Video: Houston police searching for suspect in violent pistol whipping attack of store clerk

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HOUSTON, TX – Houston Police are currently seeking a suspect that was captured on surveillance video brutally attacking a convenience store clerk in early November. 

On November 7th, an employee for Jack’s Food Store located on the 8700 block of Mesa was stocking a cooler when the male suspected approached him and immediately struck him with a gun. 

The victim, as seen on surveillance footage, immediately begins bleeding from the head after the unprovoked attack. From there, the suspect brings the victim to the front counter of the store to begin unloading the cash register. 

According to police, the victim was struck numerous times after the first attack, causing several lacerations to the eye and nose area. After the robbery was commenced, the suspect was said to have fled in an unknown direction from the store. 

The description of the suspect is a black male, standing about six feet tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a white, long sleeve shot, green pants and a black and blue Chicago Bulls hat. 

Houston Police say the suspect is wanted for charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, but have yet to identify the suspect. 

Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of the suspect’s identity or whereabouts to please contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crime-stoppers.org.

Information leading to an arrest of the suspect can earn up to a $5,000 reward. 

In other investigations ongoing in Houston, police are also working on locating a suspect who murdered a local store clerk as he was getting dropped off to work. 

Here are the details on that ongoing investigation. 

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HOUSTON, TX – An at-large gunman who killed a 61-year-old store clerk has stoked the ire of the community who knew the victim well.  Even the leader of the New Black Panther Nation in Houston condemning the killer. 

Police in Houston are currently searching for the man who murdered 61-year-old Larry Lawrence on November 19th. According to police, Lawrence was being dropped off to work by his girlfriend, Gloria Alexander, at around 9:00 a.m. when the slaying occurred. 

Alexander said the gunman approached her car window, while Lawrence was still inside of the car, demanding money: 

“The guy was saying, ‘give me money, give me money.’”

From what Alexander said, Lawrence tried to gain the gunman’s attention away from her, making his way out of the car and walking onto the street. That’s when the gunman reportedly shot Lawrence in the back at the intersection of Jenson and Sumpter. 

Community outraged over at-large gunman who murdered store clerk: ‘You have nowhere to hide among us’
Fifth Ward murder suspect – YouTube screenshot

The victim’s girlfriend just can’t seem to make sense of the cold-blooded murder of Lawrence: 

“I don’t understand it that people could be so cruel. Get a job, don’t be running around hurting people for their little bit of money.”

Quanell X, the leader of the New Black Panther Nation in Houston, commented on the killing, saying that the suspect has nowhere to hide among the Fifth Ward: 

“You have nowhere to hide among us. It’s not safe for you in Fifth Ward. Fifth Ward will turn you over, turn you out and lay you down if necessary.”

Quanell X continued his admonishment for the senseless murder, calling the actions taken by the at-large gunman something “only a coward” would do: 

“I’ve always been told only a coward and a punk shoots a man in the back. And then while he lay on the ground you go in his pockets and rob him like an animal.”

Investigators are asking that if anyone has information about the suspect or his whereabouts to please call HPD’s homicide division at (713) 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on the murder of a Houston-area police informant allegedly committed by some illegal immigrant MS-13 gang members. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HARRIS COUNTY, TX- Five MS-13 gang members have been charged for the 2018 murder of an informant in Texas. All five of the gang members are illegal immigrants from El Salvador.

The MS-13 gang members Wilson Jose Ventura-Mejia (24), Jimmy Villalobos-Gomez (23),  Angel Miguel Aguilar-Ochoa (35), Walter Antonio Chicas-Garcia (23), and Marlon Miranda-Moran (21) were formally charged earlier in November.

The MS-13 members are charged with murder, in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder.

The illegal aliens allegedly worked together to murder Victor Castro-Martinez, who was acting as an informant for Houston Police Department. Castro-Martinez was hacked to death by multiple MS-13 members with a large machete. 

At the time of his death, the informant was wearing a wire for the Houston Police Department.

MS-13 is an increasingly violent and dangerous gang that has gained traction in several states. The indictment of the five gang members outlines:

“MS-13 is a violent international street gang involved in a variety of violent criminal activities, including murder and attempted murder, in the Southern District of Texas and elsewhere.

MS-13 members and associates are located throughout the United States, including Texas, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and California. MS-13 also has a large international presence in El Salvador and Honduras.”

The court document goes on to state that MS-13 commonly uses acts of violence to maintain their power and reputation:

“In order to protect the power, reputation, and territory of MS-13, members and associates are required to use violence, threats of violence, and intimidation.”

The document adds that machetes are often used by members to commit murder:

“These acts of violence often include murder and assault with deadly weapons, including machetes. MS-13 members and associates maintain and enhance their status in the gang by participating in such violent acts.”

All five of the MS-13 members charged in the murder of Castro-Martinez were immigrants from El Salvador who had been living illegally in Houston, Texas. A sixth gang member has been charged with the murder of an informant, but he is not currently in police custody.

The sixth accused murderer is 23-year-old Franklin Trejo-Chavarria. Trejo-Chavarria is also an El Salvador native and is currently serving a life sentence in the South American country for charges related to his time in the MS-13 gang.

Four of the gang members that have been charged with the murder of Castro-Martinez previously had a detainer placed on them by the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The detainer is designed to ensure that defendants facing serious charges remain in police custody. Illegal immigrants being held on detainer are made available to state courts for criminal hearings and prosecution.

A spokesperson for ICE told Breitbart:

“On Aug. 23, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged immigration detainers on three men from El Salvador: Wilson Jose Ventura Mejia, 22; Marlon Miranda Moran, 19; and Miguel Angel Aguilar Ochoa, 33. All three individuals remain in the custody of the Houston Police Department (HPD) on pending murder charges.”

The ICE spokesperson also said:

“On July 25, Carlos Henriquez-Torres, 18, also from El Salvador, was transferred into ICE custody from HPD pursuant to an immigration detainer. Henriquez-Torres remains in ICE custody.”

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