Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 15700 Eastex Freeway

January 13, 2010 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman at 15700 Eastex Freeway (U.S. Highway 59 North) about 3 a.m. on Dec. 26, 2009.

The suspect, Royerick Washington (b/m, DOB: 8-18-90), is charged with murder in the 174th State District Court. He is accused in the death of Sashe Gray Jones, 19, who suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants W.J. Anthony and B. E. Roberts, and Senior Police Officers C.T. Hufstedler and R. W. Chappell reported:

Ms. Jones was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle traveling southbound on the Eastex Freeway when an unknown number of suspects in another vehicle, also traveling southbound, opened fire. Three vehicles, including the one in which Jones was riding, were struck by the gunfire. Jones was the only person wounded in this incident.

The suspects fled the scene in a dark four-door vehicle.

Acting on a Crime Stoppers tips, investigators developed information and witnesses who identified Washington as a suspect in this case. He was arrested on Monday (Jan. 11) and admitted to his involvement in this incident. The motive appears to be an ongoing dispute between Washington and other individuals in one of the vehicles struck by gunfire, and Jones was an innocent victim. Two other possible suspects, both juveniles, remain at large.

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


Update: VHS/JFC 1-13-10
KJS/VHS 12-28-09
Inc. #188250709

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

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