of travel.
The first suspect is an unknown black male about 5’10”’ to 6′ tall.
The second suspect is an unknown black male about 5’6”’ to 5’7” tall.
The third suspect is an unknown black male.
The vehicle pictured below may have been involved in this incident.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online atwww.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.
A Salvadoran man wanted for aggravated homicide in his home country was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston.
This removal is the latest result of stepped up collaborative efforts to locate Salvadoran criminal fugitives in the United States and return them to El Salvador to face justice.
Alexander Pineda-Ponce, 33, was flown to El Salvador Aug. 14 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Pineda was turned over to officials from the El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
“Identifying and removing foreign fugitives from the United States is an ICE priority,” said Steven P. Boll, field office director of ERO Houston. “The cooperation between the United States and the El Salvadoran government resulted in this foreign fugitive being safely returned to his home country where he can face justice.”
Pineda was arrested by Deer Park PD after a traffic violation May 6 and released into ICE custody. That same day Pineda was screened through ICE’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which revealed that an Interpol warrant had been issued for his arrest by Salvadoran officials for homicide and murder. Pineda was previously deported twice from the U.S. in December 2001 and again in June 2011.
Pineda is the latest Salvadoran removal as part of ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Initiative. The SAFE Initiative is geared toward identifying foreign fugitives who are wanted abroad and removable under U.S. immigration law. In just three years, through the SAFE Initiative, ERO has removed more than 480 criminal fugitives to El Salvador. Those removed as part of the SAFE Initiative have been deemed ineligible to remain in the United States and were all wanted by PNC. SAFE aligns with ERO’s public safety priorities and eliminates the need for formal extradition requests.
In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. In addition to convicted criminals, the agency’s enforcement priorities include those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants — individuals who returned to the United States after being previously removed by ICE — and immigration fugitives. In fiscal year 2014, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities.