Reward increased in security guard murder case

Rene Almeida
Rene Almeida

HOUSTON – An increased award was announced Tuesday morning in connection to the murder of a security guard two years ago.

Rene Almeida was shot and killed on April 18, 2014, outside the gates of the Leawood Condominiums in the 9700 block of Leawood Boulevard. Almeida was working as a security guard at the front gate of the complex.

Almeida's family announced during a press conference Tuesday that they are offering $10,000 in addition to the $5,000 Crime Stoppers amount, bringing the total reward to $15,000.

According to police, Almeida and his accused killer got into a scuffle after the security guard refused to let the him through the gates. Only invited guests of residents with proper identification are allowed inside the complex.

Police believe that the man might have wrested Almeida's own gun from him and used it against him. Almeida's work belt was found at the scene, but not his gun.

"(The security guard) was armed," HPD's Brian Evans said at the time. "He was a licensed security officer so we believe that was indeed the case. He was definitely armed."

Police said Almeida was assaulted before he was shot several times.

Paramedics took Almeida to Ben Taub Hospital, but he died before they arrived.

Family members said Almeida was a loving grandfather who had only been working at the complex for about two weeks before he was killed on the job.

"We want justice in our pursuit. If it was your dad, your grandfather, your uncle, brother, your husband, you would want somebody to come forward. My dad was the nicest person. He made friends with everybody. You don't have to give the name. Tell us if you have known something or have seen something," his daughter, Irene Olonzo, said at the time.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You could earn up to $15,000. All tipsters remain anonymous.

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