Five people, including a 17-year-old girl, have been charged with capital murder after a crime spree that claimed the lives of 23-year-old Maria Chrisalee Aparece of Fort Bend County, and 17-year-old Huy Ngo of Houston.
Dexter Johnson, 18, was charged with capital murder on Saturday. Johnson was one of four people questioned last week by police at a Humble apartment complex, where Aparece’s blue 2003 Toyota Matrix was recovered.
Houston police wouldn’t discuss other suspects on Monday. However, sources close to the case identified four of them as Ashley Rochelee Ervin, 17; Keithron Marcquis Fields, 17; Timothy Lamont Randle, 19, and Alvie Lee Butler II, 22.
According to Harris County Sheriff’s records, Ervin and Fields each were arrested and charged Sunday with two counts of capital murder. One of the charges against Fields is labeled a “multi murder.” Butler is charged with a single count of capital murder.
Randle was arrested Saturday, sheriff’s records show. He was charged with two counts of capital murder, one a “multi murder.”
Johnson has been charged with three separate counts of capital murder (one termed a “multi murder” in sheriff’s records), two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and one count of possession of marijuana.
A criminal complaint against Johnson accuses him of shooting Aparece and Ngo on June 18. Law enforcement sources have said they believe the two were victims of a car-jacking, possibly in Ngo’s driveway.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Johnson also has been charged with capital murder in two unrelated deaths – that of Brady Davis, around May 26, and Jose Morales Lopez, around June 20 – both during armed robberies.
Houston police have said they believe Aparece’s car was used to commit several other crimes, but they have not discussed details of the crime spree. Law enforcement sources have said the group of suspects may have committed a string of car-jackings and armed robberies from Houston to Austin County.
The four suspects now under arrest in Harris County Jail told investigators they took Aparece’s car, but left her and Ngo safely by the side of the road.
Aparece, of Elder Bridge Drive near Sugar Land, had driven to Alperton Drive in Houston at about 1 a.m. on June 18, to deliver a set of keys to Ngo, 17, Fort Bend Sheriff’s investigators said.
The two were never seen alive again.
Police and volunteers from the Texas Equusearch organization began a search for the missing couple. On Friday, police found two bodies in dense vegetation in a field in northeast Houston, in the 10400 block of Gateway Drive. Police believe the bodies had been there for at least two days.
One of the bodies has been positively identified as Aparece. As of Monday afternoon, the other body hadn’t yet been identified.
Aparece’s family has scheduled a viewing for the woman from 5-8 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Settegast-Kopf Funeral home, at 15015 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land.
Funeral services Aparece have been set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, at Notre Dame Catholic Church at 7720 Boone Road in Houston.