HPD: Man admits to killing man, dumping body in Baytown

Patrick Zeno

A Houston homicide that began with one man stabbing another with a spear ultimately led to a body found dumped in a field on Harbor Street in Baytown.

Patrick Zeno, who lives at an apartment complex in the 8900 block of Chimney Rock Road in Houston, was charged Monday with the death of a 31-year-old man in Zeno’s apartment around midnight Friday.

In a Monday statement, Houston police said that police were called just after midnight Saturday morning with a report that witnesses had seen Zeno removing a body from his apartment.

When officers arrived, they found “a substantial amount of blood located inside the apartment.” While they were at the crime scene, Zeno returned and was arrested after a brief chase.

Zeno, they said, admitted to stabbing the victim and told them he disposed of the body on Harbor Street.

While the police press release identified the victim only as a 31-year-old man, the criminal complaint filed by HPD gave his name as Devenaux Hayes.

A motion filed with the 176th District Court in Houston asking that a high bond be set, said that Zeno told witnesses he was going to invite the victim to his apartment and kill him in order to take his money so he could pay rent.

The motion continues, “Defendant then drug the Complainant’s body downstairs from his apartment, loaded the Complainant’s body in the Complainant’s car and then drove to Baytown and discarded and hid the Complainant’s body.

While the statements made by Houston police consistently refer to the victim being stabbed, the cause of death listed by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences lists the cause of death as “Multiple blunt force injuries,” and the manner of death as homicide.

None of the documents provided an explanation as to why Zeno dropped his victim in Baytown. Houston police referred the question to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which did not respond to questions.

Baytown police were contacted by Houston police when HPD came to look for the body and Baytown officers were present, but not involved in the investigation.

A Baytown police spokesman referred questions to HPD.

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