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20061013: Serial Killer Victim Identified TX Houston Serial Killer News
A suspected victim of the Acres Homes serial killer has been identified, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday. Houston police released a sketch last week of a woman whose body was found on June 24 in the 8300 block of Sunnyhill. Someone recognized the sketch and called the victim's daughter in Montgomery County, who then contacted the medical examiner. Investigators identified the victim as Patricia Katherine Garcia, who went by Kathy. She disappeared in June. Her family is devastated. "She was the last parent I had left. She has three grandbabies. None of them are going to see her anymore," said Wendy, the victim's daughter. "I just want to know why. Find out who did it so they can pay for what they've done," said Kristi, the victim's daughter. The daughters did not want to be identified because their mother's killer remains on the loose. Six women have been murdered and then dumped in and around the Acres Homes area in northwest Houston area since January, police said. Officials said they believe the victims were abducted in the Third Ward, Sunnyside and possibly the Fifth Ward. Most of the victims were believed to be prostitutes or drug users, according to authorities. Police said the killer has a very friendly approach of walking up to women and luring them into his car. HPD set up a special task force to catch the killer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.
 

20061006: Victim's Sketch Could Lead To Serial Killer TX Houston Serial Killer News

Houston police released a sketch Thursday of a woman believed to be a victim of a suspected serial killer in hopes of finding the killer, KPRC Local 2 reported.

The woman is known only as a Jane Doe. Her body was recovered in the 8300 block of Sunnyhill. Investigators said they believe finding the woman's identity could help solve the case. We've done a lot of work trying to identify these people already through our regular resources, investigative-wise. But, they haven't led us anywhere. So, that's where we need some help in trying to possibly identify this (woman)," HPD Homicide Lt. Ron Walker said. Police said the woman is one of six found in the Acres Homes area. She is described as a white woman with straight black hair and over 35 years old. She had been dead for at least three days before her body was found, leaving little for facial recognition. But, a main clue to her identity is a scar on the bridge of her nose. "That may be significant to people out there because it's apparently an old injury, but it was a significant injury -- maybe a car accident, some type of significant head injury at some point in her life," Walker said. Investigators said they have received nearly 300 leads. They made an arrest, but only linked that suspect to a string of sexual assaults. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she believes the public is the key. "Frankly, I believe this will be solved through community involvement and through individual citizen activity," Jackson Lee said. Six women have been murdered and then dumped in and around the Acres Homes area in northwest Houston area since January, police said. Officials said they believe the victims were abducted in the Third Ward, Sunnyside and possibly the Fifth Ward. Most of the victims were believed to be prostitutes or drug users, according to authorities. Police said the killer has a very friendly approach by walking up to women and luring them into his car. Lakita Stubblefield, 21, is believed to be the suspected serial killer's latest victim. Her body was found in a field on July 19. HPD set up a special task force to catch the killer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.

 

20060801: DNA samples taken from 24 in hunt for killer TX Houston Serial Killer News

Police release new details about a possible suspect in series of slayings

Houston police investigating a series of possibly related sexual assaults and slayings in north Houston have taken voluntary DNA samples from 24 "persons of interest," and are developing a profile of the killer.

Those samples, said Capt. Dale Brown, who heads the department's homicide unit, were taken voluntarily from people suggested as suspects by the public. No arrests have been made in the case.

Brown said a serial killer could be connected to numerous sexual assaults and the slayings of six women whose nude or partially clothed bodies were discovered hidden in wooded areas in Acres Homes.

Surviving victims and witnesses have told police that the man, believed to be in his late 20s or 30s with closely cropped or shaved dark hair, may have tattoos of scales or a zodiac sign, and "Old English" lettering on his back or shoulders, Brown said.

He may recently have served time in prison, perhaps for sexual assault, Brown said, without detailing the reasons for that speculation. Later, through a spokesman, he declined to elaborate on what evidence investigators collected.


Wore Celtics jersey
Brown said the killer may have committed a recent sexual assault in which the assailant wore a white Boston Celtics jersey, the number 62 in green letters on the front.

At a City Hall news conference, Brown and Councilman Jarvis Johnson urged residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior — especially at night in areas frequented by prostitutes.

"This needs to be a citywide effort," said Johnson, who represents Acres Homes, noting that some victims could have encountered the killer in other parts of Houston. "It's important that everyone understand that we have to be on a heightened alert."

The killer, Brown and Johnson said, could be a charming man able to lure women into his vehicle, which is described as a black or dark blue four-door 1990s sedan. He also could have used force to get the women, some of whom had a history of prostitution, into his vehicle, Brown said.

"We have a very dangerous person in our city," Brown said, adding that the man might be a former or current Acres Homes resident. "We need the whole city to be vigilant."


'Addicted to killing'
At a town hall meeting Monday night, local and federal law enforcement agencies detailed how their offices can contribute to the search, capture and prosecution of the killer.

"We have put all the resources we possible can into this investigation," Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt told the crowd of about 200 people.

Some residents said they were encouraged by the focus from law enforcement and the community on solving the deaths.

"I'm just thankful that the people have a mind to catch him," said Vicki Pringle, who has lived in Acres Homes for 35 years.

"The community needs to come together to try to catch this guy because if we leave him on the loose, he will kill again. It seems like he's addicted to killing."

Eric Lakey, who said he was born and raised in the Lincoln City area of Acres Homes, was also optimistic, but guarded. Lakey said it will take a sustained effort, especially from the community, to catch the killer.

"It's going to take time," he said. "It didn't happen overnight, and it's not going to be solved overnight. Crime only stays where its welcome, and its not welcome in Acres Homes."

So far, Brown said, police have received at least 171 tips. Those led to interviews with the men who agreed to DNA tests.

The body of the last known homicide victim was found two weeks ago behind the Parlay Cafe on Rosslyn. Police first noticed a pattern in the deaths in April after a body was found in the 1900 block of Mansfield.

 

 

20060731: New Clues Released About Serial Killer Suspect TX Houston Serial Killer News

Houston police released new details Monday about a suspected serial killer preying on women and dumping their bodies in Acres Homes, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Officials said a victim who survived an attack provided the new clues about his identity.

She said he wore a white Boston Celtics jersey with green lettering and No. 62 on the front as well as white high-top tennis shoes.
 
Investigators also provided details about the suspect's possible history.

"The possibility that this person has been in prison before, has been in prison for sexual assault of adults and possibly even juveniles and may have been released during the years of 2004 and 2005," said Capt. Dale Brown with the Houston Police Department.

Six women have been murdered and then dumped in and around the Acres Homes area in northwest Houston area since January, police said. Officials said they believe the victims were abducted in the Third Ward, Sunnyside and possibly the Fifth Ward. Most of the victims were believed to be prostitutes or drug users, according to authorities.

But police said the potential danger is citywide.

"It is important that our city consider this as a potential problem that could occur universally in any part of our city -- low-income areas that possibly have prostitution or other street activity -- or just areas where we have women who walk along, particularly during the hours of darkness," Brown said.

Police said the killer has a very friendly approach by walking up to women and luring them into his car.

Lakita Stubblefield, 21, is believed to be the suspected serial killer's latest victim. Her body was found in a field on July 19.

HPD has set up a special task force to catch the killer.

Investigators said the man has tattoos with gothic writing on his back and the scales of justice on his left arm.

He is described as a black man, 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 to 220 pounds, with a muscular build and a small gut. He is bald or wears his hair close cut.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $20,000 reward is being offered in the case.

A town hall meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, located at 6719 Montgomery.

 

20060725: Lead in serial killer case turns cold TX Houston Serial Killer News
Apparently, a promising lead about a motel in the Third Ward didn't pan out Tuesday morning. And that's not the news that relatives of the victims wanted to hear.

 

Police were looking into a possible lead coming out that motel. They were given information that possibly the suspect could be on surveillance video from that motel. They were hoping to see the suspect with one or more victims. Authorities say there was nothing on the surveillance video that can help them on this case.

Meanwhile, relatives of the some of the victims, as well as volunteers, were out on Houston's southeast side putting up flyers Tuesday. They hope someone will recognize the suspect and call police.

Lakita Stubblefield was the latest victim of the possible serial killer. Stubblefield's family hope that police get the break they need to find this man.

"The only thing I can do is much as I can do," said the victim's brother, Victor Stubblefield. "So, I'm trying my best to do everything that I can possibly can."

"I hope so. I hope it breaks to something," said Derrick Wilson, another family member. "I hope he makes a small mistake so he can get caught."

If you have any information in this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for these killings is now up to $20,000.

The person for whom police are looking is described as a black male, around 5'8", and 20-30 years old. He may also have a tattoo of the scales of justice or a Libra sign on one of his arms.

 

20060724: FBI joins search for possible Houston serial killer TX Houston Serial Killer News

FBI agents have joined police in the hunt for a possible serial killer suspected in the deaths of six women whose bodies have been found in north Houston, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said today.

"I believe that when you have a crime of this magnitude, the loss of life and the allegations of being a serial killer, you need to muster all resources possible," said Lee, D-Houston, a member of subcommittee on crime and terrorism in the House judiciary committee.

 Shauna Dunlap, an FBI spokeswoman, confirmed that federal agents will provide DNA lab assistance and investigators to the Houston Police Department, which formed a joint task force to work the case.

"We work with HPD very often," Dunlap said. "When the locals need assistance, we are here to help."

The body of the latest known homicide victim, Lakita Stubblefield, 21, was found Wednesday behind the Parlay Cafe at 5402 Rosslyn.

Lee joined Stubblefield's family and activists Sunday for a memorial in the Acres Homes area where the woman's body was found.

Police first noticed a pattern in the deaths in April after the body of Pamela Ann Goss was found in the 1900 block of Mansfield. Police said the victims have all been nude or partially clothed and hidden in wooded areas. Some victims had a history of prostitution, prompting activists such as Quanell X to hit the streets looking for anyone who might have information.

An admitted prostitute told Quanell X that she might have had an encounter with the man, who police believe has a tattoo of the scales of justice on his forearm. The same man also is suspected in at least six sexual assaults.

The woman, who said she knew Stubblefield, was working a street last week when the man drove up with a crack cocaine dealer, Quanell X told the Chronicle.

The suspect gave the woman drugs, but when he began acting strangely, she left him.

"She said at first he was real nice, then he started getting mean," Quanell X said.

Once in the car with the man, he offered her crack cocaine. The woman became suspicious when the man took puffs of cocaine smoke but did not seem to inhale.

"At first she thought he might be a cop," Quanell X said.

The man tried to take her to a motel in southwest Houston, but the woman insisted upon a familiar motel in the Third Ward, where he displayed a tattoo depicting the scales of justice.

When his behavior became odd, she left with some of his money and did not return.

Many prostitutes are addicted to crack cocaine, Quanell X said, which has led some drug dealers in the the Third Ward to believe the man is "luring women with the promise of drugs."

Quanell X said Stubblefield's family received tips from some of the woman's acquaintances about other women who might have talked to the man. The prostitute was reluctant to discuss her alleged meeting with the man until activists brought Stubblefield's mother to plead for any information.

 

20060723: Vigil held for victim of possible serial killer TX Houston Serial Killer News

A vigil was held Sunday for one of the victims of what police say is a serial killer who is dumping bodies in the Acres Homes area. The families hope someone saw something that could lead police to the man who killed their daughter.

Alvin Stubblefield learned just this week that his daughter, Lakita Stubblefield, was the latest victim of a possible serial killer. Her body was found Thursday behind the very club in Acres Homes where the prayer vigil took place.

 

Police believe the same suspect is responsible for six killings. All of the victims have been found nude. A majority were black females and at least two suffered stab wounds. The three who have been identified have been know to have a history of prostitution.

Police believe the person responsible is the same person wanted for a series of sexual assaults, at least six since the beginning of the year.

"We're going to find you," said Alvin Stubblefield. "Whoever you are, we're going to find you."

"I want to say to the serial killer, whoever you are, you're a coward," said Lakita's mother, Mayuricesteen Stubblefield. "You're not a man who took my baby. And if anyone anywhere knows where you are, I wish they would punch you out. You took my baby away from me and I need closure."

On Monday, volunteers plan to pass out flyers in the Third Ward area, where police believe the suspect may have picked up his victims before dumping the bodies in the Acres Homes area. If you have any information in this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for these killings is now up to $20,000.

The person for whom police are looking is described as a black male, around 5'8", and 20-30 years old, He may also have a tattoo of the scales of justice or a Libra sign on one of his arms.

 


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