Wednesday, September 9, 2020

UPDATE: One Suspect Arrested, Another Sought in Man's Death at 5598 East Freeway

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a man's death at 5598 East Freeway (Interstate Highway 10 East) service road about 6:35 p.m. on June 27.

The suspect, Juan Mancillas (H/m, 21), is charged with failure to stop and render aid in the 337th State District Court.  A booking photo of Mancillas is attached to this news release.

The victim, Justin Ortiz, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Detective J. Roscoe reported:

Mr. Ortiz was on a motorcycle southbound on Lockwood Drive, crossing over the East Freeway, when a blue BMW struck one of Ortiz's friends riding with him.  The friend was not seriously injured.  A black Chevrolet Tahoe then struck Ortiz.  The BMW and the Chevrolet then fled the scene.  Preliminary evidence indicated the vehicles possibly struck the victims deliberately.

Further investigation identified Mancillas as the driver of the BMW and he was arrested without incident on Tuesday (Sept. 9). 
Anyone with information on the identity of the driver of the black Chevrolet Tahoe is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.