Update on Incident at 7650 Clarewood
October 15, 2006 -- Charges
have been filed against one suspect arrested and two suspects
wanted in the fatal shooting of two men at 7650 Clarewood about
5:35 a.m. on October 8.
Fernando Betancourt (H/m, 6/5/82), is charged
with capital murder in the 337th
State District Court. He was arrested on Friday, October 13th
without incident and remains in the Harris County jail.
Two other suspects, Jose Paulo Betancourt (H/m,
5/12/85), and Suspect #3, Aucencio Betancourt (H/m, 12/18/74),
are also charged with capital murder in the 337th State District
Court. Both men are believed to have fled the city shortly after
the killings and are still at-large.
The suspects are accused in the killings of Rodrigo
Alfaro Trejo, 35, and David Alfaro Martinez, 24, both of 7650
Clarewood, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Trejo died
at the scene while Mr. Martinez was taken to Ben Taub General
Hospital where he later died.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.W. Belk and
Officer M.J. Miller reported:
The follow-up investigation revealed that the
two victims (Trejo and Martinez) were involved in a construction
material theft ring operating primarily in Fort Bend County. In
fact, the victims were named suspects in several construction
theft cases being investigated by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's
office at the time of their deaths. The Betancourt suspects, who
are brothers, are believed to also have been involved in the aforementioned
theft ring in which individuals would drive old vans to new home
construction sites and steal lumber and other construction materials.
For some unknown reason, the victims and the
suspects began feuding and threats were made over the course of
several weeks, according to witnesses. In response to the feud,
the victims allegedly torched several vehicles used by the theft
ring. In retaliation for these arsons, the suspects drove to the
St. Clarewood Apartments in the early morning hours of October
8th and ambushed the victims. Trejo and Martinez were backing
out of a parking space and leaving for work, when the suspects
approached them from behind and started shooting at the driver's
side of the van. After being shot several times, Trejo drove his
van into a parked vehicle in the parking lot. Martinez was shot
in the back as he jumped out of the vehicle fleeing from the suspect.
Trejo attempted to hide behind the driver's seat of the van, but
the suspect opened the side cargo doors and shot the victim several
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts
of Jose and Aucencio Betancourt is asked to contact the HPD Homicide
Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Updated: NJM/JFC 10/15/06
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