Four members of one family are now accused of killing a man from the Houston, TX area who they believed had vandalized their home and vehicles.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, “the killing seems like a tragic case of mistaken identity.”
Joe Argueta, 19; Luis Argueta, 45; Florinda Argueta, 39; and Margarito Alcanter, 29, are all facing murder charges in connection with the death of Eddie Reece Clark, 29. Authorities told CNN that Clark was shot and killed in his northwest Houston neighborhood while driving home on Monday, May 17.
According to investigators, the events that led to Clark’s death began before the shooting when the Argueta family filed several reports with the sheriff’s office regarding damage to their home and vehicles, says KCCI News.
One of the reports listed a black Dodge Charger as the possible suspect vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to KCCI News, authorities reported that at about 11:30 p.m. , Joe Argueta spotted what he believed to be the suspect vehicle driving in the neighborhood.
Members of the Argueta family tried to block the vehicle, which deputies reported was a Dodge Challenger-not a Dodge Charger, with their own vehicles.
In a press release, Sheriff Gonzalez said that Clark was driving a gray Dodge Challenger.
“Two male family members approached the Challenger on foot,” the sheriff’s said in the press release. “One male was armed with a baseball bat and the other male with a pistol. When the Challenger attempted to flee, the male with the pistol fired multiple gunshots at the passenger side of the Challenger.”
Joe Argueta told deputies that he fired shots at the vehicle until it crashed, according to Fox Carolina News.
Clark lived in a subdivision and was on his way home when the incident occurred, according to the police press release, adding that Clark was not known to the Argueta’s and was not known to be involved in the ongoing dispute with the family.
David Bires, an attorney for Joe Argueta, said his client was innocent, according to Fox Carolina News. “He is 19 years old, with no prior criminal history and he did not shoot anybody. He is not guilty of murder.”
A district court judge in Harris County set bond for Joe Argueta at $50,000 and for his mother Florinda at $20,000. Both have posted bond, according to court records. Luis Argueta and Margarito Alcanter have not been arrested, according to the Harris County District Clerk website.