Man arrested in connection with deadly chase that killed 13-year-old boy

By Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter

HOUSTON - Police have arrested a man wanted for the murder of a 13-year-old boy who died in a crash on June 18.

Police said the victim's friends were trying to escape police, and the friends left him to die.

Police believe 19-year-old Frederick York was behind the wheel of the car when it crashed that Sunday early morning. U.S. Marshals and Galveston officers made the arrest Thursday afternoon.

Police said it started when officer got calls of car burglaries near hotels in Galveston.

"We received multiple calls of burglary with vehicles occurring at various hotels so we responded to that," said Derek Gaspard, a detective with Galveston Police Department.

Police said 13-year-old Kenneth Edmond III was in a truck with friends June 18. Police said the vehicle fit the description of a stolen truck that was believed to be involved with the burglaries. Police started pursuing the vehicle.

"That vehicle began to evade from police and ultimately hit high rates of speed," Gaspard said.

Records showed the truck drove erratically, going 86 mph, blowing past nine stop signs and eventually crashing into a home near 28th and Avenue K.

"Witnesses saw people flee on foot," Gaspard said.

Police said York and the others left Edmond dead in the truck.

"Evading arrest or driving at high rates of speed to avoid arrest is going to put everyone in danger," Gaspard said.

York is being held at the Galveston Jail. His bond is set at $150,000.

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