HOUSTON – The body found floating in Brays Bayou Friday morning in southeast Houston is the suspect who crashed a stolen van there on Tuesday.
Investigators said the man was attempting to get away. It was the second time this week someone in the Houston area jumped into a bayou while trying to flee.
Authorities said the van the man was driving was stolen outside some University of Houston apartments less than a mile away. Police said the man apparently crashed into a barricade there first before hitting the one at the bayou.
“To my understanding, no one was chasing him when he went over the side,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said. “He refused any help from firefighters, jumped into the water, and started swimming away and went under water.”
The suspect was not located after he went into the water.
Crews broke open the driver’s window and opened the back door of the JC Construction van, but found no one else in the vehicle. A wrecker pulled the van out of the water late Tuesday night.