Twisted “carjacking” tale may be drug deal gone bad




County investigators are trying to unravel a tangled tale involving a supposed carjacking that may have happened on Wednesday, December 4.

A resident on Hickory Lane off Old Pleasanton Road called dispatch late Wednesday evening saying there was a man at his front door claiming to have been in an accident. Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward says that when DPS Troopers arrived, the man’s story changed; he said he had been carjacked. Deputy Sheriff Robert Newman and Sergeant John Rothenbach then came to the scene. The deputies called for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Sergeant Investigators Albert Garza and Jesse Martinez along with Captain Matt Miller listened as the victim told his side of the story.

Allegedly the victim, whose name has not been released at this time, was driving his Hummer when two men in another vehicle blocked him in and began firing at him. The victim alleged he abandoned his Hummer, and the two men drove away with it. Sheriff Soward said that “The investigators determined that the story provided by the alleged victim was suspicious.”

According to Sheriff Soward, a 37-year-old man, showed up in a Hummer at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) around 12 a.m. Thursday morning, suffering a gun shot wound to the face. He matched the description of one of the two alleged carjackers who allegedly shot at the victim.

A 26-year-old man was riding with the 37-yearold man in the Hummer as well. He may have been nicked by a bullet, according to Sheriff Soward, but had left the hospital before officers could interview him. He also matched the description given by the carjacking victim, according to Sheriff Soward.

CID investigators, Chief Investigator Jake Guerra and Texas Ranger Shane Staley spent most of Friday morning in San Antonio following up on leads and talking to all parties involved, according to Sheriff Soward.

Sheriff Soward stated, “At this time we have reason to believe that a potential drug transaction turned into a robbery attempt. We will continue our investigation to try to get to the bottom of it”.

At this time no charges have been filed.



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