During that time, Crime Stoppers of Houston offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an identification, charge, or arrest in the case. Lakewood Church added an additional $20,000 to the reward money. In 2016, the church donated the money to Crime Stoppers of Houston, since the crime hadn’t been solved.
“This past Friday, December 3, 2021, as more pieces of this case came together, Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious began talking to Deputy Director Nichole Christoph who also discussed the issues with our law enforcement partners,” the statement read. “Mankarious also began asking the Crime Stoppers Executive Committee if the organization could gift $20,000, the amount originally given to Crime Stoppers by Lakewood, to the ‘Good Samaritan’ plumber who made the discovery and turned in the money. Today, Mankarious received the approval to move forward with the gift.”
Mankarious said, “In 2014, Lakewood Church gave us $20,000 to work on this case. In 2016, they chose to gift us those funds for operations. Today, we are gifting that same amount of money to this Good Samaritan and wishing he and his family a wonderful holiday season.”
“I’ve been running Crime Stoppers since 2013 [and] been with the organization since 2006—I’ve never seen anything like this,” Mankarious told KPRC Click2Houston News.
A Lakewood Church representative said the church is appreciative of the plumber and that they hope “he pays the gift forward.” Cauley shared that he intends to donate some of the money to the Houston SPCA and Crime Stoppers.