A man from Houston has been arrested concerning the deaths of another man and his 2-year-old son. On Wednesday, the department told the public through Twitter that a 38-year-old man who had been questioned by police “is now facing charges of murder and tampering with evidence.”
HPD said that his name will be public once charges are filed. Before the suspect was caught, the HPD released surveillance video of him walking into what looked like a gas station and asked the public for help finding him.
Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said that the person who died was meeting with a Black or African American man near El Camino Del Rey Street. He said this in a news briefing that was posted on HPD’s Twitter Tuesday evening.
“It appears some type of interaction, possibly argument instilled there, and the suspect produced a firearm and shot the complainant multiple times,” he added. Satterwhite says that the suspect then stole the victim’s car and drove west.
Nearly five hours after the event, a woman called the police to say that her husband and a 2-year-old child were missing.
“The information she gave on her husband and her child and the vehicle that they were in was specific enough” to determine her husband was the one who had been fatally shot, Satterwhite added. “We never knew about the child until she called at 6:36 [p.m.].”
The child was still in the back seat when the police found the victim’s car. By the time police arrived, the child had already died in the car.
After an autopsy, the cause of the child’s death will be known, but Satterwhite said he was left in a locked car that had been turned off. “That’s probably what led to the child’s death,” he said. “But again, we will find that out.”
Satterwhite then asked people to pray for the family and help find the suspect, who was still out on the streets at the time.
Later he said that the husband’s wife didn’t know where he was going, all she knew was that he was meeting someone. The man who was shot and killed was an adult wearing a security uniform.
Michael Essien and his son Micah were killed. Their family told KHOU that they were the ones who died. Michael and his wife have lately welcomed a newborn and also have an older child.
Michael went to high school in Hastings and played sports in college. At the time of his death, he also worked for a security company.
“Tell Houston, tell the whole world that I want my nephew back. His age is only 2. He does not know how to hurt a fly,” Jessie Okon, Micah’s aunt told the outlet. “My brother has always been a peaceful man. I need my brother back.”
Micah’s cousin Etimbuk Isaiah said that Micah was always happy and liked to be around people. He said that Micah was always pleased at church.
Isaiah also said how Michael’s widow is doing: “She’s hanging on, is all I can say. It’s a difficult thing to process right now and so tragic because nobody wakes up planning to die. And just taking it one day at a time, that’s all I can say.”
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