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On Monday, September 19, officers with the Huntsville Police Department began an investigation of skeletal remains found in the area of FM 247 and Grivich Drive. Since that date, HPD detectives have been working diligently to determine what happened to the victim and find the persons responsible for the victim’s death. With the assistance of the Texas Rangers and a Federal Bureau of Investigations/Houston Police Department task force operating under the name MAGTF (Multi Agency Gang Task Force) HPD has made 3 arrests with an additional two suspects in custody in Virginia awaiting the extradition process. There is also an active Murder warrant on a sixth suspect. Detectives are waiting for DNA analysis for confirmation on the identity of the victim.
Abner Portillo (DOB 03/29/1999), Jose Zamora (DOB 10/03/1996) and Gerson Cabrera (DOB 08/24/1998) are in the custody of the Walker County Jail on murder charges. Bryan Cabrera (DOB 04/09/1996) and Eduardo Mondragon (DOB 09/04/1993) are in custody in Virginia awaiting extradition for murder charges. Giovanny Villatoro (DOB 08/24/1998) is not currently in custody but has a warrant for his arrest for murder. All of the suspects, with the exception of Zamora, are Houston residents. Zamora resides in Huntsville.
Murder is a Felony of the first degree and carries a possible punishment of imprisonment ranging from 5 to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a possible fine up to $10,000.
Chief Kevin Lunsford would like to thank the allied agencies and their personnel for their assistance. Chief Lunsford said, “It is only because of the close cooperation between our agency, the Texas Rangers and the FBI/HPD MAGTF that we have made the progress we’ve made in this investigation in such a short amount of time. We all have the same goal, to keep our communities safe. All of those involved have worked numerous hours and spent time away from loved ones in an effort to get the persons involved in this crime into custody.”
Media inquiries :Lieutenant Curt Landrum(936) 291-5466(936) 291-5480