Harris County Murder Suspect in Custody

By: KBTX Staff Email
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LEON COUNTY It was a familiar face that had Adrian Vargas calling 911.

"I tried opening the door and it was locked so I didn't want to run down there because it was so cold and I unlocked the door and I saw so much stuff that wasn't mine," said Hampton Inn Maintenance worker Adrian Vargas.

Vargas is the maintenance man at the Hampton Inn in Buffalo and says he saw a man sleeping inside the storage building just feet away from the hotel.

“I had seen his face on the news,” said Vargas.

Morgan allegedly got startled and ran into the woods.

"Luckily buffalo PD were right there and sure enough it was him. Chief Pavelka was able to go on a back road and they surrounded him and they literally gave up and they were able to detain him," said Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis.

“At first he wouldn't stop, but then he got on his knees and he nonchalantly acted like he hadn't done anything wrong,” said Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka.

Our cameras were there as Morgan was taken into custody.

We asked Morgan if he killed his fiancé 44-year-old Wende Marshall, he replied, “Negative.” We then asked “Why have you been running?” He replied, “Because I was scared.”

Investigators found Morgan’s backpack with personal items inside the maintenance building.

“There was a lot of quarters, change, a 22 rifle, medication for horses I guess, so he's been a very busy little person finding stuff in these sheds,” said Chief Pavelka.

Some items included a stolen AR-15 style assault rifle and gun silencer.

It’s a very good day, the people of buffalo are going to sleep well knowing this guy is off the street,” said Sheriff Ellis.

Morgan was placed on the top most wanted fugitive list and it's believed the maintenance might be receiving a reward for finding the accused killer.


A murder suspect wanted out of Harris County is in the custody of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

29-year-old Colt Morgan has been on the run after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in October. He was last seen by police on November 23rd after escaping custody from an officer.

Officer Stephen Pate of the Buffalo Police Department was on patrol November 23rd not knowing at first the suspicious man he stopped was wanted for murder. On December 7th Buffalo police released dash camera footage which shows how a Buffalo Police Officer tried to take Morgan into custody.

"I'm just going to check you for weapons," said Officer Pate in the video.

Police say Morgan was calm at first but then Officer Pate and he got into a fight when Morgan tried to pull out a pistol from his own waistband and then the officer's.

"Suspect tried to grab the officer's pistol. He was attempting to draw his own pistol. He had the weapon concealed in his waistband and the pistol recovered at the scene is a Glock .40 caliber," said Sheriff Kevin Ellis of Leon County.

Police say after Morgan head butted the officer he was tased and fell to the ground but the barbs from the taser fell out and Morgan was able to get away. Morgan has been charged with assault of a peace officer in Leon County.

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