Felon with 8 prior convictions allegedly stabs man to death while out on bond for another charge: 'These judges need to be held accountable' https://t.co/sZrHXvbCmI
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The family of 62-year-old Greg Downs expressed their outrage as they mourn the loss of their beloved family member. Downs’ daughter said to reporters:
“[Hodge] showed up in a black mask, a bandana, and he was going door to door, allegedly trying to rob people.”
Downs was killed on November 3rd after crossing paths with Hodge, who was a wanted fugitive at the time for violating his bail conditions and failing to appear in court on other charges. Andy Kahan with Houston Crime Stoppers said in a statement:
“Basically from 2006 until right now, he’s been in and out of county jails and prisons. He’s got eight prior felony convictions.”
Hodge was granted bond for a felony evading arrest charge and had allegedly violated the bond within weeks of being free.
On November 3rd, he allegedly stole a car and showed up at a motel where he then went door to door robbing people. Downs, a good Samaritan, was outside and taking down the license plate number of the car used by Hodge.
Hodge caught sight of this and confronted Downs. A police report indicates that the men then “got into an argument, which led to a physical altercation” that eventually resulted in Hodge stabbing “Downs multiple times with a knife.”
One of Downs’ daughters, Ashley Ballesteros, said:
“It was George Hodge at the door and he had a knife, and started stabbing my dad.”
Downs was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries. Hodge was arrested after fleeing the scene.
The police report states that on November 3rd, Hodge had been hit with three new felony charges: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and felony evading arrest.
That information was released prior to the notification that Downs passed away. As of this writing, it is unclear what charges will be added, if any.
Ballesteros remains sad and frustration that a violent felon like Hodge was in any position to attack others in the community. She added:
“These judges need to be held accountable for granting people like George Hodge bond.”
According to Crime Stoppers, Harris County, part of Houston, has seen dozens of people killed since 2018 by suspects out on multiple personal recognizance bonds, just like Hodge.
In September, the group held its annual “Day of Remembrance” to honor those killed in the county over the past year. At the time, organizers said they declined to read aloud the name of each victim, as there were too many. Kahan said:
“Three or four years ago, we used to read off the names and ages of the homicide victims for that year. We can’t do that anymore because it would take hours.”
In addition to homicides rising in Harris County, reports show that domestic violence homicides, specifically, have dramatically increased in 2022.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, in a 24-hour span, Harris County saw three domestic violence homicides.
On Thanksgiving night, just before 9:30 p.m., 38-year-old Yonesty Montriel Granado allegedly went on a shooting spree inside a Spring Branch home. He reportedly hit four people, killing his ex-wife and one other.
The next day, November 25th, 22-year-old Lashawn Gray was killed by her ex-boyfriend on Point Park Lane. This incident happened just before 12:00 p.m.
A few hours later, on Kendal Ridge Lane, a man upset about his divorce was shot to death after he showed up at the house of his estranged wife. Maisha Colter, the CEO of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), said in a statement:
“Unfortunately, I’m not surprised. There has been a significant rise in the number of domestic violence incidents in Harris County, and unfortunately the number of homicides have increased year over year.”
She said just this year, they are aware of at least 70 domestic violence homicides, adding:
“I am very discouraged. We have a lot of work to do in our community in terms of letting people understand how significant it is. Domestic violence is very, very unfortunately common.”
Statistics how that these violent incidents get worse during the holiday season. Colter said:
“Sometimes those close quarters and those close dynamics bring on the level of stress that we’re not equipped to deal with.”
If you are someone you know is in immediate help, contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 713-528-2121.
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