Update on Arrest in 1997 Incident at 1100 Dumble

January 28, 2008 - Nearly 11 years to the day, Houston police homicide investigators have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a man at 1100 Dumble about 3:30 p.m. on January 21, 1997.

The suspect, now 27, was arrested last Friday (Jan. 25) and referred to juvenile probation authorities on a charge of murder since he was 16 at the time of the incident. He is accused in the killing of Jesus Roberto Contreras, 16.

The male suspect’s name and mug shot are not releasable since he was a juvenile at the time of the murder.

HPD Homicide Division Officer H.A. Chavez reported:

Jesus Contreras was with friends walking home from school in the 1100 block of Dumble when a Chevrolet truck pulled up alongside the group. For unknown reasons, one of the passengers pulled out a pistol and started shooting at Contreras and his friends. Contreras and one his friends, Julio Lara, 14, were shot more than once. Contreras died from his injuries and Lara recovered from his.

A suspect was developed and interviewed in the original investigation. When investigators went to arrest him, they learned he had fled.

In November 2007, Investigator Chavez checked that suspect’s name in a computer database and learned the male had recently been issued a Texas driver’s license and identification card. The investigator began actively looking for the suspect. Last Friday, the suspect was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident.

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