Suspect jumps off bike, beats car with hammer before hijacking driver outside restaurant, HPD says

HOUSTON – Surveillance video has been released of a suspect seen hijacking a man outside a restaurant in southeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department.

The carjacking was reported on July 26 at 9:40 p.m. outside a restaurant, located in the 2400 block of South Wayside Drive.

Police say the carjacking victim told investigators he drove a friend to the restaurant and waited for him while he came inside for a few minutes. The man said that while he waited, the suspect got on his bike, got off the bike and started shouting something at him. The suspect then walked around to the driver’s side of the door and told the driver to get out of the vehicle while hitting the window with a hammer.

Police said the driver was able to crawl into the backseat and escape the vehicle and away from the suspect. Apparently, the suspect then got into the driver’s seat and fled. The driver could be seen trying to stop the suspect in the parking lot and was nearly hit by his vehicle by the suspect as he fled.

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The vehicle was later picked up the same day around 3 p.m. from a pharmacy parking lot, located in the 7400 block of Park Place Boulevard, according to HPD.

Witnesses told police they saw a Hispanic male exit the vehicle and walk westbound on Park Place Boulevard. They were able to take photos of the suspect before he left the scene, police said.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male, 35 to 45 years old, 5’9 to 5’10, 160 to 170 pounds, dark hair, medium skin tone, black shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477, submit a tip online at www.crime-stoppers.org or via the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Crime Stoppers can pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Watch the carjacking incident below:

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