POLICE Department

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged In Woman's Death a 6608 Sherwood

May 8, 2017HOUSTON - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a woman found at 6300 Sherwood Drive about 2:55 p.m. on April 24.   

The suspect, Moises R. Ayala (H/m, 25), is charged with capital murder in the 209th State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of  his sister-in-law, Zuleaki Hernandez, 23, of the above address. 

A photo of suspect Ayala is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Chebret and Detective M. Waters II reported: 

Ms. Hernandez's family members found her in the bathroom of her residence.  Evidence from the scene indicated a struggle had occurred and nothing appeared to have been stolen.  

Hernandez was last seen on April 21 arriving at her home in a black SUV between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.  At that time, witnesses reported seeing a white 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck with Texas license plates CYR9360 parked on the driveway on the south end of the residence.  Hernandez was seen getting her dogs back into her yard before going inside her residence.  The truck left the residence a short time after that.

The abandoned Ford F-350 pickup truck was recovered on April 24 in the 6400 block of Mesa.   

Further investigation identified Ayala as the suspect in this case and he was taken into custody on Sunday (May 7) without incident. 

Moises R. Ayala
Moises R. Ayala

Update: VHS/KJS  5-9-17
VHS/JFC  4-24-17
Inc. #050875717

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