Highlands man killed, truck stolen

Randy Alen Segura

HIGHLANDS – Authorities arrested a 19-year-old man here Tuesday after an 83-year-old longtime resident was fatally shot Monday night at his home and his pickup was discovered missing.

Otis James was found lifeless by a neighbor checking on his welfare at about 8:25 p.m. in the 100 block of South 4th Street, say Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies. Family members were called to the scene by the neighbors.

Deputies said James was found sitting in a chair in his living room with blood on his shirt from more than one gunshot wound. Forensics has yet to establish a time of the shooting. The missing vehicle is described as a white 2012 Ford F150 Crew cab with a disabled license plate 5GPWM.

Harris County ESD#5, from Crosby, pronounced James dead at the scene, shortly after arriving.

Investigators later identified Randy Segura as a person of interest in the case after questioning several people at the scene that night. They did not release details about Segura’s possible connection to the shooting but local sources indicate that he is related to a nearby tenant at property owned by James.

The Ford F-150 crew cab pickup was missing from the home but discovered near Dell Dale Road on Jacinto Port Boulevard in Channelview on Tuesday morning at about 10:00 a.m.

Deputies said Randy Alen Segura was taken into custody shortly before 2:00 p.m. not far from the crime scene in Highlands on Tuesday. He has been charged with Capital Murder in connection with the death of Otis James.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at 713 967-5810.