Owen Leonardo Vilanova-Ardon Murdered Judy Walters: Cops
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and another suspect is wanted in connection with the killing of a 65-year-old grandmother in a carjacking, according to Houston, Texas police.
Authorities identified the juvenile defendant as Owen Leonardo Vilanova-Ardon, who now faces a capital murder case. Police say Vilanova-Ardon and another person pulled Judy Walters out of their white 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross around 7:55 a.m. on February 14. Investigators determined that she had been shot and then hit by the stolen car.
Police said they responded to an exchange of gunfire in the apartment complex parking lot and found Walters with a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
“Investigators learned of at least two suspects, described only as young, medium-skinned men wearing black bandanas, who shot Walters and dragged them from their vehicle,” officials said. “The suspects stole the vehicle, a white Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and used it to beat the woman as they fled the scene eastbound on St Mary’s Lane.”
According to the police, detectives arrested Vilanova-Ardon on Tuesday.
Surveillance footage showed the suspects may have waited at least eight hours for the victim, police officers said in a KTRK report. Police believe the couple targeted Walters. Authorities previously suspected that the woman who was killed knew the suspects.
The 65-year-old’s car was found in an empty garage at the abandoned Sugar Hill Golf Course at 11996 Bissonnet St., about 10 miles from the scene, police said.
Officials previously said both suspects were male.
2. UPDATE: Officers found the female victim’s vehicle in an empty commercial garage at 11996 Bissonnet St.
These are the 2 WANTED male suspects. 1 appears to be wearing a champion hoodie.
Tips: HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 or @CrimeStopHOU for a reward. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/8vzlofOYTZ
— Houston Police Department (@houstonpolice) February 15, 2023
UPDATE: Detectives need the public’s help to identify 2 male suspects and locate this white 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
The suspects fatally shot the woman and stole her vehicle.
Tips: HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 @CrimeStopHOU for a $5,000 reward.
More at: https://t.co/sCnssnIdwt#HouNews pic.twitter.com/V0px7K5Spk
— Houston Police Department (@houstonpolice) February 14, 2023
The Houston Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the identity or location of the wanted suspect to call its Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
“Ultimately, everyone wants justice,” Walter’s son Brandon said, according to the outlet. “It was a certain relief to know that they had arrived somewhere and done what they promised.”
According to KTRK, Walters raised her two grandchildren and went so far as to often work two jobs or sometimes sell her plasma. She was also supportive of her grandson’s girlfriend and several other teenage friends.
“My grandma was an amazing person,” said her 16-year-old grandson, Hunter. “She deserves the world. She took care of me, my sister, my girlfriend. During this time she took on several jobs to make sure we were doing well. She’s just an amazing person.”
The plan was for her to adopt him.
“Because I don’t have a mother or father, I asked her to adopt me and she said she would,” he said.
Now he is demanding life imprisonment for those responsible for her murder.
“The maximum penalty they can get, no matter who did it, because it’s not like she’s fighting back,” he reportedly said. “It’s not like she knew it was coming.”
“We want everyone involved to get the same punishment, the maximum penalty,” said Walters’ daughter-in-law, Ashley.
A GoFundMe campaign to support her grandson and pay for her funeral raised $2,155 Thursday from a goal of $100,000.
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