Tomball, Texas police are looking for the career criminal in the mugshot (right, vintage 2012) in connection with a murder. The lead-up, the crime, and the escape were all caught on store surveillance video; apparently the killer and the victim knew each other from somewhere in the murderer’s criminal milieu.
A man accused of using a motorcycle helmet to kill someone at a Tomball Walmart on Monday has been charged with murder.
Surveillance video from the store shows 29-year-old Michael Brandon Jemison and Justin Jones arguing with each other, Tomball police said. According to investigators, Jemison hit Jones with the helmet, causing him to collapse inside the store.
Jones died at the hospital.
He hit the doors, got on his bike, and apparently, kept on going; the crime happened Monday, and here Wednesday he’s still on the run. Makes you wonder about the wisdom of the courts, turning him loose in the first place.
Police say Jones was inside the Walmart early Monday morning with a friend, then had a conversation with Jemison.
“We have reason to believe that they knew each other. It appears it has been an ongoing feud between people in that group,” said Sgt. Gary Hammond, with the Tomball Police Department.
[The victim’s girlfriend, Lindsey] Stover says the friend Jones was with was withdrawing money to give him before the encounter with Jemison. She believes it was only about $60.
“I don’t think it was spur of the moment. This guy saw an old enemy,” Stover said.
She says the incident should have never ended like this.
“Stand up, act like a man, you take another man’s life, turn yourself in,” Stover said. “Own up to what you did and quit hiding.”
Another news story notes that Jemison has been in prison for a long string of felonies, both violent and drug-related. That might explain some of the tats, and his low body fat percentage (left). But this grim incident is also a living lesson that even a scrawny druggie is strong enough to kill an unprepared and unarmed human being, even with an improvised weapon — a blunt instrument — like a crash helmet. There are dozens of better weapons in every home or workplace, and you best defense against any of them is ATF: Alertness, Training, and Firearm.
Jemison remains at large at press time. However, the Tomball PD (a notably forward-looking and imaginative force) is looking, and they’ve also called in the Texas Rangers. Next time Jemison strikes that come-hither selfie pose, he’ll be doing it for his cellmate. Next few thousand times.
And that’s the best case scenario — assuming he doesn’t wind up on the next slab to his victim, Jones. Either outcome couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.