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Pedro Aguilar

Police: Carjacker upset he stole a manual car; kills victim in front of wife, daughter

by Leigh Egan

Police say a carjacker in Houston became so upset that he stole a manual car instead of an automatic that he shot the car owner while the victim’s wife and daughter watched in horror.

9News NBC reports that around 11 p.m. on Saturday night, Pedro Aguilar, 47, was attempting to park his car at Richcrest Drive at Greenbriar Park, when two men pulled up beside him in a sedan. The suspects held Aguilar at gunpoint, and forced him out of the car. Aguilar’s wife and daughter were already standing outside of the car. They were helping him guide the car into a parking spot before the suspects arrived.

As Aguilar stood by his wife and daughter, the two suspects got into his car. They became infuriated when they realized they chose a car was a standard stick shift; something neither of the suspects knew how to drive. Enraged, one of the suspects shot Aguilar in the chest. He died at the scene.

The two men fled in the sedan they pulled up in and remain on the loose. They looked to be in their late teens, possible early twenties. No other physical description was readily available. They drove away in a white or silver four-door car.

According to a few residents in the area, Aguilar was likely finding a place to park outside since his apartment complex charged for parking inside the gate.

The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with any information is urged to call HCSO Homicide at (713) 274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-8477.

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.