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On the morning of Thursday, Jan. 17,officers arrested a 16-year-old male for the carjacking and fatal shooting of18-year-old Christopher Hinojos that occurred in the Maverick Creekneighborhood near UTSA on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

“Nobody wins. This is a tragic story nomatter how you look at it,” Stephen Enriquez, Hinojos’ stepfather, told KENS 5.“But, ultimately, I believe that justice will be done.”

San Antonio Police Chief William McManussaid in a press conference Friday that the suspect would be charged withcapital murder.

Neighbors reported that around 11 p.m.,they heard Hinojos yelling that someone was stealing his brown 2001 ToyotaCamry. The suspect allegedly shot Hinojos in the hand as the victim opened thedriver’s side door in a struggle to stop the suspect from taking the vehicle, thepolice report stated.

The suspect drove off, but did not makeit far before he decided to turn around. As Hinojos knocked on one neighbor’sdoor for help, the suspect got out of the car and allegedly shot the victimmultiple times.

Hinojos died on the porch of a home onthe 300 block of Allendale Oak at around 11:15 p.m.

Police said that the victim might have known his killer, whose name will not bereleased because of his age.

“It was not a random act of violence,”McManus said. “You don’t wake up one morning and commit a murder.”

The suspect was among six teens who werearrested for several robberies on Bandera Road. The teenager allegedly assaultedthe arresting officer and attempted to gouge his eyes out, McManus stated inFriday’s press conference.

“The fact that this individual is brazen enoughthat he tried to gouge out the officer’s eyes shows you what kind of individualwe’re dealing with,” McManus said.

Hinojos’ murder is among many violentcrimes in the area.

In October, San Antonio Police respondedto two armed robberies in three days at the Outpost apartments on UTSA Blvd.One week earlier, Charles Duoto was robbed and shot in the chest while walkingto his apartment at the Outpost. He was rushed to University Hospital incritical condition.

Although the cases remain unresolved, theSan Antonio Police Department has not ignored the remarkable surge of criminalactivity near UTSA. McManus stated that they are “aware of these crimes.” Hebelieves, however, that these recent arrests will curb much of the violence inthe university area.

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