Suspects Charged in 1992 Killings of Four People
August 11, 2009 - Charges have been filed against three suspects in the 1992 fatal shootings of four people at 9416 Coffee Street.
The three suspects, Jeremiah (Jerry) Dewayne Arnold (b/m, DOB: 4-26-71), Rasheed Abdul Aziz (b/m, DOB: 10-09-74), Dwayne Eythell (b/m, DOB: 12-27-74), are all charged with capital murder in the 228th State District Court. All three are currently in prison for unrelated offenses.
The victims, Robert Arceneaux, 20, Jonathan Duncan, 16, Quinntin Evans, 20, and Laurie Mitchell, 19, suffered fatal gunshot wounds during a robbery. Photos of Mr. Evans and Mr. Arceneaux are attached to this news release. Photos of Mr. Duncan and Ms. Mitchell are not attached and their families have requested the media not contact them.
HPD Homicide Division Lieutenant R. Walker and Sergeant B. Harris reported:
On July 17, 1992, the bodies of the four victims were found inside a Coffee Street residence. All four had been shot and killed during a robbery. The original investigation never successfully identified the people responsible for the killings.
In May 2008, Dwayne Eythell, mailed a letter from prison to the HPD Homicide Division stating that he had information about the killings. Eythell was interviewed and admitted to being involved in the robbery and killings. Eythell provided the names of Arnold and Aziz and the following investigation led to murder charges against all three suspects.
While the suspects have been identified and charged, the investigation is not yet complete as investigators would like to speak to at least two people with additional knowledge about the case.
During the original 1992 investigation, information was obtained that a juvenile male had possibly witnessed the murder, but was afraid to come forward. This young man was never identified or located. New information confirmed that a juvenile male witnessed the killings and investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding this man. They would like him to come forward and tell investigators what he saw.
A second person also provided information about this case, specifically as it pertained to Rasheed Aziz. The informant was never identified and investigators would like this person to come forward and assist with this case.
Investigators believe there are other witnesses that may have significant and relevant information about the deaths of Mr. Arceneaux, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Evans, and Ms. Mitchell. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200 .