Houston, Texas (KTRK) – It took months to get arrested in a high-profile murder case involving an 18-year-old who died while protecting his mother from thieves, but it seems the family’s five-year wait for justice may be in vain.
Let’s take you back to February 22, 2017, the Subway Restaurant located off the Gulf Freeway and across the Loop. Javier Flores and his mother, Hilda Vasquez, were wrapping up a night shift at the sandwich shop that became a mentor to commuters while driving home in the afternoon.
At the same time, according to investigators, two people will end up stopping the subway in the area, including the one who works for Flores and Vasquez.
The video above is from a timeline detailing a file Flores murder case in 2017.
Armed robbers entered the store, and one of them pointed his gun at Vasquez, who then pushed his son out of the way, then shot him in the neck.
The attackers take off, and Vasquez’s baby collapses to the ground, bleeding. Emergency responders were called, and Flores was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Since that night, the teen’s family has been front and center of the audience, knowing that the people who cut the young man’s life out are still there.
And then, a breakthrough occurred.
Almost three months later, on May 4, Jeffrey Archangel was charged with murder. He was 25 at the time and had actually been behind bars the previous month in connection with another subway robbery on the same night that Flores died. This was the time when his name first became known to murder investigators.
He vowed this crime, so the authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, which the Archangel will respond to give up after a day.
Police said projectiles, a witness and other evidence linked the archangel to Flores’ death.
It all happened within a few months, but the case was still on trial as of last week.
A 337th District Court document stated that the charges against the Archangel were dismissed for “loss of a witness”.
A few years ago, Eyewitness News cameras captured the tears, pain and grief of a family who had lost someone through a heroic act.
“I want justice,” Vasquez said in May 2017. “They have to pay. He took my son’s life. They’re supposed to get what they deserve.”
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