TEXAS CITY — A day after his grandmother pleaded for him to turn himself in to police murder suspect Brandon Marlow Miller 20 reached out to police Wednesday and arranged to be taken into custody. Miller faces charges of murder and aggravated assault after a weekend shooting that left one man dead and a woman seriously injured.
Miller called detectives Wednesday morning and arranged a meeting in Southeast Houston. He was taken into custody by detectives and members of the Texas City Police Department’s Field Investigation Team.
Miller was picked out of a photo lineup by Terrie Lynn Moffett 30 the Bacliff woman who survived Saturday night’s shooting in the 700 block of Sixth Avenue North. She identified Miller by his nickname Pac Man.
Because of her injuries police have not been able to get a full description of what happened Saturday night that resulted in the shooting death of her friend Robert Mitchell Lyles 32 of Bacliff.
Moffett was shot in the face and her jaw is wired shut her father said.
Police interviewed the victims’ families and friends as well as associates of Miller’s trying to determine what happened Saturday night and how the victims ended up in east Texas City.
Police also are searching for the gun used in the shooting.
Surviving Victim ‘Improving’
Kenneth Moffett said his daughter is showing signs of improvement but it will be a long while before she will be out of the hospital.
Terrie Moffett is in the intensive care unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s John Sealy Hospital where security has been boosted.
”She’s communicating better each day using a pointer and cue cards” Kenneth Moffett said.
Moffett said his daughter was able to communicate that she wanted to see her boyfriend who she lives with in Bacliff. The couple is raising their 4-month-old son as well as Terrie Moffett’s 3-year-old son at a house the couple recently moved into.
The children are being cared for by family members and the boyfriend Kenneth Moffett said.
Moffett said he was pleased to learn Miller was in custody.
Family Relieved By Arrest
The arrest was also a relief for Patti Lucas Lyles’ aunt.
”I know now that he won’t be able to hurt anyone else” Lucas said.
She thanked Texas City police for their efforts in making the arrest.
She also thanked Miller’s grandmother Rose Mary Miller for her pleas for her grandson to turn himself in to police.
”Our heart goes out to his grandmother” she said. ”We are glad she made the plea. No one blames her for what happened. She set a fine example for (Miller) to live by.”
Rose Miller said her grandson had lived with her but moved out ”when he didn’t want to live by my rules.”
Suspect Called Police
Before surrendering to police Miller had a few demands. He insisted The Daily News be on hand to document his arrest.
His request he told police was so he wouldn’t be harmed during the arrest.
Miller also wanted to be able to kiss his girlfriend once he was in custody. The unidentified woman was with police and spoke with Miller by cellphone during the drive to Houston and met up with him once he was in the city jail.
Capt. Brian Goetschius spoke with Miller by phone much of the road trip from Texas City to Houston. When police arrived at the first meeting location at about noon near Interstate 45 Miller wasn’t anywhere to be found.
He instead walked into a nearby neighborhood possibly spooked by a Pasadena police officer who had arrived at the location while making a traffic stop and subsequently arrested of a man not connected to Miller’s case.
As Goetschius spoke with Miller by phone the suspect was found lying on his stomach in the driveway of a home in the 6600 block of Sylvan. Within a few minutes patrol officer Joe Collins and detective Earl Mendenhall had Miller in handcuffs.
While being placed in a patrol car Miller claimed he was not guilty of the accusations against him.
Family Chief: Media Helped
Lucas also credited stories by The Daily News and the newspaper’s television news partner KHOU-TV for putting the word out about Miller being a wanted man. Police Chief Robert Burby said the media coverage the use of the police department’s Facebook page and assistance of Miller’s family helped get the man into custody.
”That all worked in concert” Burby said. ”(It) enabled us to get him into custody safely. That’s what we were all trying to do get him into custody safely for everyone involved.”
Miller who also faces aggravated assault charges unrelated to Saturday’s shooting was being held on bonds totaling $1.5 million.