Posts Tagged ‘Harris County’

POLICE: TEXAS MAN RAPED 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHILE WIFE WATCHED

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Investigators say a Texas man sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl while his wife watched.

Mark Munoz and Angela Munoz are in police custody, each charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Bail for both is set at $100,000.

According to court documents, the alleged victim, now a 21-year-old woman, said Mark Munoz raped her at a home in Harris County in 2001 while his wife, Angela Munoz, watched.

The girl allegedly told Angela Munoz after the assault that she was in pain. Investigators say Angela Munoz told the girl she would be fine, adding that Mark Munoz was sorry, didn’t know what he was doing, and was drunk at the time.

The alleged victim says she was raped again by Mark Munoz when she was 14. She says it happened at an apartment in Harris County, and again, while Mark Munoz allegedly raped the teen, Angela Munoz watched. The accuser says Angela Munoz cleaned her up after she was assaulted.

Court papers show the alleged victim says she became pregnant when she was 14 and gave birth to a daughter as a result of the assault.

The alleged victim says she was repeatedly raped by Mark Munoz during her pregnancy.

Court documents say DNA tests indicate Mark Munoz is by a probability of 99.999% the father of the alleged victim’s child.

After More Than 12 Million Online Views Sharkeisha Is Arrested

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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The brutal clip showed 17-year-old ShaMichael Manuel getting pummeled by a schoolmate named Sharkeisha, who struck her in the face when she’s wasn’t looking and then hit and kicked her while she was on the ground.

The Harris County sheriff’s office said the foulmouthed bully was arrested last Thursday on charges of assault with bodily injury. They didn’t identify her because she’s a minor.

The Nov. 19 attack allegedly started because of a dispute over a boy, ShaMichael’s family told Houston’s KHOU-TV. The sickening footage has since gone viral, inspiring snarky, shark-themed memes and a popular Twitter hashtag.

“The video’s just going and going,” ShaMichael’s mother, Olevia Henderson, told KHOU-TV. “They’re making jokes, and they’re taunting. They’re glorifying the girl Sharkeisha, but they’re taunting my daughter at the same time.”

The vicious beating left her with a black eye and a split lip. Her mother told KHOU-TV she’s had trouble seeing out of one eye.

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RN charged in murder of mother, kidnapping of baby

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

SPRING, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 30-year-old woman admitted she shot a young mother and abducted her newborn son in a town near Houston.

Verna McClain is charged with capital murder in the killing of Kala Marie Golden in Spring on Tuesday. Witnesses saw the shooter repeatedly shoot Golden and drive away with her 3-day-old son, Keegan. Authorities found Keegan late Tuesday night.

According to the arrest record, McClain admitted to shooting Golden and taking Keegan to her home in Harris County. The warrant says Keegan was found at the Harris County home.

It says McClain’s sister, Corina Jackson, told authorities that McClain intended to “do the adoption” now that she had Keegan.

McClain is being held without bail.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A registered nurse has been charged with capital murder in the shooting of a young mother and the abduction of her newborn son at a pediatric clinic near Houston, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Verna McClain, 30, was charged early Wednesday in the killing of Kala Marie Golden.

Witnesses say an argument broke out between Golden and another woman as Golden left Northwoods Pediatric Center in Spring on Tuesday afternoon with her 3-day-old son, Keegan.

The woman repeatedly shot Golden then snatched the baby from her arms and went to drive away in a blue or light green Lexus, according to witness accounts. The dying woman leaned into the vehicle and tried to take Keegan back, screaming “My baby!” but her attacker sped away.

Ligon said McClain’s statement to investigators indicates that she shot the mother as part of a wider plan to kidnap any child and that Golden was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“There were statements as indicated in the arrest record that were made by Ms. McClain that led us to believe that, in fact, this was an intentional act on her part,” Ligon said. “Not that Ms. Golden was targeted specifically, but that this was part of a plan to kidnap a child.”

He made no mention of a man whom witnesses said they saw in the blood-splattered Lexus.

Keegan was found unharmed Tuesday evening. Ligon said Child Protective Service officials were looking after him but that they expected the baby to soon be reunited with his father.

Speaking to Houston television station KHOU on Tuesday, Keegan’s father, Keith Schuchardt said he was going to miss Golden.

“She was sweet, lovable. I loved her, and she loved me,” Schuchardt said. “Everything was going fine until today.”

Authorities have not said where Keegan was found. Ligon stressed that the infant was not found at a nearby apartment complex that was raided by officers wielding guns and riot shields Tuesday evening. Spring is about 20 miles north of Houston.

Authorities detained a person of interest late Tuesday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if that person was McClain, nor if she was detained during the raid. Jail records show McClain lived in Houston.

McLain, a nurse, is not employed by the Northwoods Pediatrics Center, according to a receptionist at the clinic, Jackie Longoria.

Golden’s mother, Linda Golden, told the AP that she had been baby-sitting another of Kala’s sons when someone at the scene called her using her daughter’s cellphone. She rushed to the clinic but was unable to see her daughter because paramedics were trying to save her.

“I wanted to kiss her before they put her in the ambulance,” Linda Golden said.

Joshua Jesson said he was at the clinic with his girlfriend when he heard gunshots. He said he saw a Lexus next to the pickup truck, then later looked back and saw the car was gone and a woman lying in the spot where the Lexus had been parked.

“I thought she just passed out. Then somebody ran in here and said, `Somebody got shot,'” he said.

Police quickly surrounded the clinic and much of the parking lot with crime-scene tape, and yellow markers were placed next to a purse and pair of brown sandals near a red pickup truck. Spent ammunition also was nearby.

Linda Golden described her daughter as sweet-natured and kind.

“We went everywhere together and did everything together,” she said.

She said she had no idea what could have sparked the slaying and abduction.

“That’s the hardest she’s ever fought,” Linda Golden said. “She died trying to save her baby.”

Suckafree CEO Big Hump Faces Cocaine Charges

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Houston Chronicle Reports: A little over a decade ago, Estell “Hump” Hobbs ran a Houston record label with up-and-coming hip-hop artist, Lil’ Flip, and had a deal with Sony potentially worth millions of dollars.

The agreement quickly crumbled under the weight of legal disputes and the two parted ways.

Hobbs has since worked in remodeling and construction as he seeks to resurrect the label, and now keep his freedom.

The 52-year-old father of four with no criminal record was recently charged with being part of a cocaine-distribution network that over 15 years reached from Mexico, through Houston and on to Chicago, Mississippi and elsewhere.

“It is stressful, it is painful to see my family worried for me after so many years of hard work and dedication to the label, the city and the family,” Hobbs told the Houston Chronicle Friday. “It is crazy. They are trying to take my house.”

Reflecting on his life and passion, he said he’s been influential in helping performers from hip hop’s “Dirty South” to beat the streets, and notes that his label, Suckafree Records, is looking for its next gospel singer.

On the advice of his lawyer, he said he would not discuss the charges or the criminals making accusations against him.

“It is always when you do the work of God that the devil tries to stay busy,” he said.

Hobbs is described by those who have known him as hard-working and active in his community as well as religious rap.

“I hate to see him in that type of trouble,” Lil’ Flip’s father, Wesley Weston Sr. said. The person I know him to be is a very good person,” said Weston, who is no longer in touch with Hobbs.

Alleged trafficking ties

The alleged conspiracy cuts a unique path as it connects what prosecutors said was a predominantly African-American distribution group directly with Mexican traffickers. Defense lawyer Robert Pelton notes Hobbs has never before been prosecuted for a crime.

He points to back to when Suckafree donated 150 bicycles to children for Christmas, and when Hobbs was recognized by the Hip Hop Summit, which has mobilized thousands of youth to vote.

“Mr. Hobbs has done a lot to help his family and people not only in the music industry, but the entirety of Harris County community,” Pelton said.

The man, who also goes by Duane and got the nickname “Humpty Hump” as a child, has not been known to flash cash, and has lived in the same modest house for years.

He is charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and launder money, and if convicted faces 10 years to life in federal prison without parole.

His supposed role is unclear, but nobody contends he was a kingpin or a killer.

Authorities announced they intend to seize his house, a Hummer and other property on the grounds they are tied to illegal activity.

A judicial buzz saw has already convicted 38 people in the investigation, including one who allegedly told the DEA he delivered more than 100 kilograms of cocaine on multiple occasions to Hobbs.

All pleaded guilty as part of agreements to cooperate with authorities for leniency.

Hobbs, who is free on bail, is scheduled to be back in court at the end of January for a hearing that may reveal whether he and nine remaining defendants are taking deals rather than risking trial.

A hidden past?

Prosecutors contend that Hobbs has a past hidden in a conspiracy that lasted from 1995 to 2010.

Eric Davis, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy assigned to a DEA task force testified that informants have said Hobbs was at the scene of numerous deals.

David also said Hobbs was recorded in “several” phone conversations talking to an associate, Abraham Woods, who shortly after being released from custody following a drug bust in 2009 was found dead in a Houston apartment.

Woods, who was the group’s primary link to Mexican traffickers, was tied up and shot execution style, with two bullets to the back of the head. A pillow case had been pulled over his eyes.

The attack remains unsolved.

The drug investigation has also drawn links to Jaime Zamora, who is serving life in prison after being convicted earlier this year for ordering a Houston drug hit that killed an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity. That bloodshed was part of a back-and-forth feud between Zamora and a rival that claimed lives in Houston and Mexico.

Ron Wilson, a former state representative who served for 29 years, and has been Suckafree’s lawyer, said he was “very close” to the Hobbs family. Hobbs said he considers him a big brother.

Wilson testified he knows Hobbs, his wife and his children, and he’s never known him to carry wads of cash or keep company with drug dealers or other criminals.

“No, I have not seen that,” Wilson said.

Pelton said Hobbs is being framed by desperate criminals willing to lie: “A bunch of guys in the drug business, not any normal citizens, but a bunch of dope fiends.”

Hobbs said he’s taking things day by day and staying close to his family.

It is not easy. I am human. I worry about it, but I know God will not let anything come to me that I couldn’t deal with,” he said. “I am surrounded by praying warriors.”