After several days of saying no arrests had been made in the Sunday night shooting of a hotel security guard, Galveston police announced Thursday that a man had been taken into custody Sunday night.
The 21-year-old man from Missouri City was in the Galveston County jail on Thursday on unrelated charges, police said.
The guard, identified Monday afternoon as Phillip Molis, 23, was shot in a parking lot on Sias Street, behind the San Luis Resort, just after 10 p.m. The San Luis Resort, a luxury property, is at 5222 Seawall Blvd.
Molis had seen three men in a parking lot and approached them. He was shot soon after, police said.
During the ensuing search after the shooting, officers found Tyronne Davis Haynes, 21, of Missouri City allegedly attempting to hide himself, police said Thursday.
Haynes is believed to be a member of a street gang from Missouri City and is a suspect in the shooting, said Joshua Schirard, spokesman for the Galveston Police Department.
Officers took Haynes into custody that night on unrelated charges and have been questioning him in regard to the shooting, Schirard said.
Investigators at the news conference declined to name what those unrelated charges were.
Haynes was being held on a criminal trespass charge, Galveston Police Chief Rick Boyle said after the news conference.
He was being held in the Galveston County jail on $5,000 bond, District Attorney Jack Roady said.
News of the arrest came after police told The Daily News late Monday that no one had been arrested, but that investigators were interviewing one person of interest to determine his “possible involvement in the crime.”
With Haynes’ arrest, officers are still searching for two additional suspects in the shooting, police said.
Molis, a hotel employee, not an off-duty police officer, was working a private security detail, police said.
He was in a uniform but unarmed when he was shot at least nine times, suffering wounds in both arms, the abdomen, the legs and near the groin, police said.
A deputy from Randall County Sheriff’s Office attending a conference at the San Luis heard the shots and found Molis and began treating him, officials said Friday.
A Bayou Vista Police Department officer working security found the two men and called 911, police said.
Molis was conscious when an ambulance arrived and took him to a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital, where he underwent surgery and remained Thursday in critical but stable condition.
Officers from several local departments responded to the scene. Police dogs were brought in, and a helicopter flew over the scene for hours.
During the search, police found Haynes and 10 vehicles in the area that appeared to have been burglarized, police said.
Police said they suspect those involved in the shooting are part of a criminal gang called Gorilla Mob 187.
Officers Friday were still reviewing security video images taken of the area, police said.
The Galveston Police Department is offering $30,000 to anyone that can provide information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the people who shot Molis, Schirard said.
“He’s a kindhearted man loved by everyone,” said Stephanie Molis Gutierrez, Molis’ aunt, in a statement at the news conference. “We are asking and praying that everyone will share this information and hope that someone will speak up.”
Generous people provided funds for the $30,000 reward, Schirard said.