Heavily Tattooed Suspect Kills Man in Front of Family on Mother’s Day

By: KHOU, Mongomery County Press Release Email
By: KHOU, Mongomery County Press Release Email

Authorities are looking for a heavily tattooed suspect who shot and killed a man in front of his family on Mother’s Day, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Ramundo Zerate, Jr., 43, and his family were celebrating at Spring Creek Park Sunday when he got into a fight with a stranger.

Zerate took his family and left, but the suspect followed him to his home on Meadow Edge Drive and confronted him again.

During that confrontation, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot Zerate twice; once in the head and once in the abdomen.

Family members tried to rush Zerate to the hospital, but their vehicle broke down along the way. Zerate died before any help could arrive.

Deputies have released a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

“Right now, it’s a Hispanic male with possibly lots of tattoos on his arms. We have no name and we have a green four-door passenger car; possibly a Chevy Cavalier, but no license plate,” said Lt. Bill Bucks, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Hahs at (936) 760-5876 or the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.

Montgomery County Press Release:

On May 12, 2012, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the 30000 Block of Meadow Edge Drive at approximately 9:30 pm regarding a possible drive by shooting resulting in at least one victim. When Deputies arrived on location, signs of an obvious crime scene were observed in the driveway of the residence. Deputies learned that family members had taken one adult male victim by car to the Tomball Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Victim, Raymundo Zarate Jr. H\M DOB: 6-03-1968 (43), resides at the residence where the shooting occurred. The victim was pronounced deceased by hospital medical personnel at 10:04 pm. Information obtained during the initial investigation revealed the victim suffered from at least two gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the leg, both from a shotgun.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Investigators and the Texas Rangers arrived on location and began processing the scene and interviewing witnesses. Detectives learned while the victim was attending a family gathering at Spring Creek Park located in Tomball, Texas with approximately fourteen (14) family members some of his family engaged in an argument with other patrons in the park. It was learned the verbal exchange became very heated. The victim’s family indicated the disturbance was over the suspect using profanity which offended some of them. The persons involved in the argument were separated from each other, but a second argument erupted and they all had to be separated a second time. The victim and his family decided to leave the park to avoid any further confrontation. The victim and his family arrived home in different vehicles within minutes of each other. Witnesses stated shortly after arriving home, they observed the suspect’s vehicle passing by the front of their house and it eventually stopped. Another argument began between the victim and the suspect. The suspect retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle and fired at least two times striking the victim. The victim was loaded into a private vehicle and driven to Tomball Hospital.

Detectives learned through their investigation that the suspect was Daniel Frank Longoria Jr. H\M DOB: 10-29-69 and that the suspect vehicle was a 2000 Daewoo Lanos hatchback with paper buyer’s tags. Daniel Longoria Jr. was positively identified as the shooter in this Homicide and an arrest warrant for Murder has been issued.

The suspect vehicle is described as green passenger car with no hub caps and was occupied with at least two individuals. Daniel Longoria Jr. is described as a heavily tattooed Hispanic male approximately 40 years old 5’08-5’10 weighing 160-190 lbs.

Daniel Longoria Jr.’s whereabouts are unknown at the time of this press release and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Hahs at 936-760-5876 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.

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