Eight Katrina evacuees arrested in violent crime spree in Houston
Police still searching for three additional suspects
12:51 PM CST on Friday, January 27, 2006
Investigators with the new HPD Gang Murder Squad say they've linked 11 Katrina evacuees to a string of violent crime in Houston. Eight of them are in custody but police are still searching for the other three.
Police say the men are suspects in at least nine Houston murders and two in Pasadena. All of the victims were also Katrina evacuees.
The 11 suspects are also wanted for at least seven other violent crimes including aggravated assaults, armed robberies and carjackings.
All of the crimes took place between November and January.
Police are hoping the public can help them nab the three remaining suspects.
They're especially anxious to find Ivory Harris who goes by the nickname "B-stupid." Police describe him as very violent and dangerous. Harris is charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping and suspected of murder.
The other two suspects still on the loose are Travis Jordan, charged with aggravated robbery, and Terrence Richards, wanted for allegedly evading detention in a Webster case.
The following suspects are in custody and charged:
--Kalvin Forcell: Charged with murder in a fatal shooting at 9373 Richmond Avenue on November 20, 2005
--Alvin Sims: Charged with capital murder in a fatal shooting of two Louisiana men at 8901 Bissonnet on December 31, 2005
--Jason McMaster: Charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping
--Cornelius Gordon: Charged with engaging in organized crime and possession of a weapon
--Daryl Robinson: Charged with murder in a fatal shooting at 11555 Bissonnet on December 25, 2005
--Tyler Mackyeon: Charged with deadly conduct and aggravated robbery
--James Taylor: Charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
--Keith Ron Williams: Charged with assault-family violence
Investigators say the suspects and victims lived in rival housing projects in New Orleans. They say the rivalry goes back for generations and was probably the motive for many of the murders.
The Gang Murder Squad was recently created to investigate various homicides in Houston believed related to gang activity. Investigators assigned to the squad analyzed some cases in the southwest Houston area and began to realize many of them were connected, whether it be by victims, suspects, or other means.
If you have any information about the suspects, Houston Police ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Three hurricane evacuees charged with murder
06:27 AM CST on Friday, January 27, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma County prosecutors charge three Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men.
Twenty-five-year-old Kendrick A. Simpson; 20-year-old Jonathan D. Dalton and 31-year-old Latango W. Robertson also were charged with discharging a firearm with an intent to kill.
Nineteen-year-old Anthony C- Jones and 20-year-old Glen Palmer were killed when shots from an assault rifle were fired into their car in north Oklahoma City. A third occupant -- 19-year-old London Johnson -- also was hit by gunfire, but survived.
Johnson told police he was with Jones and Palmer earlier in the evening and they had been in an altercation with three men at Fritzi's Music Hall.
Johnson described the assailants, and police received an anonymous tip that the men were Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans who were living in Norman.
Police reported finding an assault rifle shell casing in Dalton's car.
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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