Monday, October 26, 2020

Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 6900 North Shepherd Drive

 Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in a fatal crash that occurred at 6900 North Shepherd Drive about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday (October 24).

Rickey Caballero, Jr. (H/m, 31) is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the 248th State District Court. 

The identity of the deceased female victim, 50, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant G. Clark and Officer D. Jones reported:

Caballero was driving a black GMC Yukon southbound at the above address at a high rate of speed.  Caballero failed to control his speed and struck the rear of a white Chevrolet Malibu.  The driver of the Malibu (victim) and a male passenger, 54, were transported to Houston Northwest Hospital where the victim was pronounce deceased.  Caballero showed signs of intoxication and was arrested and charged for his role in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.

Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 6500 Wanda Lane

 Houston police have arrested an adult male and two male juveniles in the shooting incident that occurred at 6500 Wanda Lane about 5:15 p.m. on Friday (October 23).

Angel Gutirrez (H/m, 19), is charged with misdemeanor unlawful carrying of a weapon in Harris County Criminal Court #6.  A booking photo of Guitirrez is not available at this time.

Two juvenile suspects, ages 14 and 15, were referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon. 

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers M. Althaus and Z. Brumley reported 

Gutierrez and three juveniles were sitting in a vehicle at the above address passing handguns to each other and taking photos of themselves. One of the juvenile males accidentally shot himself in the leg and Gutierrez called 9-1-1.  In an effort to hide their actions, he reported the four males had been the victims of a drive-by shooting.  The wounded juvenile was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.

Further investigation revealed the juvenile had shot himself and the gun they were handling was stolen.  Suspects Gutirrez, the juvenile who had shot himself, 15, and one other juvenile suspect, 14, were all arrested for their roles in the incident.  The third juvenile was questioned and released.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

HFD Official Statement Regarding Heights/Timbergrove area fires

 The Houston Arson Bureau (HAB) has been investigating multiple fires set in the northwest area of Houston.  A suspect, Joshua Rauch, was arrested and charged with second degree arson on Saturday, October 10, 2020,  linked to some of the fires in Houston’s northwest area. The HAB then believed there was a second arsonist operating in the same area.  

On October 16, 2020, a team of 6 arson investigators began conducting surveillance in the Heights/Timbergrove area with very limited information that included, a vague vehicle description and a general geographical area where recent fires had occurred.
During the surveillance operation, Investigator Bruce identified a vehicle that matched the description and while attempting to obtain a license plate number, an exchange of gunfire occurred between Investigator Bruce and the suspect, Joshua De La Cerda.  De La Cerda is suspected in setting multiple fires in the area.
Investigations involving Joshua De La Cerda and Joshua Rauch are still ongoing.  No additional details will be released at this time, except to state that the HAB is working with other law enforcement partners to ensure successful completion of these cases.
The HAB will be transparent and forthcoming with information as the investigation allows.