UPDATE: Police Apprehend Second Suspect in Shooting Death of Taco Truck Owner

Categories: Food Trucks, News

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Photo courtesy HCSO
John Ray Aycock, left, was arrested on Oct. 22. Adrian Gomez, right, was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
UPDATE: The second suspect in the shooting death of Lorenzo Juan Vasquez was apprehended at 5:30 this morning in Madisonville, Texas.

The suspect, Adrian Gomez, was sitting outside of a closed business early in the morning when he attracted the attention of a local police officer. Upon running a background check on Gomez, the officer discovered that he was wanted in Harris County. Gomez was arrested and will be transported to Harris County jail.

He has been charged with capital murder in the October 12 shooting of Vasquez, the owner of El Paraiso Pupusas Tacos Y Mas taco truck, during an attempted robbery.

Police were unable to release an updated mugshot at this time.

The other suspect, John Ray Aycock, was arrested on October 21 and remains in the Harris County jail without bond. He is also charged with capital murder.

Original Post: On Saturday, October 12, Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, the 53-year-old owner of El Paraiso Pupusas Tacos Y Mas taco truck, was shot and killed by two men attempting to rob the vehicle while it was parked outside a Shell gas station at 8110 Fairbanks North Houston Road.

On Monday, October 21, John Ray Aycock was arrested by members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitives Task Force for his role in the homicide. He is being charged with capital murder and held without bond.

Police are still seeking the second suspect, who has been identified as Adrian Gomez. He has also been charged with capital murder in the shooting death. Investigators are asking for the public's help in locating Gomez.

From the Harris County Sheriff's Office:

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Adrian Gomez is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case. All tipsters remain anonymous.

The HCSO also notes that tips can be submitted online at iWatch Harris County.

Since Vasquez's death, sympathy for his family has been pouring in from food truck organizations and owners across Houston. Shortly after the victim's name was released, Houston Food Park wrote the following on Facebook: "A moment of silence please. We lost a fellow Food trucker last night. Our condolences & thoughts go out to the Vazquez family. Whatever we can do to help. We will do."



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9 comments
Daniel McCrary
Daniel McCrary

I'm pretty sure they made great life choices and went to college.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

that tattoo on the dudes forehead will give his cellie something to aim for when he finishes.


Bruce Merchant
Bruce Merchant

They should just stop in Huntsville on the way down to Harris County and save the state some money.

Pffft
Pffft

Gotcha, punk. Clear a cot on Death Row.

Nicholas Dion
Nicholas Dion

Tip: If you plan on being a successful career criminal, do not get tattoo's, much less facial tats. Genius.

Howard Singer
Howard Singer

The guy on the left asked me for a ride about 6 months ago.

Dodd Melcher
Dodd Melcher

I don't think the guy on the right is gonna be too hard to find.

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