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Update on Incident at 8003 Fillmore

December 7, 2005 -- Houston police have arrested and charged two men in the fatal shooting of Valdemar Vega that occurred at 8003 Fillmore on December 2, 2005 about 9:15 a.m. The suspects Albert Ray Wiggins (bm/ DOB 6-14-84) and Jason Dubois Sanders (bm/ DOB 11-8-85) were taken into custody without incident around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at a motel in LaPorte, Texas. Surveillance photos printed in newspapers and aired on TV newscast prompted several Crime Stoppers tips to investigators. The suspects were transported back to Houston where they gave confessions regarding the murder of Mr. Vega.

Both suspects have been charged with capital murder in the 230th State District Court. Photos of the suspects will not be made available until line-ups have been completed.

The details of the incident are as follows:

The victim is identified as Valdemar Vega, 52, of 8003 Fillmore. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.R. Swaim and Officer A.D. Brown reported:

Mr. Vega owned and operated a meat market/check cashing business located at 8003 Fillmore. At approximately 9:15 December 2, two young black males entered the store wearing ski masks and carrying dark colored semi-automatic pistols. The suspects robbed the store and fatally shot Mr. Vega. The suspects fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspects were wearing dark colored sweatshirts and baggy blue jean shorts.

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

UPDATE: AW/ RMM 12-7-05
JGA 12-3-05
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.