HOUSTON—Police have identified a man who allegedly opened fire on two women inside his moving car last week, and then pushed one of them to her death on the Katy Freeway.
Police said it happened last Thursday around 8:20 p.m. after an altercation occurred in a blue Dodge Magnum with Noe Aranda, 32, and two women inside.
Police said Aranda, who was driving the vehicle, pulled out a weapon and shot both women several times.
One of the women jumped from the vehicle in the 20900 block of the Katy Freeway, police said. Life Flight was called to transport her to the hospital. The 21-year-old woman was listed in stable condition Monday.
The second woman was shot and either was pushed, or jumped, from the vehicle in the 24000 block of the Katy Freeway. Police said the 22-year-old woman was struck several times by other fast-moving vehicles and died at the scene.
HPD said Aranda kept going until he struck the back of a flatbed, spinning out of control near Exit 731. His car came to a stop in the grassy median of the freeway, and he ran away on foot.
Police are trying to determine if the women had been kidnapped. Their names have not been released.
Aranda has been charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 184th State District Court.
Aranda is also facing felony charges of endangering a child, assaulting a family member and evading arrest in connection with a police chase back in April.
The chase started on April 11 around 5 p.m. along the Southwest Freeway at Club Creek when citizens witnessed a couple fighting inside a Ford F-150 and contacted police. They said the man was hitting the woman, who was driving.
The woman was later identified as Aranda’s children’s mother and she was eight months pregnant at the time. She pulled the truck over when she saw a police car’s flashing lights. Police said that’s when Aranda pushed her out of the truck, jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with the four children inside.
The children were dropped off safely with a relative a week later, but Aranda remained on the run, police said.
Anyone with information on Aranda is asked to call the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.