Arlene Alvarez: Family of robbery victim accused of shooting dead 9-year-old recalls night of robbery in southeast Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The manhunt continues to find the robbery suspect who caused the chain of events that killed a 9-year-old girl. Now, the family of the robbery victim who caused the young girl’s death have shared his story after he accidentally shot her instead of the alleged robber.

On Monday, Tony Earls sat with his family and attorney as they recalled the night of the southeast Houston shooting that left Arlene Alvarez dead.

“On behalf of my wife and I, I would first like to send my sincere condolences to the Alvarez family. The pain of losing a child is something no one can go through,” Earls’ wife, Deyonna Hines, said. “As parents of six children, we understand the unconditional love you have for your children and your desire to protect them from this world. My husband also felt the desire to protect us at night. We were robbed with guns that day.”

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In her narration, Hines recalls the tragic night and the Earls doing what she could to protect them when she said they didn’t know if they would get out of the situation alive.

Hines said: “We understand and support the Alvarez family in their quest for justice. “The lives of two families have been forever changed by the bad decisions of a man who still roams the streets.”

The shooting happened on the night of February 14, when Arlene and her family went to buy pizza for Valentine’s Day. The family planned to stop at Chase Bank in the 2900 block of Woodridge Drive en route to deposit money, according to Armando, her father.

As they approached the bank in their Ford F250 truck, Armando said they saw a man, later identified as Earls, being robbed with a gun at the ATM. The robbery suspect fled and police say Earls shot the unidentified suspect. Police believe Earls thought the suspect got into the Alvarez family’s truck as they drove by and fired several times at them.

During Monday’s press conference, Earls attorney Brennan Dunn reiterated the sequence of events.

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That night, Earls and Hines went to an ATM to get money for groceries. According to Dunn, while at the ATM, the suspect robbed Earls and Hines, pointed a gun at Hines’ head and demanded money.

During the robbery, the suspect asked for Earls’ car keys, which Earls obeyed, but the suspect threw them out. As the suspect started to walk away, Earls got out of the car to get his keys and the robber began shooting at him, Dunn said.

Dunn added that the robbery suspect, in this case, yelled for someone to come get him, and that’s why he thinks Alvarez’s car is linked to the suspect.

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“During this interaction, there was a slow-moving car that Earls could see. At some point, it was ironic that this person yelled, ‘I’ll pick you up’ and shot that this car driving slowly at the same time,” Dunn said. “Earls believes it was part of a similar act by the robber. At that part, they got back into the car, tried to drive away and the car they saw earlier started backing up. room, Earls got out of his car trying to defend himself and his wife and shot at that car – twice I believe – the car then sped forward.”

Dunn said that the two shots fired in defense were the ones that hit Arlene. Dunn added that Earls was devastated by what happened.

At this point, an investigation continues to find more information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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