POLICE Department

Suspects Arrested, Charged in Kidnapping Incident at 5300 Huckleberry Lane

May 5, 2023 - Charges have been filed against three suspects arrested in a kidnapping incident that occurred at 5300 Huckleberry Lane about 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday (May 3).

Richard Padilla, 25, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of tampering with evidence in the 262nd State District Court. 

Didier Joel Ruiz, 22, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 176th State District Court. 

Juan Oliva Gomez, 22, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence in the 176th State District Court.  

Booking photos of all three suspects are attached to this news release.  

The male victim 20, suffered a gunshot wound to the hand.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants R. Watson and M. Burrow reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at the above address and learned the male (victim) had been chased by three males (suspects) from a nightclub on Washington Avenue.  The victim's vehicle became disabled in the 5300 block of Huckleberry at which time the suspects shot the victim and forced him from that location. 

Further investigation led HPD SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) officers to the 11000 block of Bentley Street where the victim was found with a gunshot wound.  He was transported by Houston Fire Department paramedics to an area hospital.

 At that time, SWAT officers also detained three males, later identified as Padilla, Gomez and Ruiz.  After interviewing the suspects and consulting with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the suspects were charged for their roles in the incident.  

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

Richard Padilla
Richard Padilla

Didier Joel Ruiz
Didier Joel Ruiz

Juan Oliva Gomez
Juan Oliva Gomez

VHS/JKS  5-5-23
Inc. #062226423


For additional information, please contact the HPD Office of Community Affairs at 713-308-3200.