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HPD: Charges Upgraded In Fatal Shooting

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Ariel Montoya(l) Miguel Angel Rangel   
(credit: HPD)

Ariel Montoya(l) Miguel Angel Rangel
(credit: HPD)

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Murder charges have been filed against a second suspect in connection with a fatal shooting of a man back in October 2011.

Ariel Montoya, an individual with numerous aliases,  was arrested earlier this month on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. This week, Montoya was charged with murder. “He also faces a charge of felony evading arrest,” added officials with the Houston Police Department.

The other suspect, Miguel Angel Rangel, is also charged with murder. Both of the males are charged in the killing of Luis Armando Rodriguez, 18, of Houston.

HPD Homicide Division officials offered additional details of the crime:

“Mr. Rodriguez was walking through the parking lot of the Royal Palace party hall at the above location. A beige or gray sports utility vehicle, believed to be a GMC Envoy or Chevrolet Trailblazer, drove by and several shots were fired from the driver’s side window. Rodriguez was fatally struck several times and died at the scene.

Further investigation and witness statements identified Rangel and Montoya as the suspects in this case. On May 29, 2012, Rangel was arrested by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force without incident. On Wednesday (Feb. 13), Montoya (aka Molina) was arrested in the 8800 block of South Gessner following a vehicle pursuit during which he attempted to flee from arresting officers.”

At this time, there are no other suspects believed to be connected to this case.

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