New photos released of suspect in murder of young mother

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KHOU.com staff & Jeff McShan / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 12:36 PM

HOUSTON—Investigators have released new surveillance photos of the suspect who is wanted to questioning in the shooting death of a young mother last week.

Vanessa Rodriguez, 23, was gunned down in her apartment in the 8500 block of Pitner in the Spring Branch area. The gunman took her cell phone and left.

During the investigation, two maintenance men told police they spotted a suspicious man lurking around the victim’s apartment.

The photos released Tuesday are of that man, the clothing he was believed to be wearing, and the vehicle he was apparently driving.  The suspect appeared to be wearing a gray Air Jordan hoodie and Jordan basketball shorts with a diamond emblem. His tennis shoes were black.

Homicide detectives believe the man was driving a Chevrolet SUV seen at the apartment complex around the time of the murder. It’s believed to be a silver Trailblazer.

Police released surveillance video of the same man last Friday.

Investigators are still mystified by a motive. They say there’s a chance it was a case of mistaken identity.

Vanessa Rodriguez was well-liked by everyone they’ve interviewed. She was home with her 1-year-old daughter when she was shot. The baby wasn’t harmed.

Her husband was at work when she was shot.

Detectives are hoping someone will come forward with information leading to the killer.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. All tips will remain anonymous and tipsters could receive a $5,000 reward.

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