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PASADENA, Texas Oct 19 2011 – A security guard already charged with attacking three prostitutes now faces charges in the shooting death of a 48-year-old woman.
Sara Annette Sanford’s body was found October 1, 2010 in a remote area of Harris County near Crosby.
Steve Hobbs, 40, of Crosby, was charged with capital murder in her death on Monday. Police say DNA evidence pointed to Hobbs.
Hobbs was already in jail for sexual assault and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon involving three separate attacks on prostitutes.
According to court documents, Pasadena police were investigating the murder of a prostitute named Wanda Trombley when they learned about Hobbs.
Investigators assigned to the Trombley case asked another known prostitute if she knew of anyone who’d been harming hookers lately. She described a man she said raped her on June 17.
The victim said she got in the car with the man and directed him to a nearby motel. But before they got there, the victim said the suspect pulled out a gun and told her to undress or he would shoot her.
The victim said he drove her to a remote area in the 10600 block of Wallisville in Houston, where he sexually assaulted her.
She said he handcuffed her hands to her feet and beat her with what she thought was a mop handle.
At some point during the assault, the victim said the suspect put on a uniform and appeared to check in with a dispatcher or employer on his phone.
She described the man as very large, with reddish-blond hair and thick eyeglasses.
She identified Hobbs as her attacker in a photo lineup.
Two other prostitutes have told police that a very large white male also assaulted them. All three alleged victims knew Trombley. And that’s not the only connection.
“One of the assaults occurred on the premises of a renovation company in the Wallisville area,” said Corbett. “The body of victim Wanda Trombley was found 30 feet from the driveway of the renovation company by the same name in Pasadena. Common to both places was a 40-year-old security guard – one Steven A. Hobbs of Crosby.”
Hobbs was employed as a security guard for MPS Security Services. He’s 6’4 and weighs about 350 pounds.
Investigators said Hobbs’ boss confirmed that he did work as a security guard, that he had handcuffs and that he would have been working near the site of the Wallisville alleged assault that day.
Police believe Hobbs may be linked to other crimes in the Houston area. He hasn’t been charged in the Trombley case.