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4 catalytic converter thieves shoot at 2 men chasing after them in W. Houston, HPD says

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Two witnesses chased down catalytic converter theft suspects on Dairy Ashford near the Katy Freeway before a shooting Friday morning.

According to Houston police, the chase-turned-shooting started at about 9:30 a.m. when two men at a commercial business on Dairy Ashford noticed four suspects breaking into one of the men’s trucks, stealing the catalytic converter.

An ABC13 photojournalist in the area captured video of multiple catalytic converters on the ground in a parking lot near the scene.

The owner of the gray Toyota pickup truck and a contractor in a white van engaged with the suspects, prompting them to take off.

The two witnesses chased the suspects down on Dairy Ashford, according to HPD.

At one point during the chase, the suspects turned around and started driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Dairy Ashford.

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That’s when they crashed into a mother driving in a SUV with her child.

“This was a very dangerous situation, but we’re proud to say that nobody was seriously injured here,” HPD Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said.

The suspects pulled into a parking lot after the crash, prompting the witnesses in the truck and van to follow.

Unaware of the situation, the mother in the SUV also pulled into the parking lot after the crash.

Once in the parking lot, HPD said the two men used their vehicles to block the suspects in.

Realizing they were blocked in, the four suspects took off on foot toward a nearby hotel parking garage, Satterwhite said.

While fleeing, two of the suspects fired shots at the gray truck, with the mother and her child nearby, police said.

Video from the scene showed bullet holes in a gray pickup truck in the parking lot.

According to HPD, a Harris County Precinct 1 deputy constable at the gas station across the street saw the shooting and called for backup.

In total, Precinct 1, Precinct 5, Houston police, Department of Public Safety and SWAT officials all collaborated in controlling the scene.

Houston police secured a perimeter around the parking garage, where the four suspects eventually surrendered and were arrested.

Although officials initially believed there were six suspects, further investigation led them to believe there were only four, and all four were detained.

“The community should not feel alarmed that there’s another suspect going around the property right now,” Satterwhite said.

When asked about the theft victims that chased after the suspects, Satterwhite reminded Houstonians that it is always best to call police and avoid engagement with armed individuals.

“Property is not a reason to risk your life. We want people to be careful,” Satterwhite said. “We don’t want people to engage with armed suspects. We want them to call us… They are victims, it’s the criminals that did this.”

Satterwhite said the four suspects were all men in their 20s.

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He emphasized that HPD is taking catalytic converter thefts very seriously, noting that they believe a lot of the thefts stem from organized crime.

“The catalytic converter thefts we have going on in this city, and frankly the country, a lot of it is organized,” Satterwhite said. “It’s a huge problem and we are looking at every part of it.”

He said investigators are not only looking at theft suspects, but also individuals who are buying stolen parts.

“As a nation, we are facing some real problems right now, especially when it comes to violent crime. The police departments across the country, we are doing everything we can. We’re collaborating. We’re coordinating,” he said. “We’re just as concerned and alarmed as you are.”

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‘He will smash John Cena’s face’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager fires warning to WWE ‘steroid freaks’ chasing fight with UFC icon

Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of recently-retired UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has a warning for any pro wrestlers hoping to tempt the Russian superstar into the WWE ring, saying that they would “get beat up for real”.

Nurmagomedov, 32, stunned the mixed martial arts world last year when he revealed shortly after his successful title defence against Justin Gaethje that he was stepping away from the cage for good – a decision that Khabib has stuck firmly to despite an overwhelming campaign launched by UFC boss Dana White to convince him otherwise.

The undefeated, 29-0 Dagestani has more than a few irons in the fire to keep him busy in retirement. He is heavily involved in Russian MMA promotion Eagle Fighting Championship, as well as helping to oversee the fighting future of legions of rising stars, his cousins Usman and Umar included, and the man he hand-picked as his lightweight heir, Islam Makhachev.

Should Nurmagomedov ever have the itch to compete, one potential opportunity could come with the WWE, who have extended welcomes to the likes of boxing champions Tyson Fury and Floyd Mayweather, MMA star Ronda Rousey and others in recent years. 
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In the event of that opportunity arising, Abdelaziz has hinted that Khabib might well deviate from the script and put a beating on whoever the WWE deems unfortunate enough to pair with him.

Let’s be real, [if] any of these soft steroid freaks wanted to go ahead and have a wrestling match with Khabib and they want to get beat up for real, they know who they need to call,” Abdelaziz said to TMZ Sports.

He’ll go there and he’ll smash [WWE legend] John Cena’s face. No problem.

He’s going to go in there and smash somebody. After he’s done with them, they’ll never want to wrestle him.

“Because they understand there is levels to this. He is not going to be a friend, joking – it’s going to be real.”

Dominance MMA chief Abdelaziz also detailed Nurmagomedov’s natural ability as an MMA coach as he continues to help guide the careers of numerous fighters from Dagestan.

He’s a great coach naturally,” said Abdelaziz. “He’s a very disciplined human being. Of course, [American Kickboxing Academy coach] Javier Mendez is helping. He is the head coach. Khabib is never going to take that away from him out of respect.

But realistically, he’s just a disciplined human being. He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever seen. He’s an unbelievable coach.”

If Nurmagomedov ever follows his AKA teammate Cain Velasquez into the WWE ring, it could certainly make for must-see TV should he follow through with his manager’s warning to pull no punches in the pantomime world of ‘sports entertainment’.

We’re sure most will agree that would be a very entertaining sight indeed.
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