Houston Police Department
Update: Surveillance Video, Composites of Persons Wanted in Man's Death at 1323 Witte Road

April 25, 2013 - Houston police homicide investigators today (April 25) released surveillance video and composite sketches of suspects wanted for questioning in the fatal beating and burning of a man at 1323 Witte Road about 4 a.m. on Sunday (April 21).

The victim was pronounced dead Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday (April 23). His identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Surveillance video of three persons of interest is available on the HPD YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/USNPrrwWhwM

In addition, composite sketches of two of the males are attached to this news release.

suspect 1 suspect 2

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants A. Semmelrock and W. Bush reported:

Three males were seen beating the victim at the exit gate of the apartment complex at the above address. They then set him on fire before fleeing the scene.

Further investigation has determined a group of three black males was seen walking in the area of Witte Road and Long Point Drive. One of the males was seen on surveillance video carrying a red gallon-sized gas can. Two of the suspects are described as between 17 and 23 years of age, about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with dark complexions and skinny builds. One was wearing a black or dark hoodie and the other a gray or light hoodie. The third suspect is much shorter, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, has a light complexion, believed to be in his teens or early 20s, with a medium build. He was wearing a gray or light hoodie.

The motive in the man's death is unknown. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Update JFC/VHS 4-25-13
KJS/JFC 4-22-13
Inc. #048525513

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