Charges have been laid against a suspect accused of running over a construction worker and stabbing the manager of Montrose’s apartment

HOUSTON – A suspect has been arrested and charged in the death of a man who fatally punched a construction worker and then stabbed an apartment complex manager after entering the Montrose building during a violent rampage, according to Houston police.

Ronnie Dwayne Cesear, Jr., 27, is charged with four felonies; capital murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The deadly chain of events unfolded at the Hanover Autry Park apartment complex located on Buffalo Park Drive and Allen Parkway around 3:30 a.m.

Houston police say it all started when a man, now identified as Cesar, approached 67-year-old construction worker Carrl Hayes, who was working in the area overnight.

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Cesear stabbed Hayes with a butcher knife, then jumped into the victim’s truck and overturned it, police said. He then drove the truck into the lobby of the building, got out and continued his rampage.

Still armed with the knife, Cesear charged the building’s concierge, who retired to an office. A 51-year-old apartment complex manager confronted Cesear, who stabbed him multiple times in the back, police said.

According to the HPD, two officers arrived on the scene first and found a gray pickup truck driving through the lobby entrance and an injured man on the ground. Officers then observed a dark-skinned man with curly hair wearing a black t-shirt and black pants walking away from the scene. When Cesear saw the officers, he turned and walked towards them, still carrying the kitchen knife. Officers gave repeated verbal orders to the suspect to stop and drop the weapon, but he ignored their orders and continued to approach.

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When Cesear got close enough, he lunged at the officers with the knife. Fearing for their lives, the two officers discharged their service weapons and struck Caesar more than once. This still did not stop the suspect, who got up and attempted to flee on foot. Officers followed him, deployed their conducted energy device (taser) and were eventually able to take him into custody, police said.

Once officers secured Cesear, they focused on helping the victims. Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Hayes dead. The apartment manager was taken to an area hospital for treatment and has since been released.

Cesear was also taken to hospital, where he is resting. No mug shots have been released at this time as Cesear has yet to be transported to jail.

The two responding officers were not injured. One was sworn in as an officer in March 2017, and the other in December 2019.

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As is customary in shootings involving HPD officers within the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, Internal Affairs Division and the District Attorney’s Office. of Harris County.

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Alice F. Ponder