17-year-old accused of killing man who confronted car burglars is also linked to 14-year-old's death

Zourian Stephon Lewis was arrested Thursday for his alleged role in a double shooting on Nov. 17, 2022.

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Car burglars shoot and kill man who tried to stop them, HPD says
The Advenir at the Med Center apartment complex became a crime scene on Thursday after police say a man trying to stop car burglars was killed.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 17-year-old arrested in the death of a man, who tried to stop a group of teens who broke into his girlfriend's car, is being linked to a 14-year-old alleged co-conspirator's killing.

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Houston police said Zourian Lewis was taken into custody Thursday, more than three months after his alleged involvement in 36-year-old Arne Richardson's murder back on Nov. 17, 2022.

According to police, Richardson was shot and killed as he stepped in to stop a group of car burglars in the Advenir at the Med Center apartment complex on Buffalo Speedway near the South Loop. Richardson's girlfriend was also shot and injured during the ordeal.

Police called out to the public multiple times to identify a person in a lime green hooded sweater, whom they believe opened fire on the couple.

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On Friday, Lewis appeared before a judge, who set bond at $500,000.

The judge in Harris County Probable Cause Court read out details leading to the teenager's arrest, including a part describing how a 14-year-old known to Lewis, referred to in court as "C.L.", gave info to police about the original killing.

Court documents read in court went on to state that Lewis allegedly had some role in the 14-year-old's disappearance and shooting death.

A source confirmed to Eyewitness News that Carlos Lugo is the person the judge was talking about. There's also evidence connecting the two deadly crimes.

Officers collected casings from the scene, which match the casings they collected from the first scene where the first person was killed, the judge said.

Investigators said a 14-year-old who was part of the theft ring started cooperating with police after Lewis was picked up on an unrelated charge.

While he was locked up, police pulled recordings of his calls. According to details read by the judge, Lewis instructed his family members to take his gun and his ammunition to hide it. He gave specific instructions as to where to hide it. Then, he was discussing the 14-year-old with his family members, calling him "a rat" and "a snitch."

Lewis is charged with only Richardson's murder at this point.

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