Murder suspect arrested, daughter found safe
HOUSTON – The intersection of Vailview Drive and Annunciation Street, this is the quiet street where homicide detectives say a volatile love triangle came to a bloody and violent end about 4 p.m. Sunday.
Murphy Bonds says his son, Damien Eugene Bonds, 37, was gunned down in cold blood by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend.
“The girl my son was dating, her boyfriend, had threatened him several times about messing with his girl, whatever, and he was a sick person. To my understanding, he had just gotten out of a mental institution two weeks ago, bipolar, and he came by today and killed my son," Murphy Bonds said.
After the shooting, investigators say the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Jatrel Rollins, fled the scene in his car.
Even worse, investigators say he fled with his own 2-year-old daughter in the car with him.
But about a block from the scene of the murder, the shooter lost control of his car, spun out in front of a church, broke a wheel on his car and took off running with his daughter in tow.
“After shooting the victim, he fled with his biological daughter," said Detective Robert Klementich with the Houston Police Homicide Unit.
As for the murder itself, detectives say the killer has a history of domestic violence, and at some point this afternoon, came to his ex-girlfriend’s house, threw a cellphone at her face and then went back to his car to get his gun and finish off her new boyfriend.
“The suspect went back to his motor vehicle, retrieved a pistol and as the victim was walking into the house, the suspect comes and shoots him in the back multiple times," Klementich said.
Rollins was arrested about 8 p.m. Sunday. His daughter was unharmed.