Houston Police Department
Update: Suspect Arrested in Woman's Death at 24000 Katy Freeway

October 19, 2012 - Houston police have arrested a suspect wanted in the death of one woman found at 24000 Katy Freeway (West Interstate Highway 10) and wounding of a second woman found at 20900 Katy Freeway about 8:40 p.m. on Oct. 11.

The suspect, Noe Aranda (H/m, DOB: 5-31-80), is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 184th State District Court for his role in the death of Cristina Huerta, 22, and serious injuries inflicted on Yadira Reynosa, 21. Aranda shot both women several times.

A current photo of suspect Aranda is attached to this news release.

Suspect Noe Aranda

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Parker and Senior Police Officer S. Straughter reported:

HPD patrol officers, along with Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies, responded to a scene that appeared to be an accident at 24000 Katy Freeway in which a female was struck by several vehicles.

Further investigation determined persons inside a blue Dodge Magnum had gotten into an argument. At some point, a weapon was produced and Ms. Reynosa jumped from the vehicle traveling westbound in the 20900 block of the Katy Freeway. She was transported to the hospital. A second woman (Ms. Huerta) from the same vehicle was either pushed or jumped from the vehicle in the 24000 block of the Katy Freeway. She was struck by several vehicles and died at the scene.

During the course of the investigation, Aranda was identified as the driver of the Magnum. Through the combined efforts of the Houston Police Department and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, on Thursday (Oct. 18), Aranda was arrested without incident at a northwest Harris County residence.

Update #2: KJS/JKS 10-19-12
Update #1: JFC/KJS 10-15-12
VHS/JFC 10-12-12
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