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HPD Investigators Link Suspect to Five Murders

February 28, 2011 - Houston police homicide investigators today (Feb. 28) announced a suspect arrested in November 2010 for the murder of one woman is being charged in a second murder and evidence has now linked him to a total of five killings.

The suspect, Lucky Ward (b/m, DOB: 11-1-64), is being charged today with capital murder in the killing of Carlos T. Rodriguez, 40, of Houston.  Ward, a homeless male, was arrested on November 4, 2010 and charged with capital murder in the strangulation of Reita L. Long, 52, of Houston.  A photo of Ward is attached to this news release.

Through DNA, investigators have also linked Ward to three other murder victims: Ruben D. Ical, Raquel A. Mundy, and Carol E. Flood.

All five victims had been strangled.

A brief description of each incident chronologically: 

  • Ical, 51, a transgendered individual, was found partially clothed in a field at 4300 Garrott about 2 p.m. on January 10, 2010.

  • Mundy, 24, was found in a field at 300 St. Charles about 4 p.m. on June 18, 2010.  She was last seen getting into a vehicle with a male outside the downtown Greyhound bus station.

  • Rodriguez, a transgendered individual, was found inside his residence at 207 Frawley about 8 a.m. on September 13, 2010.

  • Long was found near a stairwell of a building at 1700 San Jacinto about 6:20 a.m. on September 30, 2010.  DNA evidence developed Ward as a suspect in the case and he (Ward) confessed to his role and was charged in Long's murder.

  • Flood, 62, was also found lying near a stairwell of a building, at 1600 Louisiana about 5:10 p.m. on October 10, 2010.

Investigators ask anyone with additional information on suspect Lucky Ward or in these cases to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Lucky Ward
JFC/JKS    2-28-11 

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.