Police nab five suspects in fatal robbery

(Top, from left) Rick Acosta, Jason McKinney, and Oliver Howard, and (bottom, from left) Arthur Ellis and David Angel were all arrested in connection to the fatal robbery of 51-year-old Christopher Demangin while he was working at a home in Galveston on January 14.

March 16, 2011 12:16:03 PM PDT
Five suspects accused in the fatal robbery of a 51-year-old electrician in Galveston are now behind bars.

Houston resident Christopher Demangin was working at a house in the 7500 block of Beluche Drive in Galveston on January 14 when he was gunned down in the backyard, according to a Galveston Police Department statement.

During an investigation, detectives identified 27-year-old Aurthur Ellis, of Cleveland, as a suspect on March 8, and they issued an arrest warrant for him. When detectives went to serve the warrant in Cleveland that evening, Ellis took off running and tossed behind a gun that's believed to be the murder weapon. He eluded police that night, but he turned himself into the Cleveland Police Department the following morning.

Ellis was taken to the Galveston County Jail, and he was further questioned by investigators. While interrogating him, detectives identified four other suspects in the fatal robbery and filed aggravated robbery charges against them.

On Tuesday, authorities executed arrest warrants on 51-year-old Ricardo Acosta, 37-year-old Oliver Howard, 23-year-old David Angel and 29-year-old Jason McKinney.

Detectives say video and electronic evidence recovered during their investigation puts all five suspects in Galveston immediately before Demangin was robbed and murdered.

The suspected murder weapon, DNA, and other evidence collected is still being processed at the Texas Department of Public Safety and University of North Texas labs and results are pending final examinations.

All five suspects are being held on a $200,000 bond.