Toddler’s accidental shooting led to father’s arrest in case of man killed in Marq-E parking lot.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A shocking connection was revealed in the murder of a 37-year-old man who was killed in front of his family on Easter Sunday at a west Houston entertainment complex.
A shell casing found in the parking lot and surveillance video from the Marq-E Entertainment Center played a role in helping investigators, but it was the suspect’s own son shooting himself four days later that ultimately led to his arrest.
On April 4, Miguel Vasquez was leaving the Dave and Buster’s at the entertainment center with his 10-year-old daughter when he was shot and killed. His daughter wasn’t harmed during the attack.
Nicholas Thomas, 23, has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting.
Prosecutors say Thomas may have targeted Vasquez for the watch he was wearing.
Thomas is seen on surveillance video approaching Vasquez, putting him in a chokehold, demanding his watch and shooting him, prosecutors say.
The suspect got away after the shooting.
Vasquez ran for help to off-duty officers working security, but later died at a hospital. Authorities said they do not believe the suspect got away with anything.
In the days following the killing, police released a sketch of the suspect and video showing a white sedan leaving the parking lot at the time of the shooting.
Just four days after the Dave and Buster’s shooting, prosecutors say Thomas’ 3-year-old son got a hold of the same gun he used and shot himself.
Police were able to tie the bullet in that case to a shell casing located at the Dave and Buster’s deadly shooting.
Prosecutors say it wasn’t just that. They say surveillance video also tied Thomas to the scene.
“The vehicle that was seen in the surveillance video matched the vehicle that was registered to the defendant’s girlfriend’s mother, who stated that the girlfriend was the primary driver, and then found that this defendant was actually a primary driver as well,” officials read in court Wednesday.
Thomas’ attorney asked for his bond to be set at $ 30,000, but prosecutors didn’t want any bond at all.
Ultimately, the judge set his bond at $ 150,000.
Thomas is due back in court Friday.
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