UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2016 Fatal Shooting at 1600 McNeil
An investigation determined Cruz and a female drove to the location to purchase narcotics. During the transaction, a physical altercation ensued between the female and another female. At that time, the male narcotics dealer fatally shot Cruz.
July 21, 2017 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at 1600 McNeil about 11:15 p.m. on October 12, 2016.
The suspect, Ronald Craig Jones (b/m, 36) is charged with murder in the 184th State District Court for his role in the killing of Joel Cruz, 19.
A March 2017 photo of suspect Jones is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Senior Police Officer J. Roscoe reported:
HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address and found Mr. Cruz lying in the street deceased.
Further investigation led to the identity of Jones as the suspect in this case and he was subsequently charged while in the Harris County Jail on a previous charge.
Ronald Craig Jones
Update: JFC/KJS 7-21-17
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