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Crowley teens intended a drug robbery. But their targets had guns, affidavit says

Two teens were shot to death near this Crowley park in August. Two Fort Worth men were arrested Wednesday, accused in the killing.
Two teens were shot to death near this Crowley park in August. Two Fort Worth men were arrested Wednesday, accused in the killing.

Two Crowley teens thought they had easy targets the night of Aug. 5, when they planned to rob two men of marijuana. But their intended victims were armed with weapons including a shotgun, according to an affidavit.

Minutes after a meeting on Hutchins Drive that night, the teens -- Matthlew Lemus, 18, and Edgar Ramirez, 17 -- died from shotgun wounds during the attempted holdup, the affidavit states.

The suspects fled, taking Lemus' shoe, his cell phone and Ramirez's handgun, according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Kyle Mathis Otey, 20, and Shailen Alexander Chowdhury, 20., both of Fort Worth, surrendered to authorities, accused in the slaying near a park. They were released after posting $100,000 bail each.

The two could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Police did not release any information on the killing.

But the eight-page warrant gave this brief account of the shooting:

Ramirez and Lemus were attempting to "hit a lick" on the night of Aug. 5, according to interviews with friends and acquaintances. "Hit a lick" means to commit some type of criminal offense and on Aug. 5 it meant robbing someone for drugs.

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Kyle Mathis Otey, 20, of Fort Worth Courtesy: Crowley police

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Shailen Alexander Chowdhury, 20, of Fort Worth Courtesy: Crowley police

Ramirez arranged a meeting with someone in the 700 block of Hutchins Drive, texting and calling him. The last text was at 11:04 p.m. on Aug. 5. It was later confirmed that Ramirez never went anywhere without a gun, and he had purchased one that day.

One of the final text messages instructed Ramirez and Lemus to get into the back of a truck. Detectives determined that the killing occurred in the truck on Hutchins Drive.

The investigation showed Ramirez had previously attempted a drug transaction with the people he was meeting on Aug. 5. One of those people was later identified as Chowdhury.

A witness had provided Ramirez with Chowdhury's name as someone to hit because he was an easy target. The witness claimed to have robbed Chowdhury in the past.

Otey became involved because he had provided Chowdhury with marijuana. It was also Otey's marijuana that had been previously stolen by other suspects.

On the night of Aug. 5, Otey had brought along several weapons, including a KSG shotgun he claimed was untraceable. He was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche.

Through the investigation, detectives tracked down Chowdhury and Otey. Authorities searched Otey's home in late August, but they did not locate the shotgun or the truck. Otey told them he didn't have them and that he didn't talk to police.

On Aug. 31, detectives were notified that the truck was located in Palo Pinto County, where someone had attempted to hide it. Biological evidence was collected from the truck and several samples matched Ramirez. There were no matches for Lemus, according to the warrant.

Police said in a Thursday news release the families of the victims had been notified of the arrests, and that they requested privacy.

Police officials also declined interviews.

Officers found the bodies of Lemus and Ramirez that night just north of Bicentennial Park in the Crescent Springs subdivision.

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Shotgun blasts killed two Crowley teens Aug. 5 and their bodies were found Aug. 5 on Hutchins Drive. Courtesy: Google Maps

Ramirez, who was to be an incoming senior at Crowley High School, died of shotgun wounds to the head and left arm, according to the medical examiner’s website .

Lemus, who graduated with the Crowley High class of 2016, died of shotgun wounds to the chest, the medical examiner’s website said.

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

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