Man accused of fatally shooting girlfriend’s daughter during hostage situation in Harris County charged

Lauren Juma, 16,
Lauren Juma, 16,(Courtesy Photo)
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 7:05 AM CDT
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HOUSTON, Texas (KWTX) - Van Brisbon, 60, is charged with murder and is being held with a $1,000,000 bail at the Harris County Jail in connection to the shooting death of his girlfriend’s daughter during a hostage situation.

Lauren Juma, 16, was found dead from gunshot wounds after she was allegedly held hostage the early-morning hours of Friday, April 29.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 20400 block of Canton Trace, near FM 1960 and Lee Rd in Humble, Texas where they found the victim dead.

KHOU reports the hostage standoff started just after 1 a.m. when Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables were alerted by the victim’s sister, who called and said her mother’s boyfriend was holding her 16-year-old sister captive inside their home.

Once at the home, deputies heard a gunshot and then screaming. The deputies then heard a second round fired.

Deputies said Brisbon came out of the home and told them, “Do what you have to do.”

The suspect was apprehended and arrested by deputies.

According to KHOU, prosecutors told a probable cause court judge that police found the victim with her pants down. Investigators said, when Brisbon walked out of the home in Humble where she was killed, they saw him pulling up his pants.

A GoFundMe campaign has been made for funeral expenses.

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