16-year-old boy arrested in fatal carjacking

Christopher Hinojos was shot numerous times

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter, csmith@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:19:48 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:01:11 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in the shooting death and carjacking of an 18-year-old man.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Friday that the suspect was charged with capital murder in the slaying of Christopher Hinojos, who died outside a home in the 300 block of Allendale Oak late Tuesday night.

During a news conference, McManus said that the suspect was among six juveniles arrested Thursday during a crime spree on Bandera Road.

“The suspects were involved in several robberies and led officers on a short chase," he said. “Detectives from homicide and robbery worked together to develop information which identified one of the suspects, a 16-year-old male, as the prime suspect in the capital murder of 18-year-old Christopher Hinojos.”

McManus said police found evidence that connects the teen to Hinojos’ murder after the group was taken into custody Thursday morning,

“We found the vehicle and what we believe to be the murder weapon during the investigation after the arrest,” he said.

McManus said that the suspect assaulted a police officer and tried to gouge the officer's eyes out during a scuffle.

The police chief said investigators believe Hinojos (pictured) and the suspect knew each other.

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

The murder was the first of the year in San Antonio.