March 05, 2012 - Houston police homicide investigators said evidence has determined fatal shootings at 7055 Ashburn on October 13, 2013 and at 8935 Duane on November 8, 2012, are related and they are asking for the public's help in providing identities of the suspects responsible.
Ballistics evidence collected at both scenes indicates the same gun was used in the killings of John S. Martinez, 45, on October 13 and Criss Gerald Knight, 50, on November 8.
Photos of both victims are attached to this news release.
Grieving members of the Knight and Martinez families joined HPD homicide investigators at a news conference today (Mar. 5) in urging anyone with information on the identity of the suspect(s) responsible to contact Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a reward up to $5,000 in each case.
After visiting his brother, Mr. Martinez returned to his home at 7055 Ashburn about 10:05 p.m. He parked his truck in his driveway and was walking to his front door when he was confronted by three unknown males. He was then shot and robbed. The suspects sped away in an unknown vehicle.
Mr. Knight was driving his Ford F-250 pickup truck when his path was blocked by an unknown vehicle at the intersection of Duane at Clover. It is believed a passenger in Knight's truck got out of the vehicle, walked in front of it and then shot Knight. Witnesses said the shooter got into an unknown vehicle, possibly a black pickup truck, and fled. Knight's truck continued north on Duane, went through a fence, struck two parked cars and then stopped in the front yard of a residence at 8935 Duane.
Anyone with information in either or both of these cases is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
John S. Martinez
Incs. #141809812 & 130284512
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.