Houston residents on edge after string of violent, fatal carjackings

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HOUSTON — A recent string of a violent carjackings over the last week in Houston has many residents on edge.

“It's a very sad state of affairs and we need to catch these guys,” Constable Alan Rosen with Harris County Precinct 1 said.

Overnight in southeast Houston, an interrupted vehicle burglary left 22-year-old Carla Marizol Carias dead. Carias' boyfriend heard two male suspects breaking into her car outside his apartment complex.  The suspects drove off in their own vehicle once confronted — firing shots as they sped off and hitting Carias once in the chest.

This terrible news follows two different carjackings Monday.

Kewin Kaewprasit, 20, lost his life Monday night at the Nottingham Village apartments off Kimberley Lane in west Houston. The suspect is still on the loose after fatally shooting the young man and taking off in his 2015 Nissan Altima.

A 35-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son survived a carjacking at 1960 and Red Oak in north Harris County. A fast acting Harris County Sheriff`s office apprehended suspect Jonathan Matthew Adams after police said he pointed a gun at the victims before taking off in their 2009 Chrysler Sebring.

And in southeast Houston, law enforcement is still on the lookout for a suspect in a blue Dodge Avenger that took the life of 20-year-old Jaime Hernandez after he was gunned down in a failed robbery outside an IHOP off the Gulf Freeway.

All four of these crimes happened when the victims were vulnerable and near or in their vehicles.

“Being aware will greatly reduce your chances of a car jacking, of being robbed,” Rosen said. “If you see a car behind you kinda suspicious about it, go around the block. If they continue to follow you go to a very public place and call law enforcement.”

But if it's already too late for any of that.

“We tell the public, give them what they want. The property can be replaced, you`re life can`t be replaced,” explains Rosen.

Tis the season Houston, be aware - and be careful.