TowNews Posted July 7, 2018 Share Posted July 7, 2018 Carjacking suspect kills owner, leads pursuit to Sugar Land A carjacking turned deadly Friday afternoon when the owner of a stolen tow truck confronted the thief in broad daylight. Shortly before 3 p.m., a tow truck owner dropped off a repossessed car to a lot along Beechnut Street, Assistant Houston Police Chief James Jones said in a press conference. The repossessed vehicle – a black Kia – was just unloaded from the tow truck when the owner noticed someone driving away in his wrecker. Tito Moczygemba was processing the repossessed car and witnessed the theft unfold. "He said, 'hey, somebody's stealing my truck.'" The owner yelled to Moczygemba for the keys to the Kia and the pair chased after the thief. Police say the two followed the wrecker west on Beechnut Street until it intersected with South Kirkwood Road, where the tow truck had stopped in a bank parking lot. When the owner of the wrecker and Moczygemba got out of the Kia to confront the driver, the thief put the truck in reverse – pinning the owner, Moczygemba said. "I was standing right there in front of him," Moczygemba described. "I ran back trying to help him, to give him CPR. He couldn't speak. There was blood coming out of his ear. His eyes were rolling back. I tried to help him." The injured man, clinging to life, was transported by ambulance to a hospital, where he later died. The suspect took off and police chased the wrecker into Sugar Land. He eventually crashed into a pickup truck at the intersection U.S. 90 Alternate and Brooks Street where he was taken into custody, Jones said. Homicide detectives investigating the incident will work with the Harris County District Attorney's Office to determine appropriate charges against the suspect. Jones says he could face first-degree murder charges. The tow truck owner was described as a husband, father, and grandfather who frequently worked with Moczygemba repossessing vehicles. He worked on his wrecker everyday and took pride in his work. "We were supposed to go to Galveston," Moczygemba said. "That's what we were talking about when (this happened)." Neither the wrecker owner or the suspect were identified by police. RESOURCE LINK with images Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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