Charges dismissed in Houston metro restaurant, murder of 18-year-old killed protecting his mother

A man charged with the murder of a Houston teenager in a 2017 Subway sandwich shop robbery had his charges dismissed due to a “missing witness”, court records show.

The case dates back to February 22, 2017. Javier Flores and his mother, Hilda Vasquez, were both working at a Subway store in southeast Houston, when two men entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at Vasquez.

Flores ran towards the man holding his mother at gunpoint and was shot in the neck.

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Three months later, police arrested Jeffery Archangel, then 25, and charged him with capital murder. Charging documents show detectives linked him to a robbery at another Subway store that was hit by two suspects.

The suspects wore the same hooded sweatshirts as the suspects who assaulted Flores and her mother, records show.

Through an anonymous tip, detectives eventually identified the two suspects as Archangel and his sister’s boyfriend, Derrick Welch, according to arrest records.

In early May 2017, Archangel was charged with capital murder. That was before Hurricane Harvey and the COVID-19 pandemic ground Harris County’s criminal justice system, causing delays and a growing backlog for tens of thousands of cases. This backlog has complicated efforts to resolve criminal cases, courthouse veterans say, because it takes much longer for cases to come to trial, meaning witnesses die, move, disappear or become less willing to come to court. bear witness.

Such was the case on Friday, when the case was dismissed, according to court records. The dismissal document shows that the reason for the dismissal was listed as a “missing witness”.

More information was not available. Harris County District Attorney’s Office officials were not immediately available for comment Friday evening. Archangel’s attorney, Michael Fosher, was unavailable for comment.

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