AUSTIN (KXAN) — Another suspect faces charges after a woman whose home was broken into was dragged hundreds of feet by their fleeing car and broke her legs.
Analicia Estrada’s family spoke to KXAN after it happened, saying she confronted a burglar. Steven Ray Rodriguez, 18, faces an aggravated assault with a motor vehicle charge and a burglary of a residence charge. A 17-year-old, Jeremiah Hernandez, was charged with burglary and evading arrest, and will be tried as an adult, officials say.
Police say they arrived at Estrada’s home on the 13200 block of Lipton Loop Drive Jan. 10 while the burglary was happening. Two people were in the house, while another was driving a black Nissan getaway car, according to an affidavit. Police chased the two people and caught one, but the other and the driver got away.
Meanwhile, Estrada’s security company had called her. After checking with family to see if it was a false alarm, she headed home, calling 911, her son and neighbors. Surveillance video showed multiple armed people in the home, family said afterward.
Someone told her to look out for the Nissan, and she saw one driving away from the direction of her home, so she followed, according to an affidavit. When it pulled over, she did, too, and the boy got out.
“She told the boy that she was sorry but that her house had been broken into,” according to an affidavit. “Officers arrived on scene and she told them they were good and waved him off.”
That’s when the boy popped the trunk and she saw shoes that belonged to her and guns that did not, according to an affidavit. Her family says her memory of what happened next is a bit fuzzy, but she told police the boy got back in the car and took off, and “she thinks she held onto the car or the door handle.”
“It felt like she was flying,” the affidavit said.
The officers at her home heard of a collision about a mile away on Pearce Lane and found Estrada there. Witnesses said she hit a retainer wall over the creek and fell off. The witnesses got the car’s license plate and police tracked it to Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is not in custody, according to jail records, but Hernandez is in the Travis County Jail as of Wednesday. It’s not known if the third person is in custody.