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Two Arrested After Fatal Shooting of Dealership Owner


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The Arlington Police Department said it arrested two people in connection to the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old man.

Arlington PD officers responded to a shooting call on May 16 at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Alexis Avenue. The victim, 52-year-old Adel Elhindawi, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He died from his injuries on May 19.

Arlington police arrested 31-year-old Brian Espy and 24-year-old Quyanna Massie in connection to the shooting.

Investigators said Espy bought a vehicle from Salem Autos, a company owned by the victim. While the suspect’s car was being serviced, Elhindawi loaned him another.

When Espy failed to return the loaned car on the agreed date, Elhindawi and one of his employees drove to the apartment complex on May 16 to retrieve the Jeep.

Elhindawi’s employee told investigators that he and the victim got into the Jeep using a spare key before Espy allegedly ran towards them holding a gun. The suspect then reportedly fired several shots in their direction.

Police said the employee drove the repossessed car out of the apartment complex and waited for Elhindawi around the corner.

Espy allegedly fired multiple shots at Elhindawi, striking and critically injuring him as he tried to leave the apartment complex.

Police said Espy got into another car, driven by Massie, and pulled up near the employee who was waiting for Elhindawi around the corner. Investigators added that Espy reportedly pointed a gun at the employee and demanded he get out of the car.

After the employee complied with his demand, Espy allegedly got into the car and drove off while Massie followed him in the other vehicle.

Arlington police arrested Espy on May 18 and initially charged him with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated robbery.

After Arlington PD received notice from hospital staff that Elhindawi had died, Espy’s charge was upgraded to capital murder.

Officers also arrested Massie on May 19 and booked her into the Arlington City jail on one count of aggravated robbery.

“For somebody to do this to a loving person who was doing a favor who was helping them out who was going above and beyond to help them out. Give them a car when they needed a car. For them to do this to him, it’s senseless,” said Damien Espinoza, an employee at Salem Autos.

It is not clear if Espy and Massie have legal representation.      

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