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5 People Charged in Houston Crime Spree

June 28, 2006 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) _ Five people _ including four teenagers _ were charged in a monthlong violent crime spree that police said included at least four murders and multiple robberies.

``This may be the meanest bunch of guys we’ve come across,″ Houston police Detective Alan Brown said.

Police said the crime spree began May 26 with the slaying of a 61-year-old retired wood shop teacher. It ended around June 20 when a man was carjacked and fatally shot.

Police said the group was led by Dexter Johnson, 18, and Keithron Fields, 17, who grew up together in northeast Houston. The others charged with capital murder include Timothy Randle, 19; Alvie Butler, 22; and Ashley Ervin, 17.

Their defense attorneys didn’t return calls for comment Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Johnson, Fields and Ervin also are charged in two additional murders. Police said they were responsible for the deaths of Maria Aparece, 23, and Huy Ngo, 17, whose bodies were discovered in an overgrown lot. They had disappeared June 18.

Detectives are looking into other cases to see if the suspects can be linked to more crimes. ``We feel strongly that there are other murders as well as dozens and dozens of other robberies out there,″ Brown said.