Reward offered in hopes of finding suspects accused of murdering man, setting body on fire

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HOUSTON — Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division are asking for the public’s help finding two suspects police believe murdered a man whose burned body was found in a field in southeast Houston.

On March 6 at 11:55 p.m., Houston firefighters were called to extinguish flames at a pickup truck in a field in the 5000 block of South Acres Drive.

After tapping out the fire, they discovered Tony Iwu dead in the bed of the truck. Police believe he was murdered before his body was set on fire.

Further investigation led to the identity of three suspects in the case; Mercedes McDonald, Dominic Wright and Jason Demond Gates.

McDonald has been arrested, but the two men remain on the run.

Wright is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds, and has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

Gates, who is charged with capital murder, is 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He also has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. Gates has tattoos on his arms, neck and face, and a large growth on his forehead.


Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspects in the case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.