Suspect Charged, More Victims Sought in Serial Sex Assault Investigation

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Incident Update
Houston Police Department


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 1, 2016 11:05:05 AM CST

*NOTE TIME OF AVAILABILITY WITH INVESTIGATOR*

Charges have been filed against a suspect believed responsible for committing at least six sexual assaults in the southeast Houston area since May 2016.  

The suspect, David E. Beard (b/m, 30), is in custody and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in the 182nd State District Court.  A photo of Beard is attached to this news release.  

Investigators in the HPD Special Victims Division reported:

A black male suspect, driving a red or maroon four-door vehicle, picked up his victims in the southeast side of Houston in the late morning hours.  In each case,  the suspect forced a victim into his vehicle, threatened her with bodily harm and ordered her to perform a sexual act on him with her eyes closed.  The suspect then drove to a residence and pulled into the garage of the residence where the sexual assaults continued.  After the assaults, the suspect dropped off each victim on the southwest side of Houston, near Dunlap and Dublin Street.  

Further investigation identified Beard as the suspect in this case.  He was positively identified by two victims and, on October 5, he was taken into custody without incident.  He remains in the Harris County Jail.  

Investigators believe there may be more victims and ask anyone with information to contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-308-1100.  

At 2 p.m. TODAY (Thursday, Dec. 1), an investigator in the Special Victims Division will be available to answer questions in these cases in the Media Briefing Room on the first floor of the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis.

NOTE: REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS MUST ENTER THE BUILDING THROUGH THE PUBLIC ENTRANCE AT 1200 TRAVIS, GO THROUGH THE METAL DETECTORS AND PROVIDE VALID IDENTIFICATION BEFORE BEING ESCORTED TO THE MEDIA BRIEFING ROOM.

                         David E. Beard

VHS/JFC  12-1-16


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