Jazmine Barnes’ shooting death among high-profile Harris County trials expected in 2022
Some of the Houston-area’s most notorious crimes will be the focus of major trials this year – including the senseless shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes and the horrific drowning deaths of siblings Oralyn and Kayana Thomas, whose bodies were found in a crawlspace underneath their neighbor’s home.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, March 17
Here are things to know for Wednesday, March 17:1. AdSurrounded by several members of the Houston Police Department, Acevedo said he wanted everyone to understand how he came to the decision to leave Houston. “I decided to take the Miami position because Miami is a world-class city like Houston,” Acevedo said. The wholesale electricity retailer, which has recently been forced out of the market, charged a $9.99 monthly fee and, in turn, passed along wholesale prices to customers. When wholesale energy bill prices skyrocketed during the storm as temperatures plunged below freezing, Griddy customers were subject to the same costs with no buffer.
Man accused of killing HPD Sgt. Sean Rios posts bond
HOUSTON – A man accused of killing a Houston police sergeant during a shootout along the North Freeway on Nov. 9, 2020, has posted bond, according to multiple sources. Robert Soliz, 24, was arrested during a traffic stop along Interstate 10 Katy Freeway a day after the fatal shooting. Sean Rios, 47, a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. The chief said Rios was on his way to work when the shootout happened. AdREAD: Houston police sergeant killed during shootout along North Freeway, chief saysCourt Records show Soliz has been arrested numerous times, dating back to 2014.
‘Person of extreme interest’ in fatal shooting of HPD Sgt. Rios taken into custody on DWI charges, docs show
HOUSTON – A “person of extreme interest” in connection with a November’s shootout that killed a Houston police sergeant was taken into custody Monday on two unrelated charges, according to documents. The suspect, 24-year-old Jason Vazquez, appeared in court Tuesday. Houston police said detectives sought 24-year-old Jason Vazquez to question him about the Nov. 9 death of Houston Police Department Sgt. Vazquez is being held at the Harris County Jail for two DWI charges from September 2019. Police said they believe Rios was trying to intervene in an earlier exchange of gunfire between two vehicles on the freeway when he was killed.
Police identify ‘person of extreme interest’ being sought in fatal shooting of HPD Sgt. Rios
HOUSTON – Police on Tuesday identified a “person of extreme interest” who is being sought in connection with the shootout that killed a Houston police sergeant last week. Houston police said detectives want to question 24-year-old Jason Vazquez in connection with the Nov. 9 death of Houston Police Department Sgt. Investigators said Vazquez, who has not been charged in the shooting, was seen talking to 24-year-old Robert Soliz Jr., who has been charged with murder in connection with the case, after the shooting. Police said they believe Rios was trying to intervene in an earlier exchange of gunfire between two vehicles on the freeway when he was killed. Anyone with information about Vazquez’s whereabouts or the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477.
‘Like the Wild, Wild West’: Witness describes shootout that killed HPD sergeant
HOUSTON – A witness to Monday’s deadly shootout that killed a Houston police sergeant described the scene to KPRC 2 during an exclusive interview Friday. “They both began pointing their guns at each other and I heard shots,” said the witness. Soliz was ducking, dodging and shooting behind plants, while the sergeant fired shots from the fence pole, according to the witness. “So he would give sergeant Rios the okay to look around, get an aim or take a shot,” said the witness. When the witness got back up, sergeant Rios was running towards the motel.
Houston police sergeant killed in shootout remembered as dedicated public servant, family man
HOUSTON – A veteran Houston police sergeant who was fatally shot last week while trying to intervene during a shootout was remembered Wednesday as a leader who dedicated his life to his family and community. Family and friends attended a funeral service for Sean Rios, 47, at a Houston church. Police Chief Art Acevedo has said investigators believe Rios saw the shootout and was killed trying to intervene when he was shot. During the funeral service, Acevedo said Rios’ decision to try to stop the shootout was an example of his dedication to helping others. Rios was the second Houston officer to be killed in the past four weeks and the fourth since last December.
Man accused of killing HPD Sgt. Sean Rios makes second court appearance; bond now set at $700,000
HOUSTON – The suspect charged with the murder of Sgt. A judge increased his bond to now include two new charges of aggravated assault. On Monday, prosecutors said witnesses saw Soliz, who is an alleged gang member, and Sgt. Witnesses said Soliz sped away in his Mercedes, along with another man in a black pickup truck. The judge set the bond at $100,000 for each of the new charges.
‘Emotions run hot’: Attorney of suspect in HPD sergeant’s slaying wants case investigated by outside agency
Robert Soliz, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in connection with Monday’s slaying of HPD Sgt. Looney said that while he was driving on Interstate 10 Katy Freeway, he was surrounded by a fleet of law enforcement vehicles that forced him to pull over. Looney said that action indicates that HPD is not the agency that should be investigating the case. “Whenever you are that close to the situation, your emotions run hot and your logic runs short,” Looney said. He said he believes Soliz is innocent of murder and that Soliz and Rios never encountered each other before Monday.
Bond set at $500,000 for man accused of killing HPD Sgt. Sean Rios
Robert Soliz, 24, appeared before a judge around 4 p.m. Wednesday where his bond was set at $500,000. READ MORE: 1 arrested, 1 sought in slaying of HPD sergeant along North FreewaySoliz has been charged with murder in connection with the death of HPD Sgt. Booking photo of Robert Soliz, 24, now charged in connection with the fatal shooting of HPD Sergeant Sean Rios. Soliz’s most recent arrest came in February when he was arrested carrying a handgun in a motor vehicle. Police released surveillance video and images Tuesday of a second “person of extreme interest” being sought in connection with the case.
Arrest Made In Houston Police Sergeant’s Slaying – Houston Public Media
Sean Rios, 47, was fatally shot while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston. A suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a Houston police sergeant, officials said Tuesday. Sean Rios, 47, was fatally shot Monday while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston. Rios was the second Houston police officer to be killed in the past three weeks and the fourth since December. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
1 arrested, 1 sought in slaying of HPD sergeant along North Freeway
HOUSTON – One person has been arrested Tuesday and another person is being sought in connection with the slaying of a Houston police sergeant killed during a shootout along the North Freeway. Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said Robert Soliz, 24, was arrested during a traffic stop along Interstate 10 Katy Freeway. Soliz has been charged with murder in connection with the death of HPD Sgt. Sean Rios, Acevedo said. Acevedo also released surveillance video and images of a second “person of extreme interest” in connection with the case.