HPD: Truck owner carjacked, shot after meeting potential buyer from Craigslist


by KHOU.com staff & Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 7:15 PM

Craiglist carjacking, shooting

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HOUSTON – A man who was trying to sell his Ford F-150 pickup truck was shot Thursday night when he was carjacked by a potential buyer who responded to a Craigslist ad, according to Houston police.

Michael SiFuentes, 20, and his friend went to the Flamingo Chill restaurant on Airline at Brenda to meet with a potential buyer around 9:30 pm. The potential buyer and another suspect were waiting in the parking lot when the owner arrived.

During the meeting, one of the suspects pulled out a gun, shot SiFuentes in the chest and drove away in the truck. The other suspect left in the same vehicle they drove to the meeting.

The victim’s friend called 911.

"He was there helping my brother, trying to keep him awake. He was breathing in and out, trying to keep him responsive" said Timothy SiFuentes, the victim’s brother.

Michael SiFuentes was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition. His friend was not injured.

The victim’s brother said he was trying to sell his modified truck for $5,500 to help support his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter.

"He’s very honest, he’s very loveable. He’s so happy that’s why everyone is so shocked it happened to him" said Timothy SiFuentes.

Both suspects remain on the loose.

Timothy SiFuentes had a message for them.

"It pisses me off, it really does, people would do something like that," the brother said. "He didn’t deserve this. I hope you’re happy, you got what you wanted. You hurt our family over a truck. That’s sad, it’s pathetic.