***UPDATE*** MCTX Sheriff Investigates Homicide on Morgan Cemetery Road

By: Travis Wood, Specialist
| Published 02/01/2024

Anthony Green

CLEVELANT, TX -- Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Homicide and Violent Crimes Division, Crime Scene Investigators, Gang Investigations Unit, Montgomery County SWAT, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force, and Real Time Crime Center have worked tirelessly over the past week and identified a fourth suspect in the Capital Murder of Steven Santillan.

Anthony Lawrence Green is now wanted in connection with this case and has an active warrant for Capital Murder.

If you have information that may lead to his whereabouts, please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 936-760-5800, option 3, or Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP [7867] and refer to case 24A023157. Green is considered armed and dangerous. If you believe you see Green, do not attempt to make contact, but call 911 immediately.

On January 25, 2024, at approximately 3:20 a.m. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Officers with the Splendora Police Department responded to the 22000 block of Morgan Cemetery Road, Cleveland, Texas, in reference to an assault with a firearm call.

The call originated from a female who called 911 and advised that three males with ski masks entered her home and shot her husband multiple times before leaving the residence. Splendora Police Officers were nearby and observed a vehicle occupied by three males driving at a high rate of speed and pulling into a nearby gas station. Officers attempted to make contact with the males, but two of them drove away in the car, leaving the third suspect at the gas station. Officers pursued the vehicle a short distance before the vehicle crashed at U.S. 59 and Fostoria Road, where both suspects were placed in custody after a brief foot pursuit.

All three suspects are being charged with Capital Murder and have been identified as 26-year-old Andre Franklin, 27-year-old Derrick Wilson, and 23-year-old Jose Gutierrez, all from Houston, Texas. All suspects have served time in prison and have extensive felony criminal histories for violent offenses in Harris County. The deceased male has been identified as 37-year-old Steven Santillan from Montgomery County, Texas.

The circumstances and motive surrounding this senseless murder of Steven are currently under investigation. Detectives with the Homicide and Violent Crimes Division and Crime Scene Investigators are still on the scene.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Splendora Police Department, Patton Village Police Department, and Precinct 4 Constables Office for their assistance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven's family as they navigate this unimaginable loss.

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