Video captures moment 11-year-old girl runs from vehicle in southwest Houston after carjacker gets in

The men also threatened an 11-year-old girl
The men also threatened an 11-year-old girl

HOUSTON – Authorities are asking for help finding the men responsible for a carjacking that involved a couple and their daughter.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at a convenience store in the 8700 block of Beechnut in southwest Houston, authorities said.

Police said the couple pulled into the parking lot, got out and left the vehicle running with their 11-year-old daughter in the backseat.

The child’s mother Yenny Ramirez said it all happened in less than 5 minutes.

“Never leave your child in the vehicle,” Ramirez said in Spanish.

Shortly after, police said a whole GMC Yukon pulled up next to the black SUV and two men got out. After a brief exchange with the driver, Victor Velasquez, one of the men got into Velasquez’s SUV.

The man then noticed Velasquez’s daughter in the backseat and threatened to hurt her if she did not get out, police said. According to authorities, the child got out of the vehicle, and the man took off in the stolen vehicle while the other man followed in the Yukon.

Police said they later located the stolen SUV on Sept. 11 in west Harris County.

Authorities described both the men as Hispanic between the ages of 25 and 30. One was wearing a black shirt and jeans and the other was wearing a light-colored shirt with black pants.

The Yukon is said to have damage to the front right headlight and quarter panel.

Ramirez asking anyone with information on the men to call and report it.

“Report them so they can’t continue committing crimes and hurting the community,” Ramirez said in spanish.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspect’s identification, charging and/or arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at Crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers app.

Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.


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Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.