UPDATE: April 18, 2014 @ 20:00
Dallas police announce the arrest of two suspects in the murder of Ethan Vasquez who was killed in a hit and run collision on April 15, 2014 in Dallas. Dagoberto Castanon L/M 10-07-1988 and Rogelio Avila L/M 4-14-1990 were arrested a short time ago in North Ft. Myers, Florida by U.S. Marshals.
The investigation revealed that following the fatal collision, a cell phone believed to belong to Castanon was found in the suspect vehicle. That phone led detectives to a girlfriend.
The girlfriend advised that on the morning of the collision, Castanon arrived at her home with cuts to his head and stated that he and Rogelio Avila had been in a stolen van and had been in a collision. The girlfriend then drove Castanon to Avila’s house and dropped him off.
At about 7:00pm Texas time, Dallas police were notified that the pair had been located and arrested in North Ft. Myers, Florida.
UPDATE: 04-17-2014 @17:00
Dallas police announced that they are looking for a person of interest in connection with this case. Police are searching for Dagoberto Castanon L/M 10-07-1988. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or Dallas Police Homicide detectives at 214-671-3661.
UPDATE: 04-15-2014 @ 16:30
Oak Farms Dairy announces that they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s) involved in this Capital Murder offense.
At about 8:15 this morning, Highland Park police became involved in a pursuit of a minivan that entered the city limits of Dallas. Highland Park terminated the pursuit however the suspect vehicle was subsequently involved in a collision.
A witness was stopped facing southbound at the stop sign on Homer St. at Monticello Ave. and observed the suspect vehicle run the stop sign and collide with a vehicle being driven by Mrs. Sandy Vasquez L/F 40yrs old, which was westbound on Monticello Ave. Her son, Ethan Vasquez L/M 13yrs old, was a passenger in the vehicle.
Because of the impact, Mrs. Vasquez’s vehicle also collided with the witness’ vehicle. When the witness attempted to attend to the victim, the suspect or suspects fled on foot.
Mrs. Vasquez and her son were taken to Baylor Hospital. Ethan Vasquez was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival and Mrs. Vasquez remains in critical condition.
A check of the suspect vehicle indicates that it was reported stolen in late March. We currently do not have a suspect description to release and there were no suspects on the report listing the suspect vehicle as stolen. Because the suspects were in the act of committing a felony at the time of the collision, homicide detectives with the Dallas Police Department are investigating this as a Capital Murder offense.
Detectives believe that there are additional people who saw the suspects flee the scene. Additional potential witnesses were visible on in-car video obtained from Highland Park police vehicles. Anyone with information is asked to call Dallas police homicide detectives at 214.671.3661.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment of the people responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 214.373.TIPS (8477).
Related police case numbers: 89107-B Collision Report / 89108-B Murder / 71320-B Stolen Vehicle Report