Caught on video: Victims try to stop carjacking

HOUSTON – Houston police are searching for a thief who sped off from a convenience store Monday in the owner's truck, leaving an employee unconscious in the parking lot.

The incident was recorded on security video that also shows the thief casing the business a few minutes earlier.

Waseem Khan owns the Amigos Food Mart at 5703 Glenmont in southwest Houston. Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, he said, an employee returned from a grocery wholesaler in Khan's truck. The bed was loaded with groceries. The keys were still in the ignition.

The thief jumped behind the wheel as Khan, his father and the employee, Joel Aguilar, attempted to stop him.

Aguilar had climbed into the truck bed as the thief started the engine and drove off. Aguilar was thrown out of the bed onto the asphalt parking lot.

"He speeds off and Joel flies off the car," Khan said. "Right when he fell off, it took me a second to realize what was going on, and when I saw Joel right there. He was completely out."

Aguilar regained consciousness in an ambulance. He was treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises, but apparently no lasting injuries, and released.

Khan says the thief had been hanging around the store earlier Monday. The security video shows him coming inside to scan lottery tickets. He's also seen on camera stopping Aguilar at the front door to ask for work. A few minutes later, Aguilar was out cold and the thief was speeding away in Khan's truck.

"I want to press charges on him and I want him to be in jail. I mean, it's not right, he needs to go out there and make a living. That's not the American dream, stealing from other people," Khan said.

The truck is a red 2008 Toyota Tundra. Houston Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. The phone number is 713-222-8477.