No METRORail stabbing charges filed against man arrested at church standoff in The Heights, HPD says

The suspect eventually surrendered after prompting a standoff at The Church at 1548 Heights.

Friday, January 12, 2024
No METRORail stabbing charges filed for man arrested at church: HPD
The 29-year-old suspect still faces a felony theft charge after ABC13 cameras captured him dangling out of a third-floor window at a church in The Heights.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A grand jury will decide the fate of a 29-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing another man aboard a METRORail train on Sunday.

The Houston Police Department posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, about the arrest of 29-year-old Shawn Roe, but only on a felony theft warrant from July in which he's accused of stealing a $900 bike.

In the post, HPD said detectives interviewed him and that the METRORail case would be referred to a grand jury.

Roe's arrest concluded a tense standoff at The Church at 1548 Heights near 16th Street on Wednesday night.

During the standoff, ABC13 cameras captured the suspect in a third-floor window of the place of worship.

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At about 7 p.m., the Metro Police Department and Harris County Precinct 1 spotted the suspect, but he ran off when they tried to arrest him. According to authorities, the suspect had an outstanding warrant in Harris County.

With the help of HPD officers and K9s, they tracked him down. He got out of the window and threatened to jump, but after about two hours, he surrendered and was taken into custody.

The leadership of the church told ABC13 that the suspect had been going to the place of worship on and off for a while and that they had been trying to help him.

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After seeing the suspect was wanted, Alan Cramer, steward of the church, said he called Crime Stoppers to let them know he thought the suspect would be going back to the church.

"He's homeless. He's had a pretty difficult life existence, and this church has tried to adopt him and help him," Cramer said. "We have a washer and dryer we let him use to clean his clothes. We know he stored his bicycle here, and so we just felt like he was going to come back for some of that stuff, and he did."

Cramer went on to say he was glad that it all ended peacefully Wednesday night.

Roe's sister, Crystal, told Eyewitness News that her brother is bipolar and also suffers from anxiety.

She said his battle with mental health issues and refusal to take his medication put a strain on their relationship.

"He loves being around family, (but) he just gets so argumentative," she said.

Roe has been charged numerous times over a nine-year period for things like theft, assault, and trespassing.

In 2022, his girlfriend accused him of pulling a knife on her, but prosecutors dropped the case, saying they didn't find any probable cause. The same woman accused him of pushing her later that year.

In addition to the theft warrant, he also had an open warrant for a missed court appearance in connection with an assault on a family member case.