SAN ANTONIO – Police in San Antonio have arrested a second suspect accused of participating in the robbery turned homicide at the Rolling Oaks Mall.
The crime occurred Sunday. It left one dead and five wounded, including one of two suspects.
Jason Prieto, 34, (pictured) was taken into custody. Police believe Prieto ran away after the incident, which was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near Loop 1604 and Nacogdoches Road.
“Calls came in the area of Copper Gate and Loop 1604 for a vehicle that had wrecked out at that location,” said police spokesman Officer Douglas Greene.
Greene said officers in the nearby town of Converse tracked down Prieto. Converse is a small town about 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio.
Police believe Prieto was driving the car. Greene said Converse police were aware of the search in San Antonio and arrested Prieto. Soon afterward, they turned him over to the San Antonio Police Department.
Police have not yet released the name of the suspect shot and hospitalized Sunday. Yet they indicated Monday that more could be arrested in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting, reported KSAT.
According to a statement from San Antonio PD’s Facebook page, Prieto was driving a stolen car that was involved in the collision. There were also two weapons recovered.
Prieto was booked on a charge of capital murder. The unnamed suspect wounded Sunday is hospitalized in critical condition.
Death of a Good Samaritan
Police said the suspects robbed Kay Jewelers at the mall, and then shot and killed Jonathan Murphy, 42, a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene.
Two other people in the mall were hit by gunfire and suffered non-life-threatening wounds, according to police.
Praise for a Worthy Man
By Monday morning, relatives and friends of Murphy had taken to social media with words of praise for him.
His wife, Aimee, shared a Facebook post with KSAT 12 News. She called her husband loving, loyal, brave and said he died protecting her and others in a “senseless robbery.”
A family friend indicated Murphy and his wife were getting their wedding rings cleaned when the armed robbery occurred, and he was subsequently killed.
— Marvin Hurst (@MHurstKENS5) January 23, 2017
Police would not elaborate on how many others may be culpable in the crime. Prieto and the man in critical condition face capital murder charges thus far.
“It’s capital murder because we believe these two individuals allegedly went to this location to commit a robbery,” Greene said. “In the course of committing the robbery, an individual lost his life.”
Both suspects are being held on bonds totaling more than $1 million.