Investigation into woman's murder continues

March 13, 2009 2:55:33 PM PDT
There are a lot of new developments in a story we've been following for over a month now -- the kidnapping and now murder of Susana DeJesus. This afternoon it was confirmed that the body found Tuesday morning near Reliant Park is that of DeJesus. [PHOTOS: See images from search for Susana DeJesus]
[FULL COVERAGE: Eyewitness News coverage of the DeJesus case]

Houston police have now confirmed that DeJesus was shot. We're also learning more about the man being held in connection with DeJesus' murder. Investigators say Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean, 21, chose DeJesus at random for one reason -- greed. He wanted her Cadillac.

The suspect lives in Pearland and had apparently attended Pearland High School. He also worked at a Wal-Mart not far from the clothing store where the victim worked. What police say is strange about this case is that until this arrest, the suspect had no prior record.

As the criminal case against Jean continues to mount, for the first time we're hearing why investigators believe he kidnapped and killed Susana DeJesus.

"Right now, as it stands, it looks like it's going to be greed, just straight up greed," said Capt. Chris Kincheloe with the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators say Jean has confessed to the murder. They say DeJesus' vehicle was the initial target.

"I think this is a straight up carjacking," added Capt. Kincheloe.

Jean was arrested late Monday night after bloodhounds tracked him to a backyard in Pearland. The manhunt began earlier that day when Jean allegedly tried to carjack a man and fired a shot in his direction.

From that arrest, Jean reported gave information to where DeJesus' body could be found in an industrial lot a few miles from Reliant Park. Authorities say they believe the crime was random, but haven't ruled out the possibility that someone else helped. They believe Jean was dropped off at the carjacking scene, and possibly followed the day of the murder.

Capt. Kincheloe said, "I believe that there's at least one more."

DeJesus was kidnapped February 2 from her job in Pearland. Days later, investigators released surveillance video of a man they say used her ATM card. Authorities say Jean has admitted to being that man.

Authorities are also checking to see if Jean is behind a string of home invasions in the area. According to a probable cause affidavit on Monday's incident, the rifle he allegedly used was reportedly stolen in an earlier home burglary.

Investigators note the complex case does little to ease the pain of the family.

"I know it's been trying on them," explained Capt. Kincheloe. "It's been rough on everyone."

Authorities found a gun in DeJesus' vehicle the day she was kidnapped. We are now learning that because the suspect didn't have any fingerprints in the system, they weren't able to track him down before the arrest that was the big break in the case a couple of days ago.

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

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