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article imageRecent attack in Pearland linked to Susana De Jesus' abduction

By Nikki Weingartner     Mar 11, 2009 in Crime
In a break that led police to a body of what is believed to be the woman abducted from a Pearland parking lot on February 2, police may be closer to solving a recent crime surge in the area. The most recent attack was connected to the abduction.
In a follow-up news report updating readers on a recent crime spree in Houston area suburbs that involved several women, including two women abducted from parking lots within a few weeks of one another, the question remained whether or not the crimes could be connected. Today, the police have charged a man in the most recent attempted carjacking crime and say that he is the one who led them to the body found yesterday in the trailer of an 18-wheeler believed to be the 37-year-old woman missing since February 2nd, Susana De Jesus.
Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean, a 21-year-old man from Pearland, Texas was arrested and charged with attempted murder, burglary, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft of a firearm following the Monday morning attempted carjacking in the Pearland area. He was alleged to have hidden in some nearby bushes and attempted to steal a man's car when the man went outside early Monday morning, before 6 am. The attacker was armed with a gun.
The attacker approached the home owner in his driveway, and shot at him after he fought with the gunmen, prompting the wife to call 911. When police arrived, the man fled but not before shooting at them. No one was injured in either shooting, but because of the gunman being on the loose, a local elementary school closed its doors for the day and two other schools went into lockdown. After a day long neighbourhood search, the gunman was found hiding in a shed at around 10 pm and arrested. The shotgun was also recovered.
After his arrest, police realized that Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean may be involved in the kidnapping of De Jesus and at some point, police obtained from Jean where to look for her body.
Just after 2 a.m., a badly decomposed body was found in the trailer of an 18-wheeler in a remote gravel parking lot near Reliant Park, North America's largest stadium venue, an area near where Susana made her last cell phone call just before 11 pm on the night of her abduction asking a friend if OnStar would be able to track her vehicle in the event of a delinquent account.
De Jesus' family was notified yesterday that they had possibly found her body but the identity has not yet been confirmed, with dental records being the final determining fact expected later today.
An unidentified source told 11 News that:
Jean admitted he was the mysterious man in two surveillance photos released in connection with the de Jesus case. Those photos were taken at an ATM machine and a Whataburger.
Jean was believed to have given four other names of suspects in the De Jesus case, but police say they interviewed those individuals and their stories "checked out." At this time, Jean is the only suspect in the kidnapping and possibly murder of Susana De Jesus. He has not yet been charged in her case.
In January, a man attacked a husband and his 4-month pregnant wife as they were going to work. The garage door had been unlocked and the attacker was waiting inside. Although the couple escaped relatively unharmed with several stitches and wounds on his head, arms and legs, the attacker fled on foot when the couple managed to get away and go to a neighbor's home. However, they did get a look at the man and were able to give a detailed account of the attacker, enabling police to put together a composite sketch.
A sketch that looks eerily similar to Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean.
Police are expected to give a detailed press conference today at 10 am local time on the De Jesus case, where any connections in the attempted carjacking of the man early Monday morning and the brutal attack on the pregnant couple is expected to be addressed. It is not clear at this time if Jean is connected to any of the other home invasions where the attackers approached in a similar manner but wore ski masks. In the De Jesus abduction, the attacker wore a ski mask.
There is no question, however, that the heroic fight put up by the victim in the most recent attack may have been the very act necessary to remove a monster from the streets and help police solve the horrible abduction of Susana De Jesus.
[update] The body found yesterday morning in the trailer of an 18-wheeler was positively identified as that of missing Susana De Jesus.
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