Composite Sketches Released in Fatal Shooting at 6724 Avenue V

February 16, 2008 - Investigators in the Houston Police Department Homicide Division have released composite sketches of two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 6724 Avenue V about 4:55 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2008.


One suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and with a skinny build.   

The second suspect is also a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and with a chubby build.  Both were dressed in black clothing.  Composite sketches of both suspects are attached to this news release. 


The victim, Jose Alvarenga, 40, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants E. Cisneros and Officer D. Vasquez reported:

Mr. Alvarenga and his family were asleep in their home when he was awakened by a loud noise downstairs.  Alvarenga went downstairs and found two suspects had kicked in the back door and were in the residence.  One suspect then ordered Alvarenga, at gunpoint, to the ground while the other suspect ran upstairs and ordered Alvarenga’s daughters to lie on the ground next to their father.  Both suspects then repeatedly demanded money from the family.  When Alvarenga failed to produce any money, he was shot.  Both suspects then fled the scene in an older model white van with a sliding door. 

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.

Update: VHS/JFC
JFC/VHS 12-19-08
Inc #186048308

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