Two years ago a Somali taxi driver was found shot dead, and now police have said they arrested his suspected killer.
Baldemar Hinojoza Jr., 44, was taken into custody Oct. 29 and charged with capital murder in connection to the death of Aadam Ugaas Xirsi. Windcrest police said Hinojoza had been on the run since January 2019.
“We have had an active murder warrant on this person for sometime now but he had eluded capture,” The Windcrest Police Department said in a statement. “Finally!”
Authorities responded to the parking lot of a Texas Thrift Store off of Interstate 35, near Loop 410, for a report of a shooting on Jan. 17, 2019.
Officers reportedly found Xirsi in the driver's seat of his yellow cab minivan, with the door open, and the driver's door window shattered, "as if a bullet had been shot through the glass." Officers said they found a 9mm shell casing and a gray beanie-style cap near the vehicle.
Xirsi was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KSAT News.
Police said Hinojoza and a second suspect went to the parking lot that morning with the intent to rob Xirsi at gunpoint.
Authorities said a beanie had DNA from a man who told police "he knew who killed Xirsi and pointed the finger at Hinojoza and another man." The informant also told police that the second person involved in Xirsi's killing was also responsible for another shooting, though further details were limited, according to KSAT.
Friends of Xirsi previously told KSAT that he came to the U.S. from Somalia, and he left behind three children and a wife at the time of his death.