Q: I was wondering if there have been any follow-up stories on Alamar Houston, who was arraigned in Yolo County in July 2015 on attempted murder charges for allegedly deliberately running a car into three bicyclists on South River Road.
A: In an amended complaint filed by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in May, Alamar Cyril Houston is charged with 17 felony and four misdemeanor counts stemming from the June 30, 2015 incident in which he is accused of intentionally running down and injuring three bicyclists near West Sacramento.
The charges include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run with injury, second-degree robbery, vehicle theft, evading a peace officer and driving with a suspended license. The District Attorney’s Office’s website indicates that Houston’s next court date, for a trial readiness conference, is Oct. 19, with a trial set for Oct. 31.
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According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Houston allegedly drove a stolen 2015 Hyundai into three bicyclists on South River Road between West Sacramento and Clarksburg. Two of the victims suffered serious injuries, and the third had minor injuries.
The victims were traveling a route popular among area cyclists known as the “river ride”, which typically starts in Sacramento and loops through the Delta before returning to the city. Houston allegedly struck a 51-year-old man before crashing into two teenagers. California Highway Patrol officers chased Houston into downtown Sacramento, where he was arrested.
Sacramento Superior Court records indicate Houston has a criminal history spanning two decades, with charges including petty theft, robbery, burglary and stealing a vehicle.