Man Pauses Date – Murders Parking Lot Scammer – Goes Back to Restaurant
Texas man Erick Aguirre, 29, is facing murder charges in the shooting death of parking lot scammer Elliot Nix, 46.
Aguirre learned he had been scammed out of $40 by a fake parking attendant, so he left his date inside a Houston restaurant, retrieved a gun from his car, and allegedly shot and killed the man before returning for dinner, according to court records.
According to court records, Aguirre allegedly told his date that “everything was fine” and that he just scared the man after returning to the Rodeo Goat restaurant from the parking lot.
They then started walking to a table but left to eat someplace else after Aguirre looked uncomfortable.
Aguirre’s date contacted police two days later after police had released photos of the couple, who had been identified by tips to Crime Stoppers.
“She wanted to do the right thing. She wanted to make sure that she came forward and told the police what she knew,” the woman’s attorney, Rick DeToto, told local news station KPRC.
Investigators said that on April 11, Aguirre and his date met for dinner in downtown Houston. After they parked their cars near the restaurant, Nix approached the couple claiming to be a parking attendant. He said it would cost $20 to park each vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Aguirre paid the $40. But a waiter at the restaurant later told the couple that Nix was scamming people for parking, police said.
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A witness later told police he saw Aguirre return to his car, grab a pistol and chase after Nix. The witness said both men left his view, but he heard a gunshot ring before 8 p.m. According to the affidavit, he claims he saw Aguirre “nonchalantly walking back to his car with the gun in his hand” before storing it in the vehicle and returning to his date at the restaurant.
Aguirre told his date he was uncomfortable with the restaurant, and the couple left, according to the woman’s attorney.
“She knows that he was upset, and he went after the person that allegedly scammed them, but they went to have dinner, and at some point, the defendant said he was uncomfortable with the restaurant, and they left,” DeToto told KPRC.
Houston Police officers responded to a call about the shooting and found Nix unresponsive with a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, police said.
The woman didn’t realize what had happened until the next day when police released surveillance images identifying the couple as persons of interest in their investigation. She cooperated with the police and was not charged.
Aguirre was arrested earlier this week and appeared in court on Thursday, where the judge set his bond at $200,000.
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