TX: 74-year-old man shoots Houston carjacker (Neighbors call him a hero)
74-year-old man shoots Houston carjacker (Neighbors call him a hero)
Date: Jul 24, 2009 12:50 PM
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HPD: 74-year-old man shoots Houston carjacker
Neighbors call him a hero
By MIKE GLENN and DALE LEZON Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
July 23, 2009, 9:21PM
A southwest Houston man who told police he shot a
knife-wielding carjacker Thursday morning is a getting a
strong show of support from some of his neighbors.
He was protecting us, said Jaime Zaldivar, who has lived
next door to August Peters, 74, for several years on Carona
Peters pulled in front of the home about 6:30 a.m. when he
noticed another car drive past and park along the curb
across the street, police said.
Soon after Peters got out of his car, Martin Baltazar, 18,
came up to him and jammed a knife against his throat,
Houston police said.
He said, Give me your car or I’ll kill you,’ said Victor
Senties, an HPD spokesman.
Peters reached into his car for a pistol. He began firing,
with at least one round striking Baltazar in the abdomen,
Houston police said.
The wounded Baltazar fled across the street, forcing his way
into the home where Lui s Ramos lives with his wife and
Baltazar ran through the house terrifying Ramos’ wife in
the bedroom as he sought to escape.
He said, Don’t touch me. Don’t touch me. Move,’ Ramos
said. I was nervous. I didn’t know what to do in this
Ramos said Baltazar finally found the kitchen but was unable
to open the locked back door.
He took a big chair and he hit the window, Ramos said.
The bleeding Baltazar climbed through the shattered window
but apparently had a problem holding up his baggy trousers,
He left his pants in the kitchen, he said.
Baltazar vaulted the backyard fence but was captured moments
later by Houston police a few blocks away from where he was
He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was in
fair condition, officials said later Thursday.
Baltazar has been charged with aggravated robbery with bail
set at $30,000.
No other injuries were reported.
August Peters could not be reached for comment later
Thursday. His neighbors described him as a quiet man,
He’s a good man. He never looks for problems, Zaldivar
Residents say they are concerned about crime in their
neighborhood. Zaldivar and Ramos both said their homes have
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