Suspect arrested in death of man found tied up in southeast Houston apartment

Suspect arrested in death of man found tied up in southeast Houston apartment

Credit: HPD

The suspect, John A. Kamenicky (w/m, DOB: 11-26-74), is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 12:16 PM

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HOUSTON -- An arrest has been made in the death a man who was found tied up and wrapped in a blanket in a southeast Houston apartment, police said.

According to the Houston Police Department, 38-year-old John A. Kamenicky is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court.

Police said the victim in the case, 60-year-old Mark Ellis, was pronounced dead Tuesday evening at his apartment on Detroit Street near the Gulf Freeway.

The victim’s brother found him tied up with an extension cord behind a large piece of furniture in his living room. An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined Ellis had been beaten and strangled.

Police said an investigation identified the suspect as the victim’s roommate, and he was taken into custody Wednesday without incident.

According to neighbors, the victim recently said he “ratted” on some drug dealers and was afraid they were coming after him.

Police said the victim had been letting the suspect stay at the apartment with him.

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