According to court documents, Luis and Florinda Argueta are fed up.
Their son, Joe Argueta, 19, was arguing with another teenager and his friends who had been harassing the family for weeks, cutting their car tires and shooting at their home in Houston, the Sheriff’s Office in Harris County, and a advocate for the younger Mr. Said Argueta.
Florinda Argueta, 39, devised a plan: the family would stay awake all night, waiting for the teenager and his friends and ‘dealing with them’, according to a Harris County prosecutor.
Late Monday night, Argueta’s brother, Margarito Alcantar, was waiting near the end of a street in an SUV, prosecutors said.
At about 11:30 p.m., a dark-colored Dodge, which the family said belonged to one of their harassers, pulled up near the Arguetas’ home, and the family jumped, the report said.
The SUV blocked the Dodge from one side and me. Argueta pulled up in her Honda sedan behind it. Luis and Joe Argueta and mr. Alcantar chased the car on foot.
According to the report, the younger Mr. Argueta held a bat and his father was armed with a rifle. The report states that several shots were fired at the Dodge.
The driver of the Dodge, Eddie Reece Clark III (29), pulled over to a garden to try to escape, crashed into a tree and then ran out. Mr. Clark, who was shot in the upper body, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
According to law enforcement, he had never met the family before that night.
“It Looks Like a Tragic Case” of False Identity, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Facebook. “Now four are charged with murder.”
According to the prosecutor’s report, “all four accused actively participated in the plan to chase Mr Clark on a public road, block his path and then assault him with a bat and a rifle.
“Eddie Reece Clark III was a neighbor who lived in an adjacent street and was only driving home when he was housed by the accused,” the report said.
Clark’s family declined to comment. Joe Argueta has been released from prison after posting a $ 50,000 bond on Wednesday. His mother was released on $ 20,000.
Police said they were still looking for Luis Argueta, 45, and Mr. Alcantar (29) is looking. Argueta did not want to give police contact information for her brother and said she did not know where her husband had fled to, prosecutors said.
Me. Argueta’s lawyer, Christopher Sharkey, declined to comment.
David Bires, a lawyer for Joe Argueta, described the teenager as an electrician who had to stop working in April after undergoing knee surgery. Joe Argueta has no previous criminal history, Mr. Bires said.
“He did not shoot anyone,” he said. Bires said. “He is not guilty of murder.”
Mr Clark was a commercial truck driver who lived in the subdivision with his mother and father from an early age, Albert Ausberry, 28, said. He told Mr. Clark met when they were both in seventh grade.
When they grew up in the area, they always felt safe, Mr. Ausberry said. “It’s a great place to raise a family,” he said.
Mr. Ausberry said he and Mr. Clark talks about starting a braai bakery business. Mr. Clark, who was comfortable but ambitious, set up blueprints for the truck and was full of ideas on how to make the business successful.
He said his friend’s death was a torment. ‘
“It just makes you angry,” he said. Ausberry said. “Why would you take the life of an innocent man?”
Delegates have visited the house of Arguetas seven times in the past three weeks, said ao. Ben Bell, a member of the Sheriff’s Office homicide unit, said reporters after the shooting.
Someone shot at their home at least twice and tires were cut in the driveway, Sergeant Bell said. “It was a constant disturbance,” he said.
Mr. Bires said the Argueta family “had been ruthlessly harassed for the past few weeks.”
The feud was apparently between the younger Mr. Argueta and the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend.
“Complaints have been lodged with the police,” he said. Bires said. “No action was taken.”
The sheriff referred questions about the complaints to the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, a local police agency. A spokesman at the office said the sheriff would have investigated the complaints of Arguetas.
Sheriff Gonzalez said the Arguetas believe the man who is harassing them is driving a black Dodge Charger. Mr. Clark was driving a dark gray Dodge Challenger.
After he was shot, Mr. Clark crashed his car into a tree and tried to run away, but quickly crashed to the ground.
The mother and son gave conflicting versions of what happened next.
According to the prosecutor’s report, Mrs. Argueta mnr. Clark approached while on the ground, tapped with a bat and asked, “Who sent you?”
The younger Mr. Argueta initially told investigators he shot at the car, but later said it was his father who shot the weapon. He told police that he, his father and his uncle Mr. Clark caught up after crashing to the ground.
Joe Argueta said he met Mr. Clark asked who sent him. “I did not do anything to you,” he said. Clark responded according to the prosecutor’s report.
When the police arrived, they found Mr. Clark on the ground, still alive. He was flown to a hospital in Houston and died two hours later.
Mr. Clark was less than a block from the house when he was shot, Mr. Ausberry said.
“The tree where his car crashed,” he said. “His parents have to pass that tree to leave their area.”