POLICE Department

Suspect Arrested, Charged in Investigation into Two Men Found Deceased at 5203 Arboles Drive

March 11, 2021 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a kidnapping incident where the bodies of two men were found at 5203 Arboles Drive shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday (March 10).  

The suspect, Daniel Karl Hite (w/m, 26), was taken into custody and subsequently charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping in the 339th State District Court.  A booking photo of Hite is attached to this news release. 

The victims, identified as Amilcar Eduardo Rivera, 28, and his brother, Richard Alexander Rivera, 25, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their causes of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives W. Huff and J. Nguyen reported:  

About 2:15 a.m., HPD patrol officers responded to a discharge of firearms call at a condominium complex at the above address.  When officers arrived and announced themselves, they were threatened by a male suspect, who stated, "if you want to go home tonight, leave my address."  Officers then saw two males climbing out a second-floor bedroom window.  The males claimed they and four other persons were being held against their will by the suspect inside the location.  HPD SWAT and Hostage Negotiation teams responded to the scene. 

After convincing the suspect to surrender peacefully, SWAT officers searched the residence and found two deceased males,, later identified as Amilcar and Richard Rivera, in a second floor bedroom from which the two males were initially seen climbing out.  There were no obvious signs of trauma to either victim.  

No charges have been filed for the deaths of Amilcar and Richard Rivera at this time, as the investigation is pending their autopsy results.  

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Daniel Karl Hite

VHS/JFC  3-11-21
Inc. #031939421


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