Heights HS shooting suspect

A Heights High School student was shot May 12 in the student parking lot. Houston ISD said five people are suspected to have been involved in the shooting, with 17-year-old Alex Owiesy, shown in his booking shot, having been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Photo by Adam Zuvanich)

A 17-year-old boy accused of shooting a Heights High School student in a campus parking lot last week also faces two aggravated robbery charges from March, when he is alleged to have fired gunshots at two other students and one of their stepfathers during a vehicular pursuit.

Alex Owiesy was arrested May 13 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, along with misdemeanor unlawful carrying of a weapon after police allegedly found a gun in his vehicle, according to Harris County court documents. Owiesy also has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, stemming from a March 7 incident near the Heights campus. Court records show he remained in jail as of Tuesday, with a total bond amount of $210,000 for the four charges.

The male student who was shot May 12 was transported to Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, according to court records, which show that a bullet entered his right hand and was lodged in his right wrist. The student’s girlfriend told police she saw Owiesy on campus before the shooting, and that Owiesy and her boyfriend had argued one day earlier about a milkshake being thrown at her boyfriend’s vehicle, court documents show.

A Houston ISD spokesperson said he could not confirm or deny whether Owiesy is a student at Heights or another school in the district, citing a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. In the probable cause affidavits filed with the aggravated robbery charges from March, the student victims referred to Owiesy and three passengers in the black Volkswagen sedan he allegedly was driving as “classmates.”

Court documents show that if Owiesy is released from jail on bond, he must wear a GPS monitor and stay at least 200 feet away from Heights High School, located at 413 E. 13th St., and all other HISD properties. 

The HISD spokesperson said four other people are suspected of being involved in the May 12 shooting in the student parking lot, although no other arrests had been made as of Monday.

Court records show that the student who was shot was returning to campus from lunch along with his girlfriend and two other friends when a black Volkswagen Passat pulled in front of his vehicle, and the shooter got out and tapped on the victim’s window with a gun, asking him to get out of his car. Multiple rounds were fired into the vehicle when the student attempted to drive off, according to court documents, which show that police retrieved eight 9mm shell casings from the campus parking lot.

Two other students were walking back to school from a convenience store on the afternoon of March 7 when a black Volkswagen sedan allegedly driven by Owiesy passed by them multiple times and stopped in the 1300 block of Arlington Street, where three passengers got out and confronted the two students who were walking, according to court records. A physical fight ensued, with one of the students sustaining a fractured arm, and the passengers stole the students’ backpacks before getting back into the sedan, court documents show.

The stepfather of one of the students picked them up from that location, spotted the black Volkswagen in the area and followed it while calling police, according to court records, which show that Owiesy and one of his passengers are alleged to have fired multiple gunshots at the stepfather’s vehicle while they were driving.

Two of the passengers of the Volkswagen, identified as juveniles in court documents, were arrested the following day and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Court records show that arrest warrants with aggravated robbery charges against Owiesy were not signed until about eight hours after his May 13 arrest in connection to the shooting.

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