Houston, Texas — I’ve got a few updates to report, starting with police finally filing murder charges in relation to a road rage shooting death we reported on last year.
For the link-impaired, back in October Theodore Mitsakos honked at a black truck that had pulled out in front of him. What followed was an 8-mile chase in broad daylight as the occupants in the black truck were hanging out of the windows shooting at Mitsakos.
The poor guy had time to call 911 and his business partner and explain that he was being chased before a bullet would strike him in the head, killing him. Mitsako’s vehicle would hit another vehicle before plowing into an occupied apartment building.
Witnesses described a black pickup being driven by two light-skinned black or dark-skinned Hispanic males but that’s about all the information police had to go on. “We don’t have any license plate or suspect names yet,” said Houston Police Sgt. Chris Cegielski at the time.
Now, six months and some Crime Stopper tips later, police have filed murder charges against 25-year-old Jose Gerardo Silva, a known gang member with a lengthy criminal history. He wasn’t too hard to find as he was sitting in a Texas prison. Two months after Mitsakos was gunned down, Silva was convicted of assaulting a family member, illegal weapon possession and deadly conduct charges.
His two accomplices have possibly been identified by police as well. One of them is also sitting in jail on unrelated charges while the other is rotting somewhere after committing suicide while in jail on unrelated charges.
“We are very pleased with the investigators,” said Mano Reyes, Mitsakos’ business partner. “We’ve been told that the one arrested has already confessed. It’s a big relief. I broke down when they called me.”Tags: Crime, gang, Jose Gerardo Silva, Road Rage, Shooting, Texas, Theodore Mitsakos