Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Tuesday that 24-year-old Ivan Suarez, 33-year-old Nathan Rhodes and 24-year-old Mario Segura were charged for their alleged involvement in the robbery of a gas station customer and stabbing of a homeless man who tried to intervene.
Update to yesterday’s scene on East Fwy: three individuals have been charged with Agg. Assault & Agg. Robbery. Ivan Suarez (1-1-97), Nathan Rhodes (7-16-88), Mario Segura (1-9-97). Suarez & Rhodes are in custody. Great work by our Violent Crimes Investigative team. #HouNews https://t.co/EhRwQSyu6M— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) November 16, 2021
Also on Tuesday, Eyewitness News obtained surveillance video footage showing the incident that led to the stabbing. You can view the scene in the video player above.
The incident took place Monday evening outside of a gas station at 15799 East Freeway near Sheldon Road.
According to the sheriff's office, three men in a red SUV were out of gas and targeted another man who was fueling up. The confrontation escalated and the suspects pulled out their knives, deputies said. The good Samaritan grabbed a machete and tried to intervene.
"He was across the street. He came and tried to help the guy getting robbed and that's when the other guys got him, three against one," described Roberto Diaz, who witnessed some of the incident from the taco truck in the parking lot where he works. "I saw a machete and a couple of knives and pretty sure he got stabbed really bad."
The good Samaritan, in his early 40s, was stabbed multiple times and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to deputies. Two people - Rhodes and Suarez - are in custody.
A search for Segura is underway. The sheriff's office described him as 5 feet 5 inches and 145 pounds, who is also believed to be homeless.
Lt. Paul Bruce of HCSO said the victim's only mistake was that he wanted to help.
"We don't recommend that people take action upon themselves. We're trained and of course, he may lose his life for coming to the aid of someone else."
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