Update on Incident at 8300 Broadway
July 20, 2005 -- The actions
of a Houston Police Juvenile Division investigator are being credited
in the arrest and charges filed against a suspect wanted in the
kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy on June 4.
The suspect, identified as Jose Miguel Rodriguez
(H/m, DOB 2-12-71), is in custody and has confessed to his role
in the crime. Rodriguez is charged with aggravated kidnapping
and aggravated sexual assault of a child in the 338th State District
Court and is being held without bond.
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photo of suspect.
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HPD Juvenile Division Lieutenant W.C. Staney
of the Sex Crimes Unit reported:
While off duty and in her personal vehicle with
her husband and children on Monday (July 18), Officer Heidi Ruiz
of the Sex Crimes Unit saw a customized white van driving on Sabo
Road at Fuqua. Officer Ruiz further observed that the driver matched
surveillance photos of the suspect wanted in the June 4 incident.
Following at a safe distance, Officer Ruiz called Lt. Staney with
the vehicle information. The information was relayed to a dispatcher
who coordinated a response with HPD helicopter and patrol officers.
Patrol units conducted a felony traffic stop about 6 p.m. in the
5200 block of Canal and arrested the driver of the van. The van
was towed to HPD custody and the suspect's wife and children were
transported to the Juvenile Sex Crimes office as material witnesses.
Once there, investigators obtained a statement from the suspect's
wife in which she implicated her husband in the June 4 incident
and led investigators to recover a bracelet taken from the victim
in this case. The suspect confessed and investigators are now
trying to determine if he has been involved in other offenses.
The boy and his eight-year-old cousin were leaving
the Dollar General Store about 3:25 p.m. when they met the suspect
in the parking lot. The suspect told the boys he could not speak
English and needed someone to order food for him at the McDonald's
restaurant across the street at 8320 Broadway. The children agreed
to go with the suspect and got into his van. The suspect gave
the younger boy money and sent him into the restaurant to order
the food. He then drove away with the 12-year-old in his vehicle.
The suspect drove to a secluded area, had the victim disrobe,
and then forcibly sexually assaulted him. After the assault, the
suspect dropped off the victim at a restaurant on Monroe at the
Gulf Freeway. The victim then started walking and got a ride back
to his home from a Good Samaritan. The younger boy, after discovering
the van and his cousin missing from the parking lot, walked home
and told his parents what had happened. The parents called police.
On June 8,
investigators released surveillance photos of the suspect and
Anyone who might have been victimized by suspect
Jose Miguel Rodriguez is urged to contact the HPD Juvenile Division
Update JFC/WCS 7-20-05
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contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.