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Update on Incident at 7404 Gessner Drive #108

February 23, 2007 -- Houston police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man kidnapped during a home invasion. The kidnapping occurred after the fatal shooting of a man at 7404 Gessner Drive #108 on February 22, 2007 about 1 a.m.

The kidnapped victim Hector Borja, (H/m DOB: 9-1-75), was taken from the scene of the shooting at gunpoint and is still missing. A photo of the victim is attached to this news release.

The deceased victim is identified as Francisco Javier Avellaneda, 18, of 5909 Ranchester #1348. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

The residents of apartment #108 woke up to their front door being forced open. Four or five males made their way into the residence and held all the residents at gunpoint while they searched for money and jewelry. Avellaneda, a nephew to the renter, was shot during the incident.

During the course of the follow up investigation, it was determined that the motive for this home invasion was to find Borja. He was hidden inside the apartment and was forced at gunpoint to go with the suspects. His life is considered to be in danger.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Updated: JGA/MES 2-23-07
JGA/GO 2-22-07

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