Sketches released in murder of food truck owner

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by Rekha Muddaraj / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 6:00 PM

HOUSTON—The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding the suspect who gunned down a taco truck owner in northwest Harris County.

Composite sketches of the killer and his getaway driver were released Tuesday.

Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, 53, was shot to death Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of Fairbanks North Houston.

The gunman walked up to his taco truck and ordered food. While Vasquez and his wife were preparing it, the suspect burst through the door.

Vasquez was trying to protect his wife when he was shot.

The suspect and his getaway driver fled in a tan four-door sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota.

They didn’t get any money.

"I never thought this type of violence would reach my family," Manuel Vasquez, the victim’s brother, said Tuesday. "I ask the community to please pay attention now before it’s too late."

Sheriff Adrian Garcia is also concerned the violent robbers might strike again.

"My feeling is, is that if they selected one mobile food vendor they may select another," the sheriff said in a news conference Tuesday.

The case is personal for Garcia.

He knew the victim because their wives sold Mary Kay cosmetics together.

Sonia Vasquez said she and her husband came to the U.S. from El Salvador and were living the American dream.

They began operating the taco truck last year and hoped to open a restaurant soon.

The gunman is described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s. He is about 5'4 with a skinny build.  He has dark hair and a tattoo over one eyebrow.

The driver of the getaway car is also described as a young Hispanic man. Investigators believe he has a Texans tattoos on his shaved head.

If you recognize either man, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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