Investigators Seek Five Charged Suspects in Three
February 16, 2006 -- Houston
police homicide investigators hope Crime Stoppers reward monies
in Houston and New Orleans will help them locate five suspects
charged and wanted in three murders and one home invasion shooting
in the city since December 28, 2005.
All five suspects are Louisiana residents relocated
to Houston following Hurricane Katrina and are believed to be
either in the Houston area or between here and New Orleans. Crime
Stoppers officials in both cities have coordinated efforts to
streamline tip information and assist in the apprehension of the
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants B. Harris, J.
Roberts and G. Gonzales and Officers T. Ruland, J. Sosa and M.
The first suspect, Jerome
Hampton (b/m, DOB 3-12-82), is charged with murder in the
209th State District Court in the December 28, 2005 killing of
Steven Kennedy, 24, at 1303 La Concha. Investigators said both
Hampton and Kennedy were members of separate gangs in New Orleans.
The motive in the shooting is believed to be revenge. It's also
believed suspect Hampton is traveling with two other wanted Louisiana/Houston
murder suspects, Ivory "B-Stupid" Harris and Travis
The second and third suspects, Richard
Foster (b/m, DOB 11-23-88) and Ricardo
J. Irvin (b/m, DOB 9-18-87), are each charged with capital
murder in the 178th State District Court in the death of Gregory
Sartain, 19, at 8080 Creekbend on February 6. A second victim,
Bennie Curtis, 25, was also shot and transported to an area hospital
in critical condition. The motive for the double shooting is robbery
of the victims' FEMA money.
The fourth suspect, Robert
Helmstetter (b/m, DOB 4-20-85), is charged with murder in
the 184th State District Court in the killing of Freddie Magee,
21, at 3950 Hollister on February 9. McGee, a friend of Helmstetter's
and fellow Hurricane Katrina evacuee, got into an argument with
Helmstetter and said Helmstetter and his girlfriend might have
stolen some items from him.
The fifth suspect, Michael
T. Mabon (b/m, DOB 11-21-83), is charged with aggravated robbery
with a deadly weapon in the 182nd State District Court for his
role as one of three suspects in a home invasion at 6200 West
Tidwell on January 23. When the homeowner fatally shot one of
the suspects, Mabon and another male suspect fled.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of
any of these suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division
at 713-308-3600, Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or
Crime Stoppers of New Orleans at 504-837-TIPS.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.