Bayou Body Count: Never Trust A Man With A Hatchet

Throughout history, the term "hatchet man" has meant different things. In the 1880s, it was slang for a Chinese hired assassin. In the mid-1900s, it was used to describe a journalist who assassinated the character of a public figure.

Today in Houston, it means something much simpler: someone who assassinates a man with a hatchet. And according to the Houston police, one of them is on the loose.

On Monday morning, several workers at a business park at 5562 Gasmer were in the parking lot when they stumbled upon a dump truck. Inside the truck's cab was a dead man. Police say his face had several deep gashes and that a hatchet was found by the body. Detectives believe the dead man, who was in his 40s, was the employee of a nearby business and that the body had been in the truck for several days.

Investigators say they have not come up with a suspect or motive yet.

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Police do, however, have a pair of suspects in a killing that happened Thursday night in a home at 8303 Bell Blossom Lane. Dorian Thomas and Chelsea White are both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Fort Bend County for the death of Darrell Anthony Mouton.

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Mouton, 20, of Louisiana, was at a party when he and White started arguing, police say. White told Mouton that her friends were going to beat him up for insulting her, so Mouton and a buddy left and went to a home on Bell Blossom Lane.

Later that night, police say, White and two men went over to the Bell Blossom home and one of the men started beating up Mouton outside. Mouton then ran in the house when one of the men shot at him, police say. The bullet struck the door and then hit Mouton in the head. He died the next day at Ben Taub General Hospital, police say.

Detectives say they are on the hunt for both White, 19, and Thomas, 22.

On Tuesday morning, Harris County Constable deputies found a dead body near the intersection of Orleans and Ruben White. The body had been badly burned. Deputies have no suspects yet.

Ernest Steadman of 13030 Northborough Drive heard a knock on his door Sunday night. He opened up, stepped outside and was greeted by two or three men who began making demands. The men then shot Steadman, 29, and ran away, police say. The investigation is still underway.

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Police are investigating the death of 52-year-old Perry Barefield. He was found Sunday evening in his car outside 14000 Mary Kay Lane. There are no witnesses or suspects so far, police say.

On Friday night, someone called 911 saying that a gray Ford had wrecked in the southbound lanes of the Eastex Freeway near Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery. When Harris County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found that the driver had been shot dead. Again, there were no witnesses, authorities say.

If you have information about any of these investigations please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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