Person of interest in deadly attempted carjacking


The deadly shooting this weekend at an apartment complex in southwest Houston has residents there scared. The victim and his wife were attacked while getting into their car off Fairdale.

Germain Davis, an 18-year-old from Sunnyside, is being held at the Houston City Jail. He was picked up as part of that murder investigation. He's still considered a suspect in the attempted carjacking, but hasn't been charged. Davis does, however, face charges for other robberies.

Appearing in probable cause court Wednesday morning, Davis is charged with four counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon for incidents on October 22 and 23.

Candles flickered at the parking spot where 27-year-old Esvin Sabonluis was murdered Sunday night. It was a small memorial, but in his small southwest Houston apartment complex, it was hard not to notice.

"Pretty sad, pretty sad," Carlos Velasco, Sabonluis' neighbor, said.

Sabonluis was shot to death in the parking lot of The Gallery complex as he and his wife were leaving for the grocery store. According to Houston police, two men approached and robbed them at gunpoint. When they tried to also take their Forerunner, a struggle over the keys ensued and Sabonluis was murdered.

A Crime Stoppers tip on Monday morning led officers to two men. Davis, who has a parole violation, has now been linked to the four armed robberies, and according to police sources, a stolen black Chevy Avalanche was a common factor. It's the same Avalanche the gunmen left behind after the deadly shooting, which happened after a day long violent crime spree.

With one man in custody and another identified, Sabonluis' neighbor feels a little safer.

"Satisfied at least one less in the count," Velasco said.

Crime is not typical for that apartment complex. Residents there are truly shocked.

Davis is being held without bond. He is due back in court on October 27.

The other man police detained was questioned and released.

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