For over 40 years, Crime Stoppers of Houston has offered the Greater Houston Area an anonymous Tip Line, a valuable reporting platform that has proven to be extremely helpful in both solving serious crimes and in locating dangerous defendants and fugitives. Never has this tool been as important as it is today.
This week, the Crime Stoppers of Houston Rewards Committee, comprised of business men and women, approved to pay a total of $134,500 in cash rewards to anonymous ‘tipsters’ who used the Tip Line in August to report information that led to the identification and/or arrest of a felony suspect.
August Summary and Significant Cases: Total Cases: 42 felony cases* *Includes 6 murders, 5 assaultive offenses, 6 robberies, 3 warrants issued in jurisdictions outside of Harris County, and more.
Total Payout: $134,500
Significant cases solved by a Crime Stoppers Tip in the month of August:
Murder of David Castro: Crime Stoppers tip leads to the arrest of fugitive Gerald Wayne Williams Jr. who is now charged with the murder of 17-year-old David Castro who was killed in his family’s vehicle in a road rage incident after leaving a Tuesday Night Astros Game. $10,000 cash reward paid.*Special thanks to the Houston Astros for contributing to this reward.
Murder of 7-month-old baby: Crime Stoppers tip leads to the arrest of fugitive Albert Collin Zuniga who is now charged with shaking his 7-month daughter to death.
Kidnapping and Sexual Assault of Minor: Crime Stoppers tip leads to the arrest of fugitive Jose Delcarmen Bonilla who is now charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Greenspoint Area.
Fugitive Emma Lou Presler: Crime Stoppers tip leads to the arrest of fugitive Emma Lou Presler who is now charged with the murder of 33-year-old Devin Graham. She was previously charged with theft, drug possession, evading arrest and more.
Murder of Off-Duty New Orleans Police Detective Everett Briscoe:Crime Stoppers tip leads to the identification of suspects, Frederick Jackson, Anthony Jenkins and Khalil Nelson who are now charged with 2 counts of capital murder for the deaths of Detective Briscoe and Dyrin Riculfy. $100,000 cash reward paid. *Special thanks to Tilman Fertitta for contributing to this reward.
“Crime Stoppers, in partnership with law enforcement, the media, and citizens, truly works to solve cases, bring justice and do what we can to keep those who live here or visit here, safe. During this time of crime and chaos, we will continue to increase our efforts.” says Crime Stoppers of Houston CEO Rania Mankarious.
Monthly Rewards Committee at Crime Stoppers of Houston
The success of the Crime Stoppers Tip Line is due to strong partnerships with the media who help publicize our cases; our law enforcement partners who work diligently on investigations and apprehensions; the criminal justice system; and most importantly the ‘tipsters’ – the thousands of community members who call Crime Stoppers anonymously to report critical information needed to clear unsolved crimes or locate suspects.
It continues to be a national crime-solving system, motivating citizens to report crime tips anonymously. Through collaboration with more than 70 local and federal law enforcement agencies, the Tip Line has led to the capture of over 27,100 felons and assisted in solving over 35,900 felony cases. To learn more, download our Tip Line one-pager here.
Remember, if you have a tip about an unsolved crime, call 713-222-TIPS or report online at www.crime-stoppers.org. You can also report a tip using their mobile app. Download “Crime Stoppers Houston” from the app store. It’s free and available in more than 20 languages.
For the latest crime trends or to visit Crime Stoppers’ crime database, go to www.crime-stoppers.org or follow Crime Stoppers of Houston on social media.
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