Kidnapping and aggravated robbery suspect stands trial

By Moses Leos III

A case involving a former San Marcos resident who was indicted in a 2015 aggravated robbery and kidnapping will be heading to trial this October.

According to Hays County records, Malcom Oshea Houston, 25, of Luling, is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 17 and faces two counts of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Houston’s trial stems from an April 2015 arrest where he allegedly stole a man’s firearm, then committed an aggravated robbery with the weapon while holding a person against their will at gun-point.

According to a San Marcos Police probable cause affidavit, authorities were dispatched to the Elevation at Post apartments on Post Road just after midnight on April 12, 2015.

Officers spoke to a man who alleged Houston took his black Mac-10, 9-mm handgun after he showed him the firearm. Houston allegedly tried to pistol whip the man with the weapon and threatened to shoot him. The man fled to his apartment and called authorities. He eventually chose not to file a police report after police attempted to coordinate with Houston to give the firearm back.

Roughly an hour later, San Marcos Police responded to the 800 block of Bracewood Circle for a verbal disturbance where a firearm was displayed.

An officer found three people running from the area, which included the man who declined to file a police report for the firearm. The man told authorities he and two others went to Houston’s apartment after he was told by Houston to pick up the firearm he took.

Houston and another man, Tristian Delgado, allegedly confronted them with guns, with Houston allegedly confronting them with a pistol in a “threatening manner.”

Two of the men, including the initial victim, ran away, eventually calling police.

One man was removed from his vehicle at gunpoint and forced into Houston’s apartment.

Houston and Delgado allegedly instructed the man to empty his pockets, where they took his car keys and a cell phone.

Authorities met with the two other victims who fled, but were interrupted when Delgado drove the third man’s vehicle without permission at a high rate of speed, eventually crashing. Delgado fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended after he returned to the apartment to receive medical treatment for his injuries.

The man who was being held against his will emerged from the apartment holding a rifle by the barrel. That man told authorities Houston was inside of the apartment with firearms and had allegedly threated to shoot him if he told police what happened.

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