Composite Sketch Released in Shooting at Avenue R

April 30, 2008 - Investigators in the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in the shooting of a man at 6730 Avenue R about 2:20 p.m. on February 7, 2009. 

The suspect is described only as a Hispanic male, possibly Honduran with an alias of “Napoleon Lopez”, about 55 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a slender build and could pass for Anglo with a fair skin tone.  He has a large mole, light-colored eyes, light-colored hair worn in a pony tail, and a gold front tooth.  He is believed to be a former employee of the victim and speaks both English and Spanish.  A composite sketch of the wanted suspect is attached to this news release.

Suspect 1

The victim, Andres Palacios, 58, of Houston, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition.  He has since recovered from his injuries. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R. A. Odom and Senior Police Officer J. L. Coffelt reported: 

On Feb. 7, Mr. Palacios was working at his auto repair business when “Lopez” approached him and asked for his pay.  Palacios told “Lopez” to wait until he finished the truck he was working on and he would pay him.  “Lopez” then pulled out a gun, shot Palacios twice, and demanded Palacios give him money and keys to a vehicle.  Palacios then gave “Lopez” the keys to his personal vehicle, a 1991 Ford Explorer.  “Lopez” then fled in the Explorer and remains at large.  The vehicle was later found abandoned near Luling, Texas. 

Anyone with information on this case or on the wanted suspect, “Napoleon Lopez,” is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 

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

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