Composite Sketch Released in Fatal Shooting at 6730 Avenue R
June 21, 2010 - Investigators in the Houston Police Department Homicide Division have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 6730 Avenue R about 2:20 p.m. on February 7, 2009.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his late 40s or early 50s and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a slim build and light colored hair worn in a ponytail. He has light skin, a large mole on his left cheek, a closed right nostril, green eyes and a gold front tooth. He goes by the name Napoleon or “Napo,” with the possible last name Lopez. The suspect speaks both Spanish and English and was often seen reading while walking down the street. A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.
The victim, Andres Palacios, 58, of Houston, suffered two gunshot wounds and died from his wounds, more than a year later on April 8, 2010.
At a news conference today (June 21), Palacios’ daughter, Esmeralda Rodriguez, described her father. “He was a hard working man who employed people who needed help,” she said. “This man (the suspect) went to my dad’s shop asking for help. My dad didn’t need to give him a job but he helped him,” said Ms. Rodriguez. "Now we’re asking for the public to help our family. This man needs to pay for what he did. He took a big part of our hearts,” she added. “Just yesterday, Father’s Day, it was hard not having our father to kiss or to wish him happiness on his special day.”
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R. Odom reported:
Mr. Palacios was working at his auto repair business when the suspect approached him and demanded his pay. Palacios promised to pay the suspect once he was finished working on a truck. The suspect then pulled a gun and shot Palacios twice before demanding the rest of the payroll and the keys to Palacios’ vehicle. The truck was recovered the next day near Luling, Texas.
The suspect is believed to have returned to the Houston area and may reside in the city’s southwest side.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect or with any information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.