Police investigate homicide, burglaries on same street in NW Houston

July 19, 2012 9:43:44 AM PDT
A family dispute in northwest Houston turned violent Wednesday, leaving a 71-year-old man dead. And now we know the shooting wasn't the only crime police were investigating in that neighborhood.

It was a busy day in the 5700 block of Saxon. While homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting there, police are also looking into some unrelated burglaries just a few doors away.

Our cameras caught a man in white T-shirt being handcuffed by police. He is the homeowner who detectives say shot and killed his brother-in-law at around 2:30pm Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives say the men got into an argument inside the home when the victim approached his brother-in-law in a threatening manner. They say the 71-year-old victim was shot one time in the chest.

Police say the victim had been staying at the house with his sister and her husband since he was released from prison in March.

"He'd just been released recently from prison after a lengthy stay there. We don't have information on what he was in prison for, but it appears he was shot one time in the chest and he was pronounced dead at the scene by HFD," said Bart Oxspring with the Houston Police Department Homicide Department.

The homeowner and his wife were questioned by police.

Police on Thursday identified the man who died as Charles Marion Robertson.

The case will go to a grand jury.

Investigators were also busy checking into a couple of daytime burglaries on Saxon. Crooks kicked in the doors in at least two other homes on this street. One of the victims showed us how the burglars smashed through her back door.

The neighbors say they had no idea the shooting happened at the same time.

"We just got robbed, and the back door got kicked in. So, when I saw these cops, I was actually excited to see them zoom up. But then when I found they weren't for me, with this issue, it was bad off," burglary victim Samantha Warren and her friend said.

"The people down the street called them for the same issue. They had been robbed also," another neighbor told us.

Police say the shooting is not related to the burglaries.

However, neighbors in this area say they are definitely on high alert right now.

"It's disturbing," Warren said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report


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