POLICE Department

Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 9612 Beechnut Street

September 12, 2023 - Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 9612 Beechnut Street about 3:45 p.m. on Monday (September 11).  

The suspect, Luis Roberto Molina Cruz, 42, is charged with murder in the 351st State District Court.  A 2015 booking photo of Molina Cruz, who is not  in custody, is attached to this news release.  

The identity of the victim, 42, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Dunn and Detective J. Gardner reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting outside a restaurant at the above address and found the victim unresponsive on the front patio.  He had suffered a gunshot wound.  Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.  

Further investigation and evidence from the scene determined the victim was sitting on the patio with two adult females when a male suspect approached.  The two males got into an argument that escalated when the suspect, identified as Molina Cruz, shot the victim and then walked to his vehicle. 

Molina Cruz fled the scene in a gray Honda Civic with Texas license plates RZD3672.  A surveillance photo of Molina Cruz with his vehicle is attached to this news release.  

Molina Cruz was subsequently charged for his role in the incident and remains at large.  

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Luis Robert Molina Cruz or 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.

WANTED: Luis Roberto Molina Cruz (2015)
WANTED: Luis Roberto Molina Cruz (2015)

Molina Cruz w Honda CivicĀ 
TX license platesĀ RZD3672
Molina Cruz w Honda Civic 
TX license plates RZD3672

VHS/JFC  9-12-23
Inc. #130456223


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