Houston Police are hunting for three suspects in the shooting and killing of a man trying to protect wife in a southwest Houston purse snatching.
The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the 12600 block of Brookglade Circle.
Police said Oscar Anibel Gomez and his wife were returning home when three men came to them and demanded her purse in the parking lot of their apartment complex.
“I screamed ‘Help! Help me! They’re trying to kill me! They’re trying to kill us!’ but no one came out,” said Claudia Pineda, Gomez’s wife.
“[The suspect] stepped on me and grab at me with one hand while the other pointed the weapon at my head and my chest,” said Pineda. “My husband got closer, and he said two or three times “Let her go, let her go,” and then I heard the gunshot.”
When the gun fired, she said the suspects fled, allowing her to run to her husband.
“I told him, ‘You need to live. You need to live. You can’t do this to me. ‘He said, They killed me. I’m going to die,'” Pineda recalled. He was gone moments later.
Houston Police detectives attempted to get surveillance video from the apartment complex Saturday morning. Old files could not be reached by staffs there, just the current livestream. IT staff may not be able to retrieve it until Monday.
Detectives said this was not the only robbery in the area on Saturday night. Another woman was pistol whipped and had her purse and cellphone stolen. They said it occurred at an apartment complex about 30 minutes before the one on Brookglade Circle, about a five-minute drive away.
According to police, the description of the suspects was similar: two to three African-American men in a small black car.
Pineda said the three suspects got into an unknown black, four-door sedan and drove away. They were only described as black men.
Gomez’s wife wants her husband to be taken home to Honduras for burial.
They were married for 14 years.
Houston police are asking anyone with information on the murder to please call their homicide division at 713-308-3600 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. A reward will be offered in exchange for information resulting in an arrest.
Listening to Claudia Pineda two about the moment she was robbed and her husband was shot and killed is heartbreaking. She says the suspects pointed a gun at her chest and her head. @houstonpolice @KHOU #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/R2NWUWe8PJ
— Chris Costa (@ChrisCostaTV) October 12, 2019