Gangs of New Orleans flooding Houston area

Houston Chronicle:

Citing a wave of violence rooted in turf battles back in New Orleans, Houston police on Friday identified 11 Hurricane Katrina evacuees as suspects in a string of homicides, robberies and kidnappings since November.

Eight of those men are already in custody. One of the three still at large is Ivroy Harris, 20, who goes by the nickname "B-Stupid" and was charged in the slaying of a man during a child's birthday party in New Orleans last May. At 16, Harris also was wanted in connection with a shooting outside a public housing complex after several people opened fire and one man was killed, according to a published report.

Also wanted is Travis Jordan, 21, who in 2003 was seen picking up a 9 mm pistol after a man was shot while watching a Mardi Gras parade. The outcome of the earlier cases against Harris and Jordan could not be determined Friday.


On Friday, investigators with the Houston Police Department's recently formed gang murder squad announced a raft of charges against the 11 men. Three men in the group have been charged in connection with four homicides, although police say some of the members of the group may be responsible for as many as seven others. Nine of those slayings occurred in Houston and two in Pasadena.


"We're going to hold them to the justice of Texas law," Brown said. "We think they are going to find things are a little bit different than in Louisiana. We're very aggressive in enforcing our laws in Texas. We're going to take care of our business."


There is much more.

This Washington Times article suggest Houston is looking to find permanent housing for at least eight evacuees in the Texas Department of Correction facilities.


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