Twelve suspects arrested in connection with at least seven carjackings

February 13, 2012 3:20:26 PM PST
Police have announced several arrests in a wild crime spree in southeast Houston. The suspects are accused in several carjackings and robberies -- for fun.

Police say the 12 suspects went on a violent crime spree throughout the southeast and southwest sides of the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, and it was all for their entertainment.

Police say the suspects are all a part of a gang, and all but one of them have been arrested for crimes before.

It all started on the night of January 14 when the five adults and seven juveniles carjacked a silver Saturn on Ridgeway. Then on January 15, they allegedly executed another three carjackings, as well as the theft of another vehicle.

And they were connected to two more carjackings, two attempted carjackings, a robbery at a Walmart store and two drive-by shootings at apartment complexes that all occurred on January 16.

"This was a violent crime spree that was strictly for their entertainment. That's what makes this thing so striking is that they were very fortunate that they didn't actually kill anyone that night," Houston Police Department Lt. Randy Upton said.

The adult suspects have been identified as Lint Mouton, Keith Osby, Derrick Vincent-Do Prothro, and Mark Foston. They are facing charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The seven juvenile suspects were referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities.

All of the stolen vehicles were recovered and returned to their owners, except for one. Police say the suspects wrecked it by using it to play bumper cars.

Police say there may be more victims.