Three Suspects Arrested In Summer Carjacking and Shooting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/23/08

Three Suspects Arrested In Summer Carjacking and Shooting

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept. Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept.

He was shot at and his car was stolen. Now the Texas Tech Sophomore speaks out. Police arrested 18-year-old  Adam Soto Wednesday afternoon. Soon after Soto's arrest, detectives also took 18-year-old Matthew Gonzales along with 19-year-old Andrew Ramirez into custody. Police charged all three of them with attempted capital murder for a carjacking and shooting in the 4800 block of Kemper Street back in July.

All three teenage suspects are now behind bars at the Lubbock County Jail each on a $250,000 bond. Police allege more than three months ago they took part in a carjacking and shooting, which put 20-year-old Donald Adkins in the hospital.

It's been just over three months since that terrible summer night. However, 20-year old Adkins still walks with small painful reminders.

"The neck and the chest, like all over my chest. I have bullets in my gums. Police responded here to the 4600 block of Kemper Street near Centennial Elementary School just before 1 a.m. on the morning of July 18.

"They shot through the windshield and it kinda hit me and sprayed me and I got out of the car and ran," Adkins said. Adkins tells NewsChannel 11, he ran to his girlfriend's car, fled the scene and went to the hospital. Police say the suspects stole Adkins car. The same car, Adkins says the couple was chatting in when a red truck with several Hispanic males rolled by.

"Basically they demanded what I had. And I guess I kinda got down to put the car in reverse and I guess they thought I might have been reaching for a gun," Adkins said.

Adkins was shot several times with pellets from a shotgun. Detective Rey Martinez with the Lubbock Police Department has investigated the case for the last several months.

"One of the Hispanic males in the back of the truck was holding a shot gun and pointing it at the victim," Martinez said.

Police recovered Adkins' 1980 burnt orange Pontiac Bonneville in the alley behind the Tech Inn just a day after the shooting. Adkins says it had been stripped of nearly everything, including the chrome wheels. However, about a month and a half ago detectives located the wheels.

"At a local tire shop, they were on display for sale," Martinez said.

Martinez says this is a drug related crime. However, it is not because of Adkins' involvement in the illegal world.

"Drug users committing crimes to buy drugs or to get property or money to trade for drugs, and then it becomes drug related," Martinez said.

"I guess it was just kinda being at the wrong place at the wrong time, because it was not drug related. I didn't owe them any money," Adkins said.

NewsChannel 11 was told a juvenile is also expected to be arrested in this case. But the investigation doesn't end there. Martinez says the suspects are connected to other shootings, robberies, home invasions, car burglaries and home burglaries across the Hub city. He tells more charges are likely to follow.

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