Arrest made in fatal beating, sex assault

4 people attacked in southeast Houston home

HOUSTON - Police have arrested a man they said went on a deadly rampage at a southeast Houston home over a set of car keys.

Johnathan Renard Castaneda, 25, was booked into the Houston jail on Monday. His charges include murder, aggravated assault and sexual assault.

Police said Castaneda was at a gathering at a home on Van Fleet Street near Jutland Road around 1 a.m. Friday. They said 45-year-old Keith Armstrong was looking for his car keys and accused Castaneda of stealing them.

Investigators said Castaneda became enraged and an argument started. He was on PCP at the time, according to court documents.

Police said Castaneda beat Armstrong unconscious before also beating up two men and a woman. Police said Castaneda then used household objects to beat Armstrong until he died. They believe sometime during the attack, the female victim was sexually assaulted. She was the one who identified Castaneda to police.

"Defendant Castaneda attacked Armstrong using a variety of objects, including a metal end-table and several wooden chairs. This attack ended with Mr. Armstrong's death," said a Houston police officer. "The defendant then chased another witness down the street after he saw her fleeing the house. He struck her in the face several times, which resulted in a broken arm and facial fractures."

The three victims who survived were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Bond for Castaneda was set at $120,000 on the murder and weapons counts. Castaneda is being held without bond on the sexual assault charge.

Castaneda has a criminal record including sexual abuse of a child, assault and drug offenses, officials said.

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