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Jan 26, 2014 11:16 PM by Heather Jackson

Aransas Pass Carjacking Causes Three Accidents

PORTLAND - This horrific event started in Aransas Pass but ended up in Portland. The carjacking caused three car accidents.

We spoke to three victims that experienced this entire ordeal, to help us piece the story together so we can tell you it, from beginning to end.

For 19-year-old Gilbert Sifuentes it was a normal work day. On his route as a merchandiser for Coca Cola, he stopped at the Walmart on West Wheeler Avenue in Aransas Pass.

Once he parked, he tried to open his door, but was startled.

"It slammed shut on me. Then it opened again and the guy pulled out a knife and put it to my ribs, and told me to start the car," Sifuentes remembers.

Sifuentes says he did as he was told and grabbed his keys. But because he was nervous, he accidently dropped them on his lap.

That's when the suspect acted swiftly.

"He grabbed them out of my lap. And he started screaming at me yelling at me you know? 'Which one starts the car, which one starts the car?!'" Sifuentes repeats.

Sifuentes says he pointed to the key with the Dodge symbol.

Once the suspect got what he wanted, he started yelling again.

"He's like 'Get out of the car, start walking right now'. I was like ok man whatever you want, you know?" Sifuentes remembers.

Sifuentes says the suspect peeled out of the parking lot in his black 2004 Dodge Dakota.

Sifuentes quickly called police.

Within minutes Gregory PD spotted the car headed to Portland on 181. That's when the chase began.

"The suspect apparently collided with another vehicle. Jumped out, sounds like he carjacked another vehicle and then he took off in that car," The Portland Police Chief explains.

But shortly after, he hit this woman's truck who was in the car with her two teenagers, waiting at a stop sign at Starlight and Denver street.

"I could see him coming and he wasn't stopping and I just didn't know which way to turn. I just went to try and get out of his way, and that is when he side swiped us," Carla Baird says.

After the suspect hit her and her children, he apparently tried speeding off but did not get too far when he hit a homeowner's parked truck.

"I'm in a bad spot ahah," Ruby Cortez, a Portland Resident laughs.

She's laughing because this is not the first time this her truck was hit during a chase.

"I got it fixed a few months ago. Same thing. Someone was trying to get away from cops, hits it...same spot," Cortez says.

After her car was hit this time, the suspect tried again to hijack a car but was unsuccessful so he fled.

But police were able to catch him.

Sifuentes is glad the suspect is caught, but the carjacking steal leaves him hopeless.

"The part that's got me stunned the most is that my birthday is tomorrow and I am getting married pretty soon and all this happens. It's like you know, *breathes deeply* where do I go from here?" Sifuentes asks.

Luckily, Sifuentes says he is fully insured. As for the other victims, there are no reported injuries.

As for the suspect, he is facing two counts of robbery, evading arrest and leaving the scene of several incidents. Those are just charges from Portland.

Aransas Pass and Gregory police may have charges of their own.

The suspect is identified as 44-year-old Travis Warren.


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