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Update on Incident at 9201 North Loop East

August 16, 2005 -- A suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a baby girl and the wounding of her mother at 9201 N. Loop East about 1:30 p.m. on June 18, 2004 has been arrested.

The suspect, Augustine Eke (b/m DOB: 9-13-55) has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the 263rd State District Court. He is also known as "Austin Eza", "Jamaica", and "Pimp".

On Tuesday, August 9, 2005 Houston police received information from the FBI that Eke had been detained at the Atlanta Airport on minor charges. After fingerprinting Eke, it was determined that he was wanted out of Harris County for capital murder. He is currently in the Fulton County Jail awaiting extradition by the Harris County Sheriff's Department.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C.B. Douglas and Officer M.S. Walker reported:

Chandra Battle, 22, was at a gas station arguing with her boyfriend, suspect Eke, in the presence of Brianna, 4-months-old, and her other daughter. All four were in Eke's car, a gold 4-door Mercury Grand Marquis. Eke turned and fired into the rear passenger seating area where Chandra and the girls were. Chandra and Brianna both sustained gunshot wounds but Brianna was fatally wounded.

Chandra then got out of the car and attempted to flag down passing motorists for help. Eke followed her, first on foot, and then in his vehicle, firing at her again both times. He then fled with the girls still in the car. Eke was last seen traveling eastbound on Wallisville. Brianna was later discovered dead at Wallisville and Mesa. Her body was transported to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The other daughter, a 3-year old girl, was later dropped off unharmed at a house in Pasadena.

Updated: JGA/MES 8-16-05
Sa 6/19/04
Inc. #94017204-Q

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