Man charged in killing of Good Samaritan

Man charged in killing of Good Samaritan
Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:22am

Police arrest 39-year-old Houston man Sunday

Houston---Police arrested a 39-year-old Houston man on Sunday who is accused of gunning down a Good Samaritan during a purse snatching at a Meyerland gas station last week.

Anthony Ray Ferrell has been charged with capital murder, accused of shooting and killing 24-year-old Sam Irick, who was trying to intervene in Thursday's armed robbery.

Ferrell, who is in jail without bail, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. He has a criminal record that stretches back to 1991 and includes burglary and robbery charges, according to Harris County court records.

A Crime Stoppers tip helped authorities catch Ferrell, who was identified through surveillance video and witnesses, HPD spokesman John Cannon said.

"We are pleased to have this killer off the streets," said activist Quanell X, who had urged community members to come forward with information. "If they have in fact caught the right man, and this is the man who killed this Good Samaritan, this hero, then he truly is a cold-blooded killer."

To lean more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: www.chron.com

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