Suspect charged in attempted carjacking

March 11, 2009 5:27:11 AM PDT
Eyewitness News has learned a man arrested Monday after a carjacking led police to what may be the body of missing Pearland woman, Susana DeJesus. [PHOTOS: See images from search for Susana DeJesus]
[FULL COVERAGE: Eyewitness News coverage of the DeJesus case]

Sources told Eyewitness News a gun found in Susana DeJesus' vehicle the night she was abducted was used in a home invasion that same night, over five weeks ago. A law enforcement source told us it's believed DeJesus' clothing was on the body which was found.

Nicholas-Michael Jean, 21, has been charged with attempted murder, burglary of a habitation, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft of a firearm.

After hours and hours of police interviews, Jean faced his second night at the Pearland City Jail. Other inmates told us he is being held away from the general population. He's been questioned by officers from three different agencies, and has been offering some information.

"I wouldn't necessarily call him cooperative, but the information that we've been able to obtain has come only after a drawn out interview process that started late last night and continued through the morning," said Lt. Onesimo Lopez of the Pearland Police Department.

Some of that information has broken the high-profile kidnapping case of DeJesus wide open. Law enforcement sources told us that the suspect led police to a decomposed woman's body found inside a trailer near Reliant Park. The body's clothing was similar to what DeJesus was wearing when she was kidnapped at gunpoint from a Pearland strip mall five weeks ago.

After a daylong manhunt for whom they believed was just an armed car thief on Monday, Pearland police learned far more. Sources said when bloodhounds led police to the suspect on Monday night, he then told authorities he had some information they may want. He led them to the body in the trailer and claimed he did not kill the woman, but was involved with the crime.

Jean has not been charged related in the DeJesus kidnapping. Brazoria County officials are not ruling out that Jean may have had accomplices. His bond is set at more than $1.2 million but investigators say this is just the beginning.

"I'm very optimistic that by in the morning, we'll have a major breakthrough in the case and criminal charges will be filed," said Captain Chris Kincheloe with the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.

Later today, Jean will be moved to the Brazoria County Jail. There is a news conference scheduled at 10am where investigators are expected to release more information in this case.

In the meantime, a friend of the DeJesus family released a statement that read, "We never gave up hope that she would come home to us and make us smile as she always did. Regardless of what happened, we know she will always walk with the angels of God and be protected from harm."

Medical examiners will make the final determination of whether the body that was found in the trailer was in fact DeJesus.

Stay with Eyewitness News and abc13.com for the latest on the ongoing investigation.

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