Man sought in violent robbery says he's innocent

February 8, 2011 6:47:23 AM PST
A man in the middle of a high-profile crime has turned himself into police after being accused of another violent crime. He went before a judge early this morning. Joaquin Carlon, 22, has been wanted for several days. We were there when he finally turned himself in on Monday night.

We've been told police raided several homes since last week looking for the Carlon. He knew he was wanted and chose to turn himself in at the Harris County Jail.

Members of the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force were waiting for Carlon as he turned himself in. On Monday night, the arrest was easy, though police had been looking for him since last Wednesday.

"You've been charged for about a week. How come you didn't turn yourself in earlier?" we asked Carlon.

"Trying to grieve with my family over the loss of my brother," he replied.

It was two weeks ago when an Humble police officer shot and killed Carlon's brother, Esteban, in the parking lot of Deerbook Mall. Investigators say both brothers were there that day, breaking into parked cars when officers spotted them. As they were fleeing, one officer banged his gun against their window and it accidentally fired, killing Esteban.

But police said the brothers had been on their radar since the day before, when two men were caught on surveillance cameras at a Wal-Mart just down the street stealing a car and running over an innocent woman and her husband who were in their way. The wife has a broken arm and both sustained broken legs.

"The defendant put the vehicle in reverse and dragged the complainant back into another vehicle, shattering her right arm and breaking her right leg," said the probable court clerk. "The second complainant, the male came to his wife's aide and tried to put the vehicle in park."

As he walked to jail on Monday night, Carlon denied the allegations.

"The reason that I'm here is to try and resolve it," he said. "All will come to light. Just give it time."

Carlon already has faced a judge in the mall incident. The charge is stealing a car. Now he'll face one again on a more serious charge for what happened at Wal-Mart.

Carlon was with his brother in both crimes, according to police. But on Monday night, he entered the jail all alone.

"I'm just gonna do whatever necessary to get this out of the way, just focus on my brother," Carlon said.

After Carlon's big brother was killed by the Humble police officer, he said he wanted to turn his life around. That was before he was linked to the Walmart robbery, for which he's been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

He also has a previous violent robbery conviction, as well as two auto theft charges.

Carlon is now charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set for a $100,000. He did request a court appointed attorney.