HPD: Suspects sought after man killed for iPhone

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HOUSTON - Authorities are searching for the suspect(s) responsible for killing a man during a robbery in which the victim's iPhone was stolen.

In the early morning hours of October 1, Houston police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Randolph and Constellation Ln. in the Skyscraper Shadow Subdivision in response to reports of a shooting.  When officers arrived they say they found Rafael Ortiz Farias' body lying in the middle of the 9600 block of Randolph.

Farias, 43, was last seen leaving the neighborhood ice house on the date in question at approximately 1am.  Investigators believe that the victim was killed during the course of a robbery in which his iPhone was stolen.

Following a thorough investigation into the incident, no suspects have been identified.  Investigators now hope that an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Houston will lead to the identification, charging and arrest of the suspect(s) responsible.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Download Houston Crime Stoppers in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World.  Call 713-222-TIPS (8477). Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).  Visit www.crime-stoppers.org.

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