An 18-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of an Uber driver in southwest Houston.
Charles Anthony Hudson is charged with capital murder in the death of 43-year-old Uber driver Hector Torres.
Houston police were dispatched to a shooting call in the 2900 block of Trail Lake Drive near Orem Drive on May 27.
At the scene, officers found Torres with multiple gunshot wounds. Before he lost consciousness, he was able to give a limited suspect description and told officers he had been robbed while providing an Uber ride.
HPD said Torres never regained consciousness to provide further details and was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital two days later, on May 29.
An autopsy determined his manner of death was homicide, and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Investigators found Torres’ car abandoned nearby in the 2900 block of Knotty Oaks Trail, police said.
According to charging documents, HPD filed an emergency request with Uber to pull information about the rider.
Uber told them the name on the account used to request the fatal ride, but that raised questions for HPD because the man who owned the account and his cell phone had been in the Harris County Joint Processing Center since the week before Torres’ death.
HPD later determined that someone else had gained access to the jailed man’s Uber account and used it to request the May 27 ride. According to Uber, the account was made in 2020 but hadn’t been used prior to May 27, 2023.
Thanks to more Uber and cell phone data, investigators were able to determine that the phone used to request the Uber ride spent a significant amount of time at a residence on Tidewater Drive, according to court documents.
HPD determined that the Tidewater address was associated with Hudson, who they previously arrested in January 2023. During another run in with law enforcement, officers reportedly found him in possession of the iPhone 12 that was used to request the Uber ride.
Hudson was arrested for the deadly shooting on Wednesday, July 5. He’s scheduled to appear in court next week.