Police: More arrests possible in deaths of Baytown teens

BAYTOWN, TX (KTRK) -- Investigators say there could be more arrests coming in connection to the deaths of two Baytown teenagers.

Both 21-year-old Richard Gonzales and 27-year-old Valentin Lazo will likely face a grand jury within the next 90 days. Each faces a capital murder charge related to the deaths of 17-year-old Jarvis Morgan Junior an 18-year-old Alejandro Castillo Chavez.

The two teenagers' bodies were found in an Anahuac bayou last week after investigator say they were kidnapped and killed, their bodies dumped. Police are not talking motive or cause of death just yet. They are confident, however, the two in custody were involved.

"We are certain from evidence and from their own testimony that they were complicit with the abduction," said Assistant Chief Roger Clifford of the Baytown Police Department. "They trailed and went with the suspect out into Chambers County. They stood by while these young men were murdered."

Investigators also tell us Gonzalez and Lazo did not act alone. They were likely witnesses to the crimes. Brandon Flores is also charged with capital murder and Jose Juan Chavez is a person of interest, but both men are missing.

"Brandon Flores is still our prime number one suspect we are looking for," said Clifford. "He has been charged with capital murder based on the evidence that we have. But he has fled and we don't know exactly where he is. He might still be in the Harris County area. He might have fled the state. He might've fled the country."

Chambers County Dist. Atty. Cheryl Lieck commands investigators with the Baytown Police Department, saying their efforts have been tireless since the boys or first reported missing.

"I'm not one to give credit to somebody if they don't deserve it," she said, "but I can tell you right now that this has been a great investigation run by professionals."

She also says this is very much an active investigation and they expect the possibility of more arrests beyond the four-man they've already connected to the killings.

"We think there are possible other people involved," she said. "That's why we are running down every lead and why we need to talk to more people."
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