Hitchhiker carjacks Good Samaritans in Starr County

Jesse Gonzalez // Rio Grande City Police Department Photo

A man is behind bars after being accused of carjacking a brother and sister who gave him a ride.

It all happened on FM 3167 near the intersection of Eisenhower St. in Rio Grande City just before 8 a.m. Sunday.

Rio Grande City Police told Action 4 News that a man and his sister were in a 2007 Tahoe when they saw a man hitchhiking and offered him a ride.

The man identified as Jesse Gonzalez, Jr. got into the vehicle, allegedly wrapped his face with a white T-shirt then pulled a handgun on the two Good Samaritans.

The male victim and Gonzalez got into a struggle over the gun that went off shooting Gonzalez in the knee.

Authorities said the man and his sister were forced out of the Tahoe while Gonzalez got away with the truck.

The stolen truck was seen heading westbound on Highway 83 and police pulled the vehicle over around 3 p.m. that same day.

Another man was driving the car while Gonzalez was the passenger.

According to police, Gonzalez confessed to the carjacking and is expected face a judge on an aggravated robbery charge on Tuesday.

The other man in the car with Gonzalez was released because he was not involved in the carjacking.