- Robert Barnes was arrested for murdering and dismembering his elderly mother.
- The dismembered body of Lucila Barnes was hidden in a wooden box.
- The man is already arrested and charged with murder.
Robert Barnes was arrested in Houston, Texas after his mother’s dismembered body was discovered in a wooden box. The crime against Lucila Barnes, 72, was described by Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County Sheriff in Texas as a “sad and horrifying case.”
The agents of the Homicide Division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) have already arrested Robert Barnes, 36, accused of the murder of his mother whom he later dismembered to put all the pieces of her body in a wooden box of those used to collect fruits and vegetables.
Robert Barnes is accused of killing and dismembering his mother
The crime for which Robert Barnes is accused after the murder of his mother Lucila Barnes has become the exclusive news on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas, after details were known by the authorities of the dismembered body of the old woman in her own home in an unprecedented crime in the city.
According to the documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico In Texas, on the night of Wednesday, October 20, 2021, several relatives of Mrs. Lucila Barnes called the HCSO emergency number to tell the authorities that they were dismayed that they had not heard from the woman for several days.
Routine call uncovers Robert Barnes crime
Police officers from the HCSO, from District 4, were assigned in their morning routines on Thursday, October 21, to visit the home of Mrs. Lucila Barnes, 11100 Cactus Point Court, near Barker Cypress Road in the northeast of the Houston metropolitan area. , Texas, to make sure the old woman was okay.
The HCSO agents who arrived at the home of the elderly Lucila Barnes met her son Robert Barnes and asked to speak to the woman. However, when talking to the authorities, Robert Barnes began to fall into contradictions, nonsensical phrases and justifications but did not explain where the old woman was.
Robert Barnes threatened the police with a gun.
Robert Barnes continued for several minutes without responding to the request of the HCSO patrols for him to call his mother and the agents to verify that Mrs. Lucila Barnes was alright. However, the boy did not listen to the officers who insisted on questioning him where his mother was. Barnes even aggressively drew a pistol.
One of the agents, tired of the evasiveness of Robert Barnes, told the man not to leave his house. The patrolman estimated that something is not right and asked his superiors from the HCSO to enter the house due to the alleged commission of a crime since it was not known where the elderly Lucila Barnes was. Robert Barnes was very aggressive with the police.
They ask a policeman to go in and look for Lucila Barnes
The superiors of the HCSO patrol car authorized him to enter the house, despite the opposition of Robert Barnes, to do a routine search. Other agents were sent to Lucila Barnes’ home to assist her partner. The patrolman noted in his report that he did not find anything strange in the house, but neither was the old woman.
The last of the address that the agent checked was the spoon and that was when he made the discovery of the crime. The agent reported that Lucila Barnes was dismembered and her challenges were placed in a wooden box used to transport fruits and vegetables. The woman, according to the first expert reports, had been beaten to death.
Robert Barnes arrested for his mother’s death
HCSO patrol officers detained Robert Barnes at the scene and requested the presence of detectives from the corporation’s Homicide Division to coordinate investigations into a case that has shaken the community in Houston, Texas, as details emerged. of the case.
As of this writing, Robert Barnes is charged with murder and tampering with criminal evidence for the beating death of his mother Lucila Barnes. The man is being interrogated on the afternoon of Thursday, October 21 at the HCSO headquarters to find out the motive and details of the murder of his mother.
They are already investigating the detainee for other crimes
According to Texas State Penal Code the murder charge like the one faced by Robert Barnes for the death of his mother Lucila Barnes is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 99 years in prison for whoever pleads guilty to that crime after facing trial.
However, when the forensic analysis of the body of the elderly Lucila Barnes is completed, her son Robert Barnes could face other more serious crimes charged by the HCSO. So far the agents are also investigating the weapon with which the man threatened the officers to find out if it is related to other crimes.
Lucila Barnes’s body was dismembered in a box
Lucila Barnes lived in the Riata Ranch neighborhood, which is a peaceful community of upper-middle-class families in the northwest of the Houston, Texas metropolitan area, and where the level of crime is minimal. Most of the residents in that neighborhood are white Caucasian.
Until the time of writing this story, the agents of the Homicide Division of the HCSO have not revealed how it was that Robert Barnes dismembered the body of his mother Lucila Barnes before putting it in the wooden box. The boy has a criminal record on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of alcohol.
There is help reporting elder abuse in Texas
The Texas State Attorney’s Office warns of the dangers of what they call elder abuse. The prosecution has the helpline of the State Department of Health Services Texas to report elder abuse cases by calling 800.459.9858. All report calls are kept anonymous.
According to the Texas State Attorney’s Office, elder abuse can occur in various forms that include “involuntary confinement, intimidation, humiliation, harassment, threats of punishment, deprivation, hitting, slapping, pinching, kicking, any type of corporal punishment” by a person in the care of an elderly person or a family member.
The elderly suffer sexual abuse and even theft of their money
However, the Texas State Attorney’s Office has investigated much more serious cases such as “sexual assault, sexual coercion, sexual harassment.” Also incidents of “verbal abuse or any verbal, written or sign language abuse that includes derogatory or derogatory terms, regardless of the person’s ability to hear or understand.”
Some cases even involve theft in elder abuse because according to the Texas State Attorney’s Office they frequently review cases of “economic exploitation” when family members, third parties, or even nursing home employees appropriate the financial resources saved. throughout his life by the elderly.
A person does not lose their rights when they reach old age
“Exploitation includes the illegal use by a caregiver of an older person’s resources for financial or personal gain, profit or gain. Older people may need help with their finances, ”says the Texas State Attorney’s Office, although it clarifies that asking for help does not mean that they lose their rights.
“Unless an older adult legally hands over control to someone else, they have the same right as anyone else to receive, spend, invest, save, or give away their money. A family member, a ‘friend’ or a nursing home cannot take control of the money of an elderly person without the permission of that person, ”the prosecution details.
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