Incident at 712 E. Tidwell
October 20, 2005 -- Charges
have been filed against a suspect wanted in the aggravated assault
of a man at 712 E. Tidwell on Saturday (Oct. 15).
The suspect, Jose
Israel Benitez, a.k.a."Israel" (H/m, DOB 1/28/71),
has been charged with aggravated assault in the 262nd State District
Court and remains at-large. He is accused in the shooting of Nelson
Velasquez, 50, of 13905 Bonnercrest.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C.E. Elliott and
Officer J. Sosa reported:
left home on Saturday morning driving a 1987 Toyota station wagon,
en-route to his job site. His family has not heard from him since.
A missing person's report was filed with the HPD on Sunday and
his photo is also attached to this news release.
A witness at the job site observed Jose Benitez
shoot Mr. Velasquez in the head and put his body into a red Chevrolet
or GMC pickup truck and drive away. Mr. Velasquez and his vehicle
are still missing. The witness has positively identified Benitez
as the shooter.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts
of the suspect or victim is asked to contact the HPD Homicide
Division at 713-731-5335 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.