UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 10300 Aldine Westfield Road

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of two men at 10300 Aldine Westfield Road about 10:05 p.m. on July 27.

The suspect, Kurt Whitten, 19, is charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court.  A booking photo of Whitten is attached to this news release.

The victims are identified as Tomas Alvarado, 26, and Jeremiah Ponce, 20.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Daignault and M. Burrow reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the intersection of Aldine Westfield Road and Parker Road and found two unresponsive men lying in the roadway next to a white Honda Accord.  Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the men deceased from gunshot wounds.  A preliminary investigation indicated the unknown suspect(s) fled the scene in a black pickup truck of unknown make or model.

Detectives learned an altercation occurred between the victims and a suspect a short time before the shooting.  At some point, the suspect, in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck, went searching for the victims.  He found them as they were traveling at the above address.  The suspect fired numerous shots, fatally striking both men.  The pickup truck then fled the scene.

Further investigation identified Whitten as the suspect in this case.  He was taken into custody on Tuesday (Aug. 2) without incident and subsequently charged.


Kurt Whitten

Update: JFC/VHS  8-4-22
VHS/SOA  7-28-22Inc. #099872022