Eddie Clark’s killers, a Texas family of four, are now facing murder charges after they fatally shot their 29-year-old neighbor in a case of mistaken identity on Monday night.
Eddie was driving his dark gray Dodge Challenger through his Westminster Village subdivision in Harris County, Texas when the family ambushed his car under the assumption that he was the neighborhood vandal that they were attempting to track down.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the family suspected that a teenage male friend of their son’s ex-girlfriend was damaging homes and vehicles in their neighborhood. The suspect allegedly drives a black Dodge Charger, and when the family saw Eddie driving a similar model they leapt at the chance to chase him down. One of the family members, 19-year-old Joe Argueta, was armed with a pistol and another was armed with a baseball bat.
Joe told investigators that he went after the vehicle on foot while his mother, 39-year-old Florinda Argueta, drove after Eddie in her car and attempted to block him in the street. Joe stated that he had fired multiple shots at the vehicle and managed to strike and wound Eddie. The Texas father of two struck a tree, got out of his car to run away from the scene and then collapsed. He later died at the hospital.
Joe was detained and charged with murder shortly after deputies and EMS responded to the scene. Florinda was initially released after questioning on Monday night but was eventually charged with murder alongside her son.
Joe’s father, 45-year-old Luis Argueta, and his uncle, 29-year-old Margarito Alcantar, are currently wanted for murder after they fled the scene.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office stated that these charges are based on surveillance footage of the car chase and crash as well as witness statements. If you or anyone you know has information pertaining to the location of the wanted subjects, please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100 or call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-8477.