A suspect has been charged with the loss of life of a toddler who was discovered restrained inside a stolen SUV a couple of mile away from the place his father was fatally shot simply hours earlier.
Houston police recognized Bolanle Fadairo Thursday as the person accused of killing 38-year-old Michael Essien and his 2-year-old son Micah. He’s dealing with two counts of homicide in reference to their deaths along with one depend of tampering with proof. In keeping with courtroom paperwork, the ultimate cost stems from the 38-year-old suspect’s alleged efforts to delete texts related to the case.
Officers with the Houston Police Division responded Tuesday afternoon to El Camino Del Rey St. close to Chimney Rock Highway, which is within the Gulfton space. After they arrived on the scene, not removed from a neighborhood strip mall, they found Essien already lifeless from an obvious gunshot wound.
“Investigators realized the sufferer met Fadairo on the location and the 2 spoke briefly earlier than he then shot the sufferer,” police mentioned. “The sufferer fled a brief distance and collapsed within the car parking zone.”
The suspect, in the meantime, fled the scene in Essien’s automobile, a black Chevrolet Traverse.
Amid their investigation into the lethal violence, authorities acquired a cellphone name from a girl who reported her son and husband lacking. Investigators rapidly decided the lacking man and their gunshot sufferer was the identical individual and kicked off a seek for the lacking toddler.
Police finally discovered the sufferer’s automobile with the kid unresponsive within the backseat. Officers needed to pressure entry into the SUV, breaking the again window to succeed in the toddler, but it surely was too late. Regardless of implementing life saving measures, Micah was additionally pronounced lifeless on the scene.
His explanation for loss of life is pending post-mortem outcomes, however Houston Govt Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite beforehand speculated warmth exhaustion to be the trigger.
Fadairo was taken into custody with out incident. A decide on Thursday set his bond at $750,000 for every homicide cost and $50,000 for the tampering with proof cost.