Police in Houston, Texas are searching for a man they believe killed and possibly dismembered a missing woman, last seen on April 16. Chukwuebuka Nwobodo28, is wanted for murder and evidence tampering, police say.
Officials said they had arrested Nwobodo as early as May 13 and that he had pictures of the dead on his phone, but they described him as at large in a press release Thursday.
Nwobodo bought items like a power saw, garbage bags, towels, and a flashlight at the time he killed Felicia Johnson, 24, police said. Officials said he ran a series of suspicious Google searches in the days following the murder. These searches reportedly included:
- “Bleaches denatured blood”
- “Can bleach destroy DNA?”
- “What Does Bleach Do With Blood”
- “What does vinegar do with blood?”
- “Does Vinegar Destroy Blood DNA”
- “most densely wooded part of Houston”
- “How to completely clear your history”
Specifically, as of April 28, the suspect is said to have been looking for:
- “How to be a serial killer
- “How do you get away with murder?”
- “How to Kill Without Getting Caught”
Nwobodo also reportedly sought on May 3 to see if police could check a missing person’s phone records or their text messages.
According to officials, escorts were being sought in Houston on April 30. Police have suspected that Johnson originally encountered Nwobodo for the purpose of prostitution and that Nwobodo withdrew a total of $500 for the April 16 encounter. He allegedly ordered an Uber for her and picked her up from The Windchase Hamlet Apartment Homes at 3233 Windchase Boulevard, where he previously resided until March 2020, in the early hours of April 16. He took her to his home at 14935 South Richmond Avenue, officials said.
Johnson’s concerned family members in California reached out to Texas after not hearing from her. Her cell phone was found with blood on it off the road at Bear Creek Pioneers Parks near Highway 6 and Clay Road. A member of Texas EquuSearch found a purse nearby that matched the description of Johnson’s purse, officials said.
Cops said they were able to track down Nwobodo in part by investigating the Uber. They described a violent scene at his Richmond Avenue home and said there were obvious bloodstains throughout the home when a search warrant was executed on May 13. This included the hallway floor just outside the bathroom and throughout the bedroom. The tests showed a match with Johnson’s DNA profile, authorities said.
Neither the missing 24-year-old nor the 28-year-old suspect were found. The police are now looking for him.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 10, 2022
After the original arrest on May 13, police claimed to have found “a photo of a deceased, dismembered woman” and three photos of dead people on Nwobodo’s phone. Those images had no metadata, police officers said.
Officials did not immediately respond to a request from Law&Crime for comment on Nwobodo’s history in custody.
Police claimed to have found various suspicious items in Nwobodo’s silver Honda Accord, license plate LLD6670. These included a 9mm handgun, receipts for items he may have used while cleaning up, several loose latex gloves, a large kitchen knife and a shovel. A reagent showed the presence of blood in the vehicle and on the kitchen knife, officials said.
Nwobodo was previously charged with sexual assault in November 2020, police said. A woman claimed he tried to rape her in his vehicle. She got out and freed herself after he threw her to the ground and grabbed her wrist, the woman said in the probable cause affidavit. Police said they later denied there was any violence or sexual assault. She said she didn’t want to press charges and just wanted to go home.
From the police:
Anyone with information regarding Nwobodo’s whereabouts or in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
[Image via Houston Police Department]
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