Who Murdered Amanda Fleetwood? - Murdered Amanda Fleetwood? ... suffered injuries to his eyes and ... The pair had no chance to defend themselves, Investigator Alan Bro wn

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  • WhoMurderedAmandaFleetwood?

    Suspectindoubleshootingcaughtonsurveillancetape/Survivorsaysthepairgavemanaliftbeforeheshot,robbedthem

    ***FromtheHoustonChronicleonJuly23,2004***

    ByPEGGYO'HARE,RHEADAVISStaff

    Thevideosdon'tsuggestthatanythingsinisterisabouttohappen.Threepeoplewhoappeartobefriendssitaroundsmokingcigarettes,engagedineasyconversation.Then,theydriveofftogether.Minuteslater,twoofthemarefoundshotintheheadinsidetheircar,stillwearingtheirseatbelts.Thethirdperson,astrangerwhocoaxedaridewiththem,isgone.PolicereleasedsecuritycameravideoThursday,hopingsomeonewillrecognizethemanseentalkingwithAmandaFleetwood,20,andJonathanTromp,20,attheBizarreTimesnoveltyshopinsouthwestHoustonahalfhourbeforethepairweregunneddownJuly10.

    Thefriendswereshotinthebacksoftheirheadsduringarobberyinsidetheircar,investigatorssaid.ThebadlywoundedTrompmanagedtodriveashortdistancebeforewreckinghiscar.OffdutyofficersfoundthevehicleinacordonedoffconstructionareaneartheWestSamHoustonParkwayandBellairearound6:30a.m.thatday.Fleetwooddiedthreedayslater.TrompremainsinBenTaubGeneralHospitalinfaircondition,butsufferedinjuriestohiseyesandthroat.Trompcancommunicateonlybywritingnotes,policesaidThursday.Thepairhadnochancetodefendthemselves,InvestigatorAlanBrownoftheHoustonPoliceDepartment'shomicidedivisionsaid."Thescarypartaboutthisguyis...heshotthem,nevergavethemachance,shotthembeforeheevertriedtorobthem,"Brownsaid."Someonelikethatisscary."

  • TheunidentifiedmanarrivedatBizarreTimesinthe8200blockofRichmondaround5:30thatmorning,droppedoffbysomeoneinanewermodel,bluesportutilityvehicle.Policesaidhehungaroundtheparkinglot,thenfollowedFleetwoodandTrompintothestorewhentheyarrivedtobuycigarettes.Themanstruckupaconversationwiththem,butitdidnotappearFleetwoodorTrompknewhim,policesaid.WhenFleetwoodandTrompwalkedout,themanstayedwiththem,andthethreesmokedcigarettesoutsidethestore.StoresecurityvideoshowedthethreespeakinginafriendlyfashionasFleetwoodandTromploungedonthehoodoftheircar.

    After15minutesofconversation,themanconvincedthepairtogivehimaride.TheydroveofftogetherinTromp'sgrayNissanSentraaround6:10a.m.Tromptoldpolicetheshootingshappenedwhentheydroppedthemanoffatsomenearbyapartments.Hecouldn'trecallwhichapartmentcomplexitwas,Brownsaid.Themanwassittinginthebackseatwhenheopenedfire.Tromplostconsciousness.Whenheawoke,hefeltthegunmangoingthroughhispocketsandtakinghiswallet,investigatorssaid.Oncetheywereleftalone,Tromptriedtodrivetogethelp,butcrashedthecar.

    Thegunmanwasdescribedasblack,cleanshaven,inhis20s,withamediumtostockybuild,weighing175to180poundsandabout5feet,9inchestall.Hehadatanjackettiedaroundhiswaist,andhisjeanswererolleduptwoorthreetimes.Hewaswearingadarkshirtandabaseballcap.WhileloiteringatthestorebeforeFleetwoodandTromparrived,themanwasseengettingintoasmallgraypickupandtalkingtosomeoneforabouttwominutes.Policesaidtheywanttotalktowhoeverwasinthattruck.

    AnyonewithinformationisurgedtocallCrimeStoppersat713222TIPS(8477).

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