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16-year-old arrested in deadly shooting of a grandmother outside gym in SE Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 16-year-old suspect was arrested Friday afternoon for the deadly shooting of Elsa Mikeska, a 62-year-old grandmother, outside of a southeast Houston gym last week, Houston police said.

HPD homicide detectives will not be releasing the suspect’s name or photo due to his age.

“I want to commend our detectives for their diligent efforts in this case,” said HPD Chief Troy Finner in a tweet. “As with any tragic loss of life, we share in the Mikeska family’s grief, and want them, and all families who have lost loved ones to violence to know we will work tirelessly to bring these criminals to justice.”

Last Thursday, Mikeska was arriving for a 5 a.m. exercise class when she was ambushed in the parking lot in an attempted robbery.

Now, a makeshift memorial sits next to the spot where Mikeska died outside Life Fit Personal Fitness Studio, located in the 10500 block of Fuqua Street near Beamer Road.

Her funeral took place Thursday.

Late Thursday, Houston police released surveillance video of the suspects’ vehicle.

The suspects’ white Chevrolet SUV parked near the victim just before 5 a.m. Thursday, and two people got out. Officers say the suspects confronted the woman and she took off running toward the gym before they opened fire, killing her.

ORIGINAL STORY: Woman shot and killed while trying to flee carjackers outside SE Houston gym, police say

Mikeska was a member of the gym and fellow gym members described her as a regular.

The gym shooting wasn’t the only incident police believe the suspects are connected to.

An hour before, officers say the suspects attempted to carjack a vehicle from a woman at 10100 Freehill Street, about two miles from the gym. The car was broken down, so they weren’t able to steal it. The victim ran, and no shots were fired.

Officers said they aren’t sure why the suspects opened fire when the victim ran toward the gym.

Police said the investigation remains active despite the arrest. They added that they’re looking for information regarding other individuals believed to be in the SUV, which HPD identified as a Suburban.

The suspects are described only as possibly Hispanic males in their early 20s, police said.

If anyone has any information to share, please call HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 or remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Suspects still on the run 1 day after grandmother shot and killed outside SE Houston gym

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In-custody 16-year-old escapes from Dell Children’s Medical Center

16-year-old escapes from Dell Children's Medical Center

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is looking for a 16-year-old boy who escaped custody Monday while undergoing treatment at Dell Children’s Medical Center, according to a release from the department.

Erik Robinson, from Corpus Christi, escaped custody around 6:40 p.m. while he was outside for supervised recreation at the hospital at 4900 Mueller Boulevard, the release says.

Robinson is described by authorities as a white male with blond hair and blue eyes. He is 5’8″ and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has scars on his right wrist, his left hand, both knees, and his back. He was last seen wearing a gray Adidas sweat shirt and gray sweat pants, the release says.

Residents in the area near Dell Children’s Medical Center and in Corpus Christi should be aware of their surroundings. If you see Robinson, authorities ask that you call 911, but not engage him.

TJJD says it typically does not reveal the identities of youth, but in situations such as an escape the agency does so to help ensure public safety and the safety of the youth.

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Luton stabbing: Two teenagers arrested after 16-year-old boy dies in hospital

Police officers were called to reports of a stabbing on Stoneygate Road in Challney at around 4pm.

After being rushed to hospital with multiple wounds, the victim was pronounced dead two hours after the incident.

The victim has not been formally identified but his family has been informed of his death, according to Bedfordshire Police.


Police confirmed a teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.

The suspect received hospital treatment for minor injuries, the force said.

Another teenage boy who suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Chief Superintendent John Murphy from Bedfordshire Police said: “Appalling violence has cost a teenage boy his life today.

“We have dedicated specialist officers piecing together the circumstances around this shocking attack and our thoughts are with the victim’s family, as well as friends and the wider community who will be concerned and saddened by this news.

“We believe this was an isolated incident with no risk to the wider public, and our community officers will be patrolling the area to give reassurance to residents.

“We will pursue anybody who thinks the use of weapons is acceptable and we will crack down hard on anybody perpetrating this kind of crime.”


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16-year-old accused of killing another teen in Bell County

16-year-old accused of killing another teen in Bell County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 16-year-old faces a murder charge after being accused of shooting and killing another teen in east Austin and abandoning the body in a car in Bell County last week.

APD identified the victim as Rigo Dominguez, also 16. APD has not identified the suspect because he is a minor.

Officers said on May 6 at about 12:23 p.m., two people reported a homicide had happened the day before in the 5200 block of Tower Trail, which is in a neighborhood off East 51st Street. They said the 16-year-old suspect shot and killed another teen during a drug deal.

According to APD, the people who reported the homicide said the suspect then drove the victim in the victim’s car to 5600 FM 3481 in Harker Heights, Texas. That’s about a half-hour southwest of Temple. The suspect put the victim in the trunk of the car and left it there, police said.

APD notified the Bell County Sheriff’s Office of the car’s location, and deputies found it and Dominguez.

A murder warrant was issued, and APD said the suspect was arrested on May 6 in the 1600 block of East Parmer Lane. They were taken to Gardner-Betts Juvenile Detention Facility.

On May 8, autopsy results found the official cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the neck in the manner of homicide. APD said this is the 30th homicide of the year.

Anyone with information or video of the shooting can call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS, email [email protected], use the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 or the Crime Stoppers app.

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16-year-old dies in accidental shooting inside abandoned home in east Harris County, investigators say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Investigators believe a 16-year-old was accidentally shot while he and three others were handling a handgun inside an abandoned home on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded at about 1:18 p.m. to the 12800 block of Flagstaff Lane, which is located near Beaumont Highway and S. Lake Houston Parkway.

The teen was transported to the hospital with critical injuries before he was pronounced dead.

Major Susan Cotter of the sheriff’s office said there were four juveniles in the home, all 16 or 17 years old. Deputies believe the boy was killed due to an accidental discharge of the firearm.

The sheriff’s office added the victim was hit in the chest and a 17-year-old boy admitted to handling the gun when it went off.

The three remaining teens were released to their families. The case is being referred to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for potential charges.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News the home where the shooting took place had been through a fire and, after it was partially rebuilt, flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Deputies believe the teens were skipping school when they gathered at the home.

SEE ALSO: How COVID-19 has impacted rise in violence involving teens in Harris County

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16-year-old Houston girl hit while vacationing in Florida returns home

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — It was supposed to be a beach vacation for the Friels family, but it came to an abrupt end when 16-year-old Melissa Friels was hit by a car.Three weeks after the family began their spring break vacation in Destin, Florida, Melissa is finally back in Houston. She returned on Wednesday on a medical flight from Pensacola.

“She cried. I think we both cried,” said Melissa’s sister, Kaylon Friels. “No big sister wants to see her like that.”SEE ALSO: 16-year-old Houston girl hit by car while vacationing in Florida now out of ICU[1]

Just two days into the family’s trip, the Spring High School sophomore was hit by a car while on a bike ride with cousins. Due to the severity of her injuries, Melissa had to also undergo emergency brain surgery.

“They didn’t expect her to live because of how bad it was, how bad she was hit, how bad she flew over the car and landed on her head,” explained Kaylon.

The 16-year-old not only survived but amazed her Florida medical team with her quick rebound.She was admitted to TIRR Memorial Hermann months earlier than expected. But she did suffer a traumatic brain injury and the teen will have to relearn how to sit up, stand, talk and even swallow.

For her family, it has been hard, but they said they are blessed she is still with them. They told ABC13 their cross country runner is a fighter and determined to keep beating the odds.

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Son of cyclist Lance Armstrong accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old, Austin police say

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Luke Armstrong, son of world-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, was arrested and accused of sexual assault with a child, according to an Austin Police Department affidavit.

The affidavit says 21-year-old Luke David Armstrong sexually assaulted a 16-year-old after a party in south Austin in June 2018. He was 18 at the time.

Armstrong’s attorney, Randy Leavitt, denied the allegations and claimed that the two were in a consensual relationship that lasted months. He said the Armstrong family is supporting their son and is gathering evidence to present to the district attorney which dispute the victim’s claims.

“What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and was not a sexual assault. It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways,” Leavitt said. “These charges should not have been filed and certainly not three years later.”

The victim told police in November 2020 that she asked Armstrong to pick her up from the party after she had been drinking. The victim says she didn’t remember the ride in Armstrong’s truck but remembered waking up on a couch at a house where Luke lived and being sexually assaulted, the affidavit says.

In a December 2020 phone call between the victim and Armstrong, the affidavit says Armstrong admitted to having sex with the victim at his dad’s house. Police say the assault happened at a home in the 1700 block of Windsor Road. The Austin Business Journal reported[1] in 2018 that Lance Armstrong put a home on that block of Windsor Road on the market in March 2018 and it sold in June.

Leavitt said the claim that sexual contact between the victim and Armstrong solely occurred on that one June night is false. The attorney said that the two maintained a relationship for several months that summer.

“It wasn’t a one-time thing,” Leavitt said. “They had something of a relationship going on for a brief period of time.”

APD interviewed multiple people who were connected to the victim and had previous conversations about the incident. Most told police that the victim indicated that she was sexually assaulted. One friend, however, told police that the sex was consensual, the affidavit says.

Armstrong was granted and released on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday, Armstrong’s attorney Randy Leavitt said. The family is fully cooperating with the district attorney’s office and Leavitt said he is actively gathering evidence and witness testimonies to prove Armstrong’s innocence.

“A complete review of the facts will confirm what has been alleged absolutely did not occur. And a proper and thorough legal process will exonerate Luke,” Leavitt said.

Armstrong was a walk-on member of the Rice University football team in 2018 and 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season, due to COVID-19, according to a spokesperson with Rice Athletics. Rice University confirmed Armstrong is still a student at the school.


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16-year-old Houston girl hit by car while vacationing in Florida now out of ICU

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston family is counting their blessings on Good Friday after their daughter was critically injured while on a family vacation in Florida.Melissa Friels, 16, was hit by a car while riding a bicycle in Pensacola. She has been in the ICU at a hospital since Monday, March 15, after having to undergo emergency brain surgery.

On Friday, her parents told ABC13 Melissa graduated from ICU and while they were settling into their new room, they got a call they’d been eagerly waiting for.”God really and truly has been with Melissa this whole entire time and gave us good news like, ‘Hey you’re going to a different room,'” said Melissa’s father Kenneth Friels. “When we get to the different room and get settled, we get a phone call from TIRR and it’s like ‘Wow!’ So we will never look at Good Friday just as Good Friday. We will look at it as a good blessing day.”

They family said they were hoping to transition her recovery and therapy to Houston. The phone call from Memorial Herman TIRR means they can now come home much sooner than expected.

Her father said Melissa’s recovery will be long and she will have to re-learn how to walk, talk and even swallow.But he says she has already made great strides and is able to wave, high five and give a thumbs up.

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