Thieves steal truck but are forced to leave two injured suspects behind

Police say construction workers attacked, bloodied criminals with rocks

Published On: Dec 23 2012 08:12:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 23 2012 08:47:18 PM CST
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A man arriving at a job site is attacked by a group of thieves, right before Christmas.
It happened at a construction site off of Casa Blanca and North Alamo, just north of downtown.
However, construction workers on that site came to the aid of Felix Alvarez, beating the bad guys and sending one of them to the hospital.
Alvarez's stepdaughter, Angel Rodriguez, said if the workers hadn't stepped in, Alvarez's injuries could have been much worse.
"He was yelling for help," said Rodriguez. "So, they came to help him."
Rodriguez said her stepfather had just gotten back to the construction site after getting food for his workers.
That's when five men attacked him, taking $800 in cash and his red Ford F150 pick-up truck.
"When he arrived with the tacos and stuff, they told him that they were going to rob him," said Rodriguez. "They wanted his money and his wallet and his car keys and after they gave it to him, they still pursued to beat him."
Alvarez's wife, Christie Cantu said although her husband suffers from cuts and bruises to his face and body, she's glad he's alive.
"He had already given them the wallet and the keys with $800 in his wallet that he had just gotten paid," said Cantu. "But, it doesn't matter. He's alive and that's all that matters."
Rodriguez said Alvarez's workers heard what was going on and they fought back, throwing rocks at the bad guys and beating one of them so severely, he had to be taken to SAMC.
"If they need money that bad, they should try to get out there like all these other men do and work for a living," said Rodriguez. "Not just go around robbing people."
Police said as of Sunday night, one of the suspects was in the hospital, one is in custody, but three of them got away.
The three were last seen in Alvarez's truck.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 224-STOP.