DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police said a 16-year-old will face a charge of capital murder for the shooting death of Leslie Baker, 59, who was found in her driveway this week.
The juvenile was one of three suspects arrested Wednesday night on the 1100 block of Deerwood Drive in South Oak Cliff after a high-speed chase. The suspects were found in a shed, police said.
Police said two handguns, one of which was the murder weapon, were found in the shed.
The suspects were under surveillance for the alleged carjacking of a business owner in Richardson the night after Baker was fatally shot in front of her home on Royalton Drive, which police said was an attempted carjacking.
Police said the teenage suspect was later tied to the Richardson incident and another one in Dallas.
Police said the suspect posted had bragged about stealing the Richardson business owner’s vehicle hours before he was tracked down.
Baker was the Director of Marketing at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery. She was well-known in the community, a beloved friend, neighbor, wife and mother of two.
“It’s pretty sick to think that juveniles have just no remorse that they would just unload a gun into a 59-year-old innocent woman sitting in her car,” Candace Evans, a nearby homeowner, said.
Police said security cameras from nearby homes were helpful identifying a car seen in the neighborhood before Baker’s death. Sources told CBS 11 News the suspects targeted random victims and their violent crime spree includes murder.
The suspect was placed in detention at the Wade Juvenile Justice Center in Dallas.
Police have not yet released further information on the other people who were arrested.