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2nd Update on Incident at 8310 Jensen

June 16, 2006 -- Houston police homicide investigators have arrested three suspects responsible for the aggravated robbery and death of a child at 8310 Jensen Drive on Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at approximately 10:45 PM.

The suspects, identified as Bakari Holland (b/m, 02-06-1988, Koty Holmes (b/m, 05-25-1987), and Rashard Renfro (b/m, 02-27-1983) are each charged with aggravated robbery in the 262nd State District Court. Holland is also charged with injury to a child in the same court. Each suspect is being held in the Harris County Jail with no bond.

All three suspects were arrested, without incident, at approximately 7:00 PM on June 15, 2006 at various locations in northwest Houston. All three have confessed to their roles in this incident.

Houston Police Department Homicide Division investigators report:

At approximately 10:45 PM on June 13, 2006, these suspects were on a robbery spree when they decided to rob a husband and wife who, along with their four children, had stopped to use a pay phone at a car wash. Suspect Renfro knowingly drove Holland and Holmes to commit this robbery and acted as the getaway driver. Holland and Holmes approached the couple, Luis Garcia and Maricella Vargas, produced a gun and demanded money. The parents advised Holland and Holmes that they did not have any money. At this point, Holland and Holmes began to pull the children from their Chevrolet Suburban vehicle. Holland then jumped into the driver's seat and Holmes jumped into the passenger seat. Holland then sped out of the parking lot, running over two-year-old Stephanie Garcia. Stephanie sustained massive head trauma and was transported to LBJ Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators also believe Holland, Holmes, and Renfro committed other robberies on the night of June 13, 2006. Anyone with information regarding this incident or other robberies committed by this trio is urged to call the Houston Police Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

DJC/JFC 6-16-06
Inc. #092213406

GO/DC/JFC 6-16-06
Inc #092957606

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