HOUSTON A murder victim ignored a request to stay at a nearby women s shelter just minutes before she was abducted and killed, a bystander told 11 News Thursday.
I just want to get this off my chest, said the man, who identified himself as Charles and declined to provide his last name.
Charles claims he is a shoe-shiner that wanders the area around the Greyhound bus station in downtown Houston. He said he met Raquel Mundy, 24, when she dropped her mom and two kids off at the station around 1:30 a.m. on June 17.
He said he warned her not to park in a McDonald s parking lot across the street, because her car would be towed. She did it anyway and minutes later returned to discover it was already gone.
Mundy tried to call friends and relatives, but couldn t find anyone to give her a ride to the tow lot.
Charles said he waited with her for at least a half hour. He claims she told him about her recent move to Galveston and that she had just started taking classes.
Charles said he suggested that she stay at a nearby women s shelter. When she declined, he said eventually left her alone.
According to police, Mundy instead hitched a ride with a stranger and later texted her mother, saying she thought she was in trouble.
Mundy s mother, Angela Collins, said she was still on the bus when she got the text and tried frantically to reach her daughter, but she was nowhere to be found.
A day and a half after she got in that stranger s grey car, Mundy turned up dead.
Her body was discovered by a homeless man in a field in the 300 block of St. Charles.
An autopsy revealed she had been strangled.
I feel bad about it, Charles said. She s an innocent lady just trying to get her life right. Whatever the hell took place, man...I wish I was there.
Councilwoman Sue Lovell said she s looking into whether more lighting is necessary in that area.
Police have made no arrests but are asking anyone with information on the case to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.