Man suspected of robbing, shooting North Side restaurant owner identified

Noah Martinez, 18, faces multiple charges, including aggravated robbery

SAN ANTONIO – Noah Martinez, 18, is accused of shooting and wounding a North Side restaurant owner early Thursday during an attempted robbery, San Antonio police said.

In a preliminary police report, officers said Martinez, at first, approached Vilay Srysleumsouk, 49, outside Tokyo Steak House shortly after midnight. 

The report said she told officers that Martinez pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse and car.

The woman put up a struggle and was able to go back inside the restaurant in the 9400 block of San Pedro Avenue. She then told her husband what had happened, and he ran outside where he confronted the suspect sitting in his wife's car, police said.

Officers at the scene said that Kampu Srysleumsouk,  who turned 56 Wednesday, also got involved in a struggle and was wounded in the thigh when the gun went off. The preliminary report makes no mention of the struggle.

The restaurant owner was in stable condition when he was transported to a hospital and should survive, police said. 

Officers launched a search for Martinez in an apartment complex across the street.

"There were cops all over. Helicopters real low," an apartment complex resident said. "People were screaming out in the front building."

The apartment resident said he saw the commotion after waking up to what sounded like a bang from a shotgun.

Police found Martinez hiding at the complex.

Martinez was arrested on several charges, including aggravated robbery.


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