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Pasadena teen accused of killing man while driving stolen car expected in court

February 19, 2019

A Pasadena teenager who is accused of crashing a stolen car and killing another motorist earlier this month is expected in court Tuesday, where prosecutors are arguing for a high bond to keep him in jail to protect public safety. Prosecutors said in court records that it is the third time the youthful motorist has caused a wreck in a stolen car.

Jared Trevino, an 18-year-old who according to court records has autism and ADHD, is charged with felony murder. He is accused of running a stop light in a stolen car on February 3 and killing Lorenzo Gomez after smashing into his car. Trevino is expected to appear before state District Judge Chris Morton.

Trevino’s attorney, Joe Vinas, said he’s still investigating the allegations.

“He’s got no criminal convictions,” Vinas said. “The state wants to hold him at, in my opinion, an unconstitutional and impermissibly high bond.”

Trevino is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s pickup truck on Feb. 3, using the garage door opener to get into the man’s home. Once inside, Trevino allegedly took the keys to a Honda Accord and fled in the sedan, court records show.

The teen is accused of running the red light at the corner of Spencer Highway and Preston Rd, colliding with a Cadillac Deville driven by Gomez. He was transported to the hospital with a fractured skull that caused a brain bleed, and found to be brain dead. Gomez died three days later.

The wreck is the second time Trevino allegedly stole the same Honda from his neighbor. The first incident was in December 2017, and after stealing the Honda he crashed into a trailer at a red light, according to court records. After that arrest, court records show, his mother told police he has autism and takes medication for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. She also told investigators that he has a history of taking cars when the keys are available.

In November 2017, Trevino also allegedly stole a Nissan Sentra from one of his mother’s employees while it was parked in Trevino’s driveway. He is accused of crashing that car into a woman’s Silverado pickup truck, fleeing that scene and crashing into a man’s Ford Ranger truck.

Felony murder is the crime of causing a death while committing another felony, in this case stealing a car. If convicted, Trevino faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

brian.rogers@chron.com

Brian Rogers covers Houston crime and courts. You can email him at brian.rogers@chron.com and follow him on Twitter at @brianjrogers.