Update on Charged Sexual Assault Suspect
August 2, 2005 -- Robert Allen
Ellison (w/m, DOB 2-18-78) was arrested in Austin, Texas on July
31, 2005 at about 11:00 p.m. living in a homeless shelter. Ellison
was charged in the aggravated kidnaping and sexual assault of
a 12-year-old girl in the 11000 block of Airline around 4:45 p.m.
on Thursday, May 19, 2005.
Two weeks prior to Ellisons arrest he was featured
on the "Americas Most Wanted" TV show which prompted
several leads to be called in to investigators. On June 15th he
was arrested in Temple, Texas and used a false name when confronted
by officers after he was spotted on railroad property. Ellison
gave officers the name of a former roommate and provided that
roommate's date of birth. Ellison was held over for two weeks
for giving a false name and later released. New photos of Ellison
were distributed to law enforcement and passed out in Waco, Austin
and surrounding areas where he was believed to be heading. An
Austin PD officer spotted Ellison at a homeless shelter and arrested
him without incident. "He was relieved that he was in custody
and the run was over," said HPD Juvenile Sex Crimes Sergeant
"We (HPD investigators) spoke to him for
a couple of hours and he trembled, shaked and cried when he was
asked about the kidnaping and sexual assault during our interview,"
Upton added. "He did ask that we contact the victims and
apologize for what he had done." Ellison constantly changed
his appearance by growing a beard and letting his hair grow long
before shaving it off. Ellison will be brought back to Houston
by the Harris County Sheriff's office within the next couple of
Robert Allen Ellison (w/m, DOB 2-18-78) was charged
with aggravated kidnaping and aggravated sexual assault of a child
in the 184th State District Court.
Details of the incident are as follows:
The girl and her mother were walking in the parking lot of a grocery
store at 11006 Airline. They stated the suspect had parked his
white Chevrolet Astro van next to their car and got out of the
van armed with a gun. The suspect threatened to shoot the girl
unless she got into the van. The girl complied. She said the suspect
took her to a wooded area and sexually assaulted her inside the
van. The suspect then dropped off the girl at the corner of Dyna
The girl told investigators it looked like the
suspect lived inside the van. There was a mattress, white laundry
basket and a lot of clothes inside the van. The victim saw business
cards in the vehicle with a specific company's logo on them.
Working throughout the weekend, investigators
were able to locate the van parked in the 10000 block of Bauman
on Saturday (May 21). The vehicle was processed for evidence.
Updated AW/ RMM 8-2-05
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.