Four family members charged in murder of Katy area man

By R. Hans Miller | News Editor
Posted 5/19/21

Four family members, Joe Argueta, 19, Luis Argueta, 45 Florinda Argueta, 39, and Margarito Alcantar, 29, are being charged by Harris County with murder in the death of Eddie Clark, 29, a resident of …

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Four family members charged in murder of Katy area man

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Four family members, Joe Argueta, 19, Luis Argueta, 45 Florinda Argueta, 39, and Margarito Alcantar, 29, are being charged by Harris County with murder in the death of Eddie Clark, 29, a resident of the Westminster Village subdivision, in the northeastern portion of the Katy area, according to an HCSO press release.

According to the press release, the Arguetas and Alcantar – who is an uncle to Joe Argueta – were found when deputies responded to a May 17 shooting in the 17100 block of Hilton Hollow Drive in the Westminster Village subdivision near Little York Drive. Upon arrival, they found a dark gray Dodge Challenger abandoned in the front yard of a home.

Deputies located Florinda and her son, Joe, at the scene. Florinda stated that she had filed multiple reports with HCSO regarding a person or persons damaging their home and vehicles. She indicated that the suspect was a teenage Hispanic male friend of her son’s former girlfriend that they suspected was responsible for the damage. In those reports, a black Dodge Charger was listed as the possible suspect vehicle. The Arguetas said that at about 11:30 p.m., Joe had spotted what he believed was the suspect vehicle driving in the neighborhood and the family had blocked in Clark’s gray Challenger with their own vehicles. Luis, armed with a pistol, and Alcantar, carrying a baseball bat, then approached the vehicle to confront the driver.

When Clark attempted to flee, Luis fired at the vehicle, striking it multiple times according to the HCSO press release. Clark was found by deputies outside of the vehicle and was found to have been shot. He was treated by Cy-Fair EMS at the scene and then sent via Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Clark was not known by the Arguetas and HCSO has received no indications that he was involved in the ongoing dispute between the family and Joe’s ex-girlfriend’s acquaintances.

Luis and Alcantar fled the scene before law enforcement’s arrival. Florinda was questioned at the scene and then released. Joe was arrested at the scene and transported to HCSO offices where he spoke with HCSO Homicide Unit investigators and provided a statement.

Joe Argueta is currently in custody and being held on $50,000 bond with a court date set for Thursday, May 20. Luis Argueta, Margarito Alcantar and Florinda Argueta remain at large and are wanted for murder after a review of nearby surveillance camera footage and witness statements led investigators to seek charges against them.

If anyone has any information regarding the investigation or the location of any of the wanted subjects, they are asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.