A man is behind bars, suspected of a northeast Houston crime spree that started with a bizarre carjacking that was caught on camera.
The driver of a 1993 Honda Civic pulled up to the Valero gas station at Homestead and Parker just before 6 a.m. Friday.
Surveillance cameras caught his interaction with another man, who is seen wearing a safety vest. The driver goes inside the store, comes out and the two exchange words.
“At this point, we can’t tell exactly what was said between the victim and the male suspect,” said Det. Sgt. Russell Gray with HPD. “But at some point, the suspect pulled out what appeared to be a revolver and shot the victim multiple times in the chest and the leg.”
The victim managed to run into the Valero for help, but eventually went across the street to the A Mart, where he locked himself in the bathroom. Police say the suspect followed him there.
“I hate to speculate about why he was following him, but it could have been for his wallet or car keys,” Gray said.
The suspect got the keys somehow because officers say he drove the car from the Valero to a Shell station in the 4000 block of Lockwood Dr. Surveillance video there shows him having an exchange with the clerk and pulling something out of his waistband before dropping what looks like bullets on the floor and leaving.
“That dropped as a weapons disturbance,” said HPD Lt. Jonathan French. “There was no gunfire or robbery, but the suspect left the scene.”
Hours later, a K-9 officer spotted the stolen Honda Civic parked outside a Walgreens at Little York Rd. and Eastex Freeway.
After showing the suspect’s photo to a Harris County deputy working security in the area, the deputy recognized the suspect and said he’d seen him in Home Depot with spray paint. It appears the suspect may have been trying to paint the car to camouflage it.
When officers confronted him inside Home Depot, they say he refused to follow verbal commands.
“Just before the deploying the dog, while reaching for his waistband with a visible weapon, he decided to give up and get on the ground,” French said. “He was taken into custody without any incident.”
At this point, the suspect faces one charge: felony in possession of a firearm. Officers say more will be added if they can confirm he’s the same man who shot the victim, stole the car and had the outburst at the Lockwood gas station.
Police say the victim is in stable condition at a Houston hospital.
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