Moises Renteria Carranza, 30, was arrested Feb. The Houston men bonded over toy airplanes on the first day of first grade and were practically brothers from that moment on.
Kelly Riner-Hamons said her father, who died in August in hospice care, spent the final months of his life heartbroken that he never had a chance to say goodbye to Hoffman — found dead, beaten and his throat cut, in his CB radio shed. She looked to Hoffman, 64, as an uncle. Riner-Hamons was born without a right hand and Hoffman, who years earlier lost the use of his arm, showed her how to drive a car and tie her shoe.
Among the tips was that Carranza had been prowling that property and others in the days leading up to the gruesome Feb. He went to the trailer that morning to check on him but he was not there. A jean jacket that he did not recognize was also found.
One resident said he saw a man hop his fence only to be scared off by his dog. She and another witness saw him looking through the shed windows. Police believe that might have been from another resident firing two warning shots at a prowler. Surveillance footage from the encounter showed the same man that the first resident had described in the backyard.
The man, now believed to be Carranza, made a run for the fence and bayou after the gunshots, investigators said. Person-of-interest flyers were posted as the businesses and months later, a woman reported to police that Carranza — her family member — looked like the suspect, investigators wrote.
She had kicked him out of her home in July because he had been making sexual advances toward a teen relative. Police scoured a trash can in his old room for DNA evidence.
Multiple witnesses, when shown a photo of Carranza, identified him as the suspicious man seen at the property, according to investigators. An anonymous tipster then revealed that Carranza, a Mexican national, was still in the Houston area and working as a construction worker. He was arrested in the block of Interstate 10 in Katy without incident, police said. The problem that led to the massive failure of the Texas power system and an estimated deaths across the state will be neither cheap nor easy to fix.
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He and some neighbors then found him in the shed, police said. Investigators spoke to neighbors who recalled sighting a suspicious man in the area. Within hours, the neighbor recalled hearing gunshots from another property. Investigations Investigations Fixing Texas' unreliable power grid won't be easy. Are politicians ready?
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