HOUSTON, TX –A pregnant woman has been accused of killing her boyfriend after she found photographs that she did not like on his phone. Police arrested her on September 16th.
Police allege that the suspect, 36-year-old Mary Diaz, who was pregnant at the time, shot and killed her boyfriend, Christopher Jones, who was 58-years old earlier in the year. Diaz then allegedly left his decaying body in the home.
Affidavit: Pregnant woman shoots, kills boyfriend after finding photos on his phone https://t.co/dkHG4mK1XK
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Police responded to the Jones’ home on February 18th on Susanwood on the East Side, after family members reported that they had not heard from Jones in almost a month. When they responded, they smelled what they reported to be a foul odor and noticed flies on the windows.
Based on the suspicious circumstances, police forced entry and located Jones’ body on the floor. Police state that Jones’ body was decomposing and noted that there appeared to be a gunshot wound to his body.
Police asked the neighbors if they knew of anything regarding the circumstances leading up to Jones’ death. Police report that the neighbors alleged that Diaz was seen driving Jones’ vehicle around town a week or so before the body was located.
Police began researching Diaz in attempts to determine if she might be involved. They discovered that she had been arrested prior to the discovery of the body on January 29th for unrelated charges.
Police began looking to see what she had in her possession at the time of her arrest. They noted that Diaz had Jones’ wallet, credit cards, cellphone and car keys.
She had told police at the time of her arrest that she was trying to sell off Jones’ property because he had left her and gone to California or Ohio.
Instead of selling the property, Diaz reported that she had been robbed at gunpoint and the property was taken by the suspects in that case.
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Police were able to track Diaz down and interviewed her about Jones’ death. Diaz denied any involvement and maintained that she had believed he had fled the state.
Not satisfied with her answers, police were able to track down the people who had allegedly robbed Diaz of the gun and other items she was supposed to have been trying to sell. As a result, they recovered the gun in question and sent it off for ballistics testing.
Detectives could not have been more surprised when the results of the tests came back to confirm that the firearm was the one used in the shooting and killing of Jones – which makes it likely that the murder occurred in the month of January of this year.
Police continued their investigation and learned of a person who had spoken to Diaz shortly after they believe that Jones had been murdered. This person, who was not named, alleged that Diaz had come to their house after the incident and told them about it.
Diaz told the person that she had located pictures on his cell phone that she did not like.
However, there is no mention of what, exactly, those pictures may have been. The person also told police that Diaz had come to their house on the day they believe Jones was shot, and she smelled of alcohol.
The person alleges that Diaz was crying and that she had called 911 after the shooting. However, this claim has been debunked as there were no 911 calls on record during that time frame that matched up to what Diaz allegedly told this person.
Diaz was taken into custody for the murder of Jones. She is currently being held in the Bexar County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
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HOUSTON, TX –A man in Houston, Texas decided that it would be a good idea to commit an armed robbery, with a bb gun. The ploy may have worked, had he not walked into the wrong store, and the employee beat him with a fire extinguisher.
In yet another scene which should have been from the former television series, America’s Dumbest Criminals, Jacoby Silas walked into the 13100 block of South Post Oak Road and attempted the ‘armed’ robbery.
Silas allegedly placed the bb gun to the back of a person’s head just before 6am. At some point during the robbery, people working in the store figured out that it was a fake gun and boy did they let Silas have it.
The owners tackled Silas while a woman in the store locked the front door preventing any chance of escape. According to police, that’s the moment that the store owners/victims decided to continue fighting back, with a fire extinguisher.
It is unknown how badly Silas was injured, however, he was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. That could have been because of the beating he took from the fire extinguisher or because he allegedly told police that he was high on crystal methamphetamine at the time of the robbery.
Silas was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery, since, it does not matter if the gun was real or not at the time of the robbery or the attempt of one. What matters is if the victim believes that the weapon was real, in this case, they did, until they realized it was not.
A group of at least three criminals thought they were smart as the allegedly committed at least thirty residential burglaries.
Throughout their crime spree, the criminals thought they would get away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, guns, and other stolen items. Although, if they would have had a little intelligence, they would have at least had a shot at getting away with the crimes, if they were not wearing GPS monitors.
The multi-agency investigation, ran by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood Police and Margate Police Departments, joined forces to solve the series of crimes.
As probable cause was developed, three arrest and search warrants were authored and approved by a judge.
Officers from the agencies involved had to execute all warrants simultaneously, probably out of concern that by doing one at a time would afford the criminals a chance to escape or destroy evidence.
Police said that the three criminals, Zion Odain Denvor Hall, Tyrek Davontae Williams, and Tremaine Raekwon Hill, were all arrested for the burglary string.
Their arrest did not stem from some brilliant police investigation, (not a slight to the officers), but rather the tracking of the court ordered GPS monitors they were wearing while out on pretrial release.
Officer Christina Lata, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department said the alleged criminals had “committed these crimes while already on pretrial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors.”
Police said that the trio is “believed to be a part of a criminal organization committing burglaries, armed burglaries, fraud, gun thefts, and other criminal acts throughout South Florida.”
Officers were able to follow the alleged criminals via historical GPS records which placed them at each of the crime scenes. It was probably the easiest case to crack since the GPS placed them where each house was burglarized as well as where they went afterward to get rid of the stolen property.
Police were able to recover over $150,000 dollars in cash, firearms, cellphones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, ammunition, fraudulent credit and debit cards, blank checks, and a stolen vehicle.
Regarding the credit and debit cards, they were most likely termed as fraudulent because they had someone else’s personal identifiable information imprinted on the credit card, but the name of the suspect printed on the front.
This is a method used by identity thieves after they have hacked a victim’s personal information. The criminal imprints someone’s bank information and creates a credit card with their name on it.
That way they can use the credit card with the stolen information without raising suspicions while really charging a victim’s account instead of theirs.
The men who were arrested on August 14th were charged as follows:
Hall is charged with 35 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.
Williams is charged with 25 counts of burglary, grand theft and racketeering.
Hill is facing 19 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.
According to Hollywood Police, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said:
“This organized burglary ring stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns, jewelry and electronics from dozens of Florida homes.
They must have thought they were pretty smart, but clearly, they couldn’t outsmart our Statewide Prosecutors and the great police detectives who were able to use the suspects’ own GPS tracking devices to place them at the scenes of many of these burglaries.
This is another shining example of great police work removing criminals from society so they can no longer wreak havoc on the lives of law-abiding citizens.”
Police say that their investigation is far from over as they work to identify more suspects in this crime spree. They say that additional arrests may be coming in the near future.
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