HPD locates stolen Cadillac with 3 suspects linked to multiple Houston-area crimes, officers say
HOUSTON – Authorities from the Houston Police Department have located a stolen vehicle that has been linked to multiple crimes in the area. Inside the vehicle were three suspects whom police arrested on Friday evening.
According to the HPD, officers said they initially located a red Cadillac that was allegedly stolen from Fixers Automotive in The Heights on Friday, January 14.
Crina Micu said her husband Tarfin, the sole mechanic and owner of the auto shop, was fixing this red Cadillac when someone started talking to him and then eventually jumped into the car, knocking Tarfin over. He had to be treated in hospital.
And then, on Friday, January 21, HPD officers said there had been a slew of armed robberies in store parking lots, including the Walmart on Silber Road.
Police said the suspects were attempting to rob customers at gunpoint and said the same stolen red Cadillac was there.
“We had a series of armed robberies involving a red Cadillac in northwest Houston. Our North and North West Crime Enforcement Officers as well as our Gang Officers have begun to search the area,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said.
Investigators then set up a watch on that vehicle, leading them to the 1700 block of Woodvine Drive in Jalna Street on Friday evening.
“Officers set up a lookout on the vehicle, the vehicle was occupied and they tried to drive away,” Crowson said. “Officers used a pit maneuver to pull the vehicle to the side of the road where they arrested three suspects. We will invite them for an interview.
The maneuver ended when the red Cadillac ended up in a ditch.
The three suspects were arrested by officers at the scene and taken into custody for questioning.
Meanwhile, police said the pit maneuver prevented a potential chase, which could have been more dangerous.
“Pretty dangerous suspects. The agents did a great job. [Friday night] and got those suspects in safely,” Crowson said.
As for Tarfin, the mechanic of The Heights, he is out of hospital but will need physical therapy according to a GoFundMe page created by people in his neighborhood.
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