Body Identified as de Jesus; Suspect in Custody

A body found near Reliant Stadium has been officially identified as kidnap victim Susana de Jesus. Investigators believe the de Jesus murder and a host of other crimes in Pearland may be the work of one man. That suspect was found hiding in a neighborhood shed Monday after a failed carjacking attempt. Bill Stamps has more.
image of Susana de Jesus Susana de Jesus was taken at gunpoint from a Pearland shopping center more than a month ago. But there's more. In the past two months Pearland has seen several home invasions, a drive by shooting and an attempted carjacking. All this in a middle class city where the sound of police sirens is rarely heard.

But now investigators believe they've caught the person who may be responsible for several of those crimes.

"Right now, as it stands, it's looks like it's going to be greed — just straight up greed.

That's Brazoria County investigator Chris Kincheloe. The suspect is 21 year old Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean.

image of Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean The recent events began Monday morning when Jean allegedly tried to steal a car in a Pearland neighborhood. Police arrived and shots were fired. Jean escaped, but was found hours later hiding in a backyard shed. That night under questioning, he reportedly told investigators where they could find de Jesus' body. It appears the 37 year old woman was murdered for her Cadillac.

"At this time, it appears the motive of this suspect was a straight up carjacking."

A gun found in de Jesus's abandoned Cadillac matches one that was stolen in one of the home invasions. So if Jean is responsible for that crime, then authorities say there's no telling what else he may have done.

"We're gonna go back over all our cases. I'm hoping that we'll be able to make some cases on him."


All of this is good news to Pearland residents who've been wondering what's happened to the city they thought was quiet and safe. One woman didn't want us to use her name, but said the crime spree forced her to change her habits.

"Yah, I started being more careful at home, always keeping my doors locked and not going out late at night by myself after dark."

Captain Kincheloe says the arrest of a suspect shouldn't stop people from being safe.

"This crook is just one out of many. We still have to remain vigilant. We have to be aware. One of the things I always tell women when I talk to them. When you're walking out of the grocery store before you step off the curb: stop and look around. Look through the parking lot. Be alert. If you see something you don't like, turn around and get someone say, 'I don't like what's happening. Can you walk me to the car?' "


In the de Jesus case, she and her female coworker reportedly left work and walked to their cars together, but even that didn't keep her safe.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.