AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three days after a man was killed in an apparent road rage shooting that ended in the parking lot of a northeast Austin CVS pharmacy, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is on the case, assisting in efforts to find the suspect.
According to an arrest warrant, Juan de Dios Carbajal-Jaimes, 18, faces a first degree murder charge. Austin police confirm the suspect is in the country illegally. The teenager is accused of shooting Alfred Lockett, 48, Tuesday afternoon after their cars apparently collided. Lockett died at the scene at the corner of East Parmer Lane and Dessau Road.
The task force checked with family members and friends of the suspect in the Austin area to see whether they are hiding him. As of Sept. 27, U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez confirmed officials are focusing their efforts on Mexico, and does not believe Carbajal-Jaimes is still in the Austin area.
“It will take a while to work through the Provisional Arrest Warrant process as we now have to work with the DA’s office to thread the needle to pursue an extradition request,” Gomez said.
KXAN spoke with the suspect’s older brother Friday over the phone since he is currently in Mexico. While he did not want to be identified, he said he doesn’t know where his brother is or why he did this. The suspect’s brother says he feels terrible for Lockett’s family and hopes they get justice.
The brother also shared a message for the victim’s family: forgive us.
Austin police identified the suspect Thursday, after finding images of him on the victim’s cell phone. Investigators found two photos taken six minutes before the first 911 calls came in about the shooting around 4:31 p.m. Data from the photographs showed they were taken approximately two miles away from the crime scene.
According to witnesses, Carbajal-Jaimes immediately fled the scene. He is not yet in custody. Officials are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. They say he is armed and dangerous.