Sketch released of murder suspect posing as census worker

Police have released a sketch of one of three suspects who posed as fake census workers in a deadly home invasion.

May 11, 2010 12:08:52 PM PDT
Houston police have released a composite sketch of one of three suspects wanted for posing as census workers and killing a homeowner in northwest Houston. The suspect in the composite sketch is described only as a black male in his early 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thick build. He has distinctive tattoos of three teardrops under his left eye and two slashes in each of his eyebrows.

The suspect and two other males are accused in the death of Reginald Keith Haynes, 48, of 426 Truman, who suffered lacerations and possible internal injuries about 2:45pm on Saturday. Mr. Haynes was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

According to witnesses, three unknown black male suspects forced their way into the residence, assaulted Mr. Haynes and other occupants, and ransacked the house. The suspects then fled the scene with several items. They were last seen in a white or cream-colored Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck with dark tinted windows.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect in the composite sketch or other suspects in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Identifying fake census workers

Census workers have now started going door to door. But how do you know if the person who visits you is a real census worker? Official census takers will not call you or send you an email to ask for a full Social Security number, money or a donation, or banking or credit card information.

To verify a census worker's identification, call 800-563-6499. If a census worker doesn't visit and you feel that you will be missed, call 866-872-6868.

For more on making sure census workers are legitimate, watch this clip from Eyewitness News Sunday morning.


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