HOUSTON (KTRK) --A person of interest in a murder and home invasion is in custody after barricading himself inside a east Houston motel.
Houston police responded to the Interstate Motor Lodge, located at 13213 East Freeway, just before 3pm Monday. When they arrived, authorities found 18-year-old Julius Merchant armed and hiding inside the room.
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According to HPD, Merchant is a person of interest in a home invasion that happened Sunday morning in the 600 block of Ettrick Drive. During the home invasion, a woman was pistol-whipped and another male victim shot to death.
Information about the whereabouts of Merchant lead investigators to the Interstate Motor Lodge.
Merchant is wanted for a felony evading arrest charge, which is why HPD released his name.
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