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Man dies from apparent heart attack after fleeing from armed carjackers in northwest Harris County, deputies say

HOUSTON – Authorities are looking for two men involved in a carjacking that resulted in a man dying in northwest Harris County.

The incident happened at 4:50 a.m. Friday on Owens Cross Drive at Mckamy, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies initially said three armed men carjacked a 73-year-old man near his home, but after further investigation, they determine there were only two carjackers.

The men made off with his 2016 black Nissan Juke and the man ran home and told his wife what happened, authorities said.

“Two Hispanic males were in a vehicle, unknown type right now, and had forced him out of his vehicle, they then took his 2016 black Nissan Juke and fled the scene,” said Thomas Gilliland of HCSO during a news conference. 

In the process of telling his wife and calling authorities, his wife said the victim “started feeling bad and passed out.” Emergency responders determined he had a heart attack and died, authorities said.

Neighbor Natasha Lewis said she could not believe the crime that took place in front of her home.

“Shocking, devastating, because it could have been one of us, simple,” Lewis said.

Neighbors cannot recall any similar crimes taking place in the past.

Lawrence Taylor saw the response by investigators and paramedics this morning. 

“I seen I think it was an ambulance, just a bunch of flashing lights, I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Taylor said.

The carjacking is concerning for Taylor as he along, with his wife, leave around the same time every morning.

Friday morning’s events, which was a couple of yards from his front door and the loss of his neighbor, has produced one key takeaway, “You got to be more aware of what is going on I guess,” Taylor said. 

Approximately 30 minutes after the carjacking, authorities received a call of another carjacking incident approximately 2 miles away. Investigators from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit are still attempting to determine if the two are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS(8477) or the HCSO at 713-221-6000.


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