Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man in northwest Houston about 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday.
The victim, Frank Medrano, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.
At a news conference today, HPD Homicide Division Sergeant Warren Meeler described Medrano as a friendly, hardworking person.
“Frank was kind, honest, and had an infectious smile. He woke up at 5 a.m. to go to work, worked all day, and then spent a lot of time with his family- a big, good, honest family,” Sergeant Meeler said.
Medrano was working at a new home construction site at at 720 South Ella Creek when he was shot during an apparent attempted robbery.
Several witnesses heard the gunshot and saw a suspect running from the scene, Sergeant Meeler said. The suspect is described only as a black male, wearing black or dark blue pants and a black hoodie with a single gray stripe running down both sleeves as well as a white stripe around the face opening. He is about 20 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a medium to muscular build.
“At this time of the day there were numerous individuals outside. There were parents taking their children to school. People were going to work. So I am asking that one person who saw this individual with the distinctive black hoodie or knows who he might be to call the HPD Homicide Division or Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and there is a reward,” Sergeant Meeler said.
“If we allow this individual to kill an innocent person that’s working hard and minding his own business, the next person could be your brother or your father or your mother. If you know this individual, call us. Help us get this individual off the streets,” he added.
Medrano’s parents and brother described him as a good person and also asked for the public’s help.
“Anyone who knew him knew the type of person he was,” said Medrano’s older brother, Erick Gutierrez. “He was a great kid, great brother, very friendly. If he saw that you needed help, he would stop and help you. To me, he was a good example of a good Samaritan,” Gutierrez said.
“If anyone knows something about who killed my brother, we beg you to come forward,” Gutierrez said. “Because, if whoever did this once to someone who was really innocent, he will do it again.”
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.