One suspect arrested, one sought in UAE military officer's death

August 11, 2011 9:49:58 AM PDT
One of the suspects charged in the case of an United Arab Emirates military officer killed in a robbery on Sunday on Houston's south side appeared before a judge overnight. The other suspect remains on the loose.

Police continue their search for the man who actually pulled the trigger, but the other suspect is already moving through the court system, making an appearance here Thursday morning in probable cause court.

Detone Lewayne Price, 18, appeared about 3:30am to hear the charge of capital murder against him. The judge decided not only was there enough evidence to hold him, but Price was also refused bond. The prosecutor read a court document outlining, at least in part, what police investigators believed happened the night of the deadly robbery and shooting on El Mundo and Holly Hall.

Police say Price, along with the second suspect in this case, Corey Perry, attacked a man and his son, Salem Al Mazrouei, as they arrived to their apartment Sunday night in the 8100 block of El Mundo.

According to police, Price and Perry pushed the men inside the apartment and locked the door while they searched the place for valuables. The men continued to struggle and tried to escape, but police say Perry shot Al Mazrouei as he tried to get out the door.

The suspects then fled in the victims' vehicle, according to police, and the vehicle was later recovered unoccupied.

"The defendants ran from the apartment into the complainant's vehicle and fled. The complainant died from his injuries at Ben Taub Hospital. The stolen vehicle was recovered the following morning," said the prosecutor. "A number of fingerprints were lifted from the vehicle, sent through the system and they matched the fingerprints to the defendant and co-defendant."

The photos of the two men were also shown to the father who survived the attack and he identified the two as those who shot his son.

A family friend we talked to is relieved at Price's arrest, but says it's not enough.

"I'm happy that they got that guy, but that other guy, he should turn himself in. It'll be better for him because they're going to get him anyway -- hopefully," said Salah Dean.

The second suspect in this case, 17-year-old Corey Trevon Perry, is the man police say actually shot Al Mazrouei and he is still on the run. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Police want everyone to take a look at his photo and call the police with any information on the case.

Both men face capital murder charges.

Al Mazrouei, 28, was a captain in the UAE Armed Forces. He had come to the U.S. to help care for his father who was being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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