ALVIN, Texas -- Two young men and a juvenile are in custody in Alvin in connection with the death of a 74-year-old man in southeast Houston. One of the suspects is identified as the victim’s grandson.
Celestino Flores was found dead inside his home on Roper Street Monday morning. Police say he died of severe trauma to the head.
Flores, who worked part-time as a courtesy van driver at a Houston car dealership, also owned a 2003 Ford Explorer. It was missing from his southeast Houston home.
Tuesday morning around 1 a.m., a police officer in Alvin noticed an SUV parked at Morgan Park after hours, in violation of a city ordinance.
When the officer approached, he noticed smoke curling out of the windows and the unmistakable aroma of marijuana. Alvin Police say they also found a loaded handgun in the car.
All three young men, ages 20, 18, and 13 were arrested. When police checked the license plate, the criminal database showed the SUV was stolen and belonged to Flores.
"It reinforces the need for solid communication between law enforcement agencies and the need to work together,” said Alvin Police Lt. Todd Arendell. “And it’s always a great feeling to help a brother agency out in times like this."
The victim's neighbor, Guillermina Garcia, is devastated.
"I feel bad. I feel bad because I mean he's very nice guy,” said Garcia. "It's terrible. I feel so bad for him because he's a good, good guy."
Garcia said Flores agreed to take his grandson into his home only a few weeks ago to help him out.
Alvin Police said the 13-year-old stated he was homeless. He was placed in CPS custody. The other two, including vicitm's grandson, were expected to be charged with murder and transferred to the Harris County Jail.
Their identities have not been released.