Kidnappers slashed Othon Maldonado’s throat as he tried to stop them from abducting his pregnant wife in a Whataburger parking lot around 1 am on December 18.
Maldonado and his wife made a breakfast stop in Houston, Texas when he was attacked by two men armed with knives and brandishing a gun
The suspects robbed Maldonado of his wallet and cellphone and then tried to take his wife in a Whataburger parking lot
When they tried to pull her into their car, Maldonado began fighting
He had his throat slashed and received stab wounds on his head and hands
Houston police are on the lookout for the men, said to be Hispanic, one of whom had a distinctive tattoo
Maldonado helped police create a sketch one suspect, allegedly 30 to 35-years-old, about 5ft 7in and 5ft 10in, weighing 250 pounds with ‘Houston’ tattooed on his arm
Othon Maldonado was robbed at gunpoint and then the suspects slit his throat when he foiled their attempted to kidnap his pregnant wife on Dec 18 in Houston, Texas
A man who valiantly defended his wife and the life of his unborn child is lying critically injured in a Houston area hospital after two men slit his throat during a robbery and attempted kidnapping. The incident happened outside a Whataburger restaurant in Houston.
Othon Maldonado had his neck slashed and was stabbed in the hands and neck after the suspects tried to kidnap his wife, Sandra Martinez at around 1am on December 18.
The pair had made a quick stop to grab an early breakfast, but just as they got out of their car, two Hispanic men came towards them with a gun.
As the suspect approached Maldonado, he then held a knife to his neck, ordering him to hand over his wallet and cellphone.
Maldonado complied with the robber’s demands fearing for his own life and that of his pregnant wife, but the demands did not stop. – The two suspects then instructed Maldonado’s wife to come with them and attempted to snatch her into their black car.
Police sketch of one of the robbery and kidnap suspects
The second suspect is also reportedly between 30 to 35-years-old, between five feet seven and ten inches tall, weighs 160 to 220 pounds with short hair.
‘It’s simply not an option’ – Maldonado risked his life to save his pregnant wife, Sandra Martinez, [photo], who ended up being dragged by the suspects into their car during the attempted kidnapping, before her husband’s heroic stance
Maldonado’ pregnant wife, Sandra Martinez, ended up being dragged by the suspects into their car during the attempted kidnapping but her husband managed to pull her free
Maldonado stood telling the suspects that it was simply not an option and that they could not leave with her.
A struggle then broke out as the men tried to drag her into the car and one of the men whipped out a knife, slitting Maldonado’s throat.
As he fell to the ground, both suspects kicked him in the face before making a getaway in their car.
The men left Maldonado with him gushing blood in the parking lot according to the Houston Chronicle.
The robbery, attempted kidnapping and murder happened in the parking lot of this Houston Whataburger on December 18th just after 1 am
Maldonado’s life in all probability was only saved by the quick-thinking actions of his wife, police said. Martinez quickly loaded her husband into the back of their truck and rushed him to hospital.
The men haven’t been seen since the attack but detectives are hoping someone will recognize the man in the composite drawing before the attackers strike again.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or charging of suspects involving in the incident.
‘On a threat scale of one to ten, I’d say this guy is a ten. He’s just about as dangerous as they get.’ Houston Police Robbery Detective Jeff Brieden told Click2Houston.
‘On a threat scale of one to ten, I’d say this guy is a ten. He’s just about as dangerous as they get.’ Brieden said.
‘He cut him up really bad. Which tells me it wouldn’t have bothered this guy one bit if he had killed him.’
Both suspects are said to be Hispanic males aged between 30 and 35-years-old. Bothe men are between five feet seven and ten inches.