CULLEN — A Cullen couple is facing extradition to Las Vegas in connection with the murder of a 71-year-old woman found in a water meter vault.
Jamar Webb, 33, of the 400 block of Lee Street in Cullen, was arrested, Wednesday, Oct. 7 as a fugitive from Las Vegas Metro Police. He is facing charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of a credit card without the owner’s consent and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.
Veronica Houck, 23, is charged with murder, robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
Las Vegas Metro Police say the two were arrested in connection with the murder of Young Suk Sanchez.
“Houck is believed to have been acquainted with the victim,” LVPD officials said.
On Sept. 22, patrol officers responded to a report of a suspicious piece of luggage found in a water meter vault. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Las Vegas Valley Water District crew was checking water meters in the area when Sanchez’s remains were discovered. Police say the body had been there at least a month, the news agency reported.
“Patrol officers and crime scene investigators determined that the duffle bag contained what was believed to be human remains,” police said.
Webster Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy Bobby Igo Jr. says the sheriff’s office received information regarding the incident and hosted LVPD, allowing them to use the sheriff’s office to interview Houck.
“We actually had the female (Houck) in jail on unrelated charges,” Igo said. “They (LVPD) contacted us and asked us to keep her in our jail. They wanted to come interview her. They had no warrants for him at that time. After interviewing her, they were able to obtain warrants, and he was arrested on those charges.”
Warrants were executed against Houck following the interview on Oct. 6. She had been arrested a week prior on a probation and parole violation for leaving the state without notifying them, Springhill police chief Will Lynd said.
“Veronica’s been arrested numerous times for identity theft, monetary instrument abuse and other charges,” he said.
Lynd says the two met when Webb got out of prison after serving time on charges related to the November 1996 death of Herman DeLoach during the commission of a robbery at Bee Bop’s, a grocery store in Cullen.
He was just 15 at the time, Lynd said.
With active warrants against her, Houck and Webb moved to Las Vegas to a place called The Suites. They came back to Springhill and officers picked her up on a warrant, booked her and she posted bond about a week prior, he said.
“We got a phone call saying they needed Veronica right now,” he said. “I get her in there, and Probation and Parole had her on a violation for leaving the state without notifying them.”
Las Vegas police traveled to Springhill, Lynd says, and asked him to bring in Webb.
“They interviewed him, but he never confessed to anything,” Lynd said. “He was arrested on a pretty good list of charges.”
The two await extradition to Las Vegas to face the above charges.