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Update on Incident at 5642 Market

January 26, 2006 -- Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 5642 Market #6 about 2:15 a.m. on January 14.

The suspect, John Edward Collins (b/m, DOB 3/22/76), is charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court and is still at-large. Collins is believed to be in the Houston area, however, may have fled to Louisiana.

The victim has been identified as Charles Deon Frear, 28, of 5642 Market #6. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C.T. Mosqueda and Officer L. Benavidez reported:

John Collins shot Mr. Frear while committing an aggravated robbery. According to witnesses, a black female suspect, possibly an acquaintance of the victim's family, went to Frear's apartment to visit. As she was leaving, Collins forced his way inside the residence and began robbing Frear and his family. During the robbery, Collins produced a handgun and shot Frear. Both fled the scene on foot. Frear was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he later died.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of John Edward Collins is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Updated: NJM/JFC 1/26/06
NJM 1/14/06
Inc #007230806

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.