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Murder Suspects Turn Themselves In

UPDATE: Both 19-year old Cecelia Rocha and Gary L. Houchins have turned themselves in.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Crime Stoppers is offering cash rewards for two suspects wanted for Attempted First-Degree Murder, Attempted First-Degree Robbery, First-Degree Kidnapping, Third-Degree Assault and First-Degree Burglary. 

On July 11th, suspects Gary L. Houchins and Cecelia L. Rocha, both 19, negotiated to rent a room from a Mead, Washington resident. They left the residence at about 11:30 a.m., but returned around midnight when the male resident was gone.

The two entered the home armed with baseball bats and a pistol and used zip ties and duct tape to immobilize the resident's juvenile son. They carried him to the basement, tied him to an exposed wall stud and placed something over his head.

When the resident arrived home, he walked inside and was immediately attacked by the suspects who were wearing panty hose over their faces, as well as baseball caps and hoods.  Despite this, the victim recognized the two during the struggle.

He was struck several times in the face, head and body, and Houchins got behind him and attempted to snap his neck. They told him if he cooperated they would not kill his son.

Meanwhile, the son had worked his way free, escaped out a basement window and ran to a neighbor's home for help. The neighbor grabbed two ornamental swords and ran to help, but was immediately struck in the head with a bat when he entered the home.  He required sutures to close the wound from the bat.

The suspects fled through nearby woods. A sheriff's K-9 team later located one of the nylon stockings worn by the suspects.

Gary Houchins is a white male who is six feet tall and weighs 225 pounds.  He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Cecelia Rocha is a Native American female who is 5'02" tall and weighs 125 pounds.  She has brown hair and green eyes.

The detective assigned to the case is unaware of any current addresses for the suspects.

Crime Stoppers fugitives are wanted criminal suspects who are avoiding capture by police. This makes them potentially dangerous, and they should only be contacted by law enforcement professionals. 

Persons with information regarding these fugitives' whereabouts should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash fugitive reward.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

 

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