Restaurateur Sylvia Casares recovering after being shot by ex-boyfriend, who's been arrested

March 15, 2012 4:22:42 PM PDT
A man who authorities say shot a well-known Houston restaurateur has been arrested in Fort Bend County.

The suspect, who investigators say had been considered armed and dangerous, was arrested by sheriff's deputies and a Texas Ranger Thursday afternoon at a Rosenberg motel. Michael Warren, 58, is charged with aggravated assault.

On Monday night, the Ft. Bend Co. Sheriff's Office says Houston restaurateur Sylvia Casares was wounded after being shot by her ex-boyfriend. Investigators say it happened at Casares' residence in Fulshear.

Years of success at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen earned Casares an Eyewitness News profile in 2007 and recognition from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

"She has worked very hard to be where she is today. And we just wish her well," said Dr. Laura Murillo with the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Investigators say at around 9pm on March 12, an argument erupted between Casares and her ex-boyfriend, Michael Warren, at her home in the 1400 block of Foster Lake in Fulshear. She was shot at least once and taken by air ambulance to a local hospital. Warren was seen leaving her residence in a black 2004 GMC Yukon with licence plate 42M-VT1.

Casares, well known in the Houston restaurant scene, underwent surgery after the shooting.

"I think that the lesson here is that domestic violence and these types of things happen to and can happen to anyone," said Dr. Murillo.

Casares is in stable condition in a Houston hospital. She is recovering as family members run day-to-day operations of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen.

"We're just sorry to hear that she recently undergone this tragedy, but she has that can do spirit. We know that she'll recuperate and do just fine," Dr. Murillo said.

The manhunt stretched all the way to Lafayette, Louisiana, the suspect's hometown, but ended Thursday afternoon when Warren was arrested at the Palace Inn at Highway 59 near the intersection of FM 2218 in Rosenberg. The arrest occurred without incident.

Officials say they recovered Warren's vehicle in the parking lot of a Lafayette hospital Thursday afternoon. The suspect apparently was returned to Fort Bend County by a relative.

Warren is in the Fort Bend County Jail with a $100,000 bond.