Three Arrests in Local Car Wash Shooting


Two people were shot on Oct. 26, 2022, while sitting in this white car parked at a Kennedale car wash. | Image by NBC DFW

The Kennedale Police Department announced that three arrests have been made in connection to the death of an 18-year-old at a car wash.

On October 26, Kennedale police responded to reports of a shooting incident at around 2:50 p.m. at a car wash in the 6300 block of Treepoint Drive. Hayden Scarlato and a minor were found inside a car, both wounded. After being taken to a local hospital, the minor survived while Scarlato, from Arlington, died.

A dark-colored sedan was seen leaving the scene, according to Kennedale police, and two to three males were believed to be inside.

The first suspect arrested in connection with the shooting was 20-year-old Nicolas Luebano. He was arrested in Ellis County on November 9 for alleged capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The arrest of 17-year-old Kristopher Luebano, the second suspect whose relation to Nicolas Luebano is unknown, took place a few days later on November 15. Tarrant County said that he was also arrested for capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as an aggravated robbery charge.

Finally, 19-year-old Emmanuel Bear was taken into custody on December 31 after an arrest warrant was issued for the capital murder of Scarlato. Details about how he was arrested are not available at this point. He is facing an additional count of engaging in organized crime.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting, however.

Two young men had previously been arrested in connection to the car wash shooting — Xavier Aguilar and Sonny Ayala — but were later released and cleared of any charges.

Bear is being held at the Collin County Jail. His bail is set at $1.75 million. Kristopher Luebano and Nicolas Leubano are both being held in Tarrant County jail with bail set at $2.55 million and $1.1 million respectively.

Across the nation, Americans are worried about crime, with one survey showing that 72% think crime rates will increase. This fear is especially prevalent in Dallas, where city officials’ failure to prioritize public safety has enabled an ongoing crime wave, as The Dallas Express continues to report.

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Phillip Stoup
Phillip Stoup
22 days ago

Good catch

Reply to  Phillip Stoup
21 days ago

DON’T turn them loose!

22 days ago

Kristopher Luebano, the second suspect whose relation to Nicolas Luebano is unknown, great piece of journalism. I think I can help everyone out with how these 2 might be related! Any guesses out there!