KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 10, 2019
By Jennifer Miko
Saturday afternoon, Marina Hernandez and her daughter Samantha, 24, were running errands in Katy. They left the J.C. Penney at Grand Parkway around 3:00 pm and traveled to their Brookshire/Katy neighborhood. Neither one realized they were being followed.
The Hernandezes live about 12 miles from J.C. Penney, on a cul de sac, in a neighborhood that is currently under construction. Frequently, cars pull into the subdivision to take pictures of lots or homes being built. So, Marina Hernandez and her daughter didn’t notice the black Nissan that followed them from J.C. Penney, and parked about 300 yards from their home.
A little while later, Marina Hernandez’s husband Joel Lopez left to run an errand and passed the same vehicle parked at the end of the cul de sac. When he returned, he noticed the car was still there, with a man, alone in the driver’s seat.
Samantha Hernandez had been home for about three hours when she and a friend left the house for a family party. But the girls needed to make a stop first. Marina Hernandez and Lopez were supposed to leave much later, however, they were ready early.
“The man in the car didn’t leave until I was backing out of my driveway,” Samantha Hernandez recalled. “Joel noticed the vehicle move when we were leaving.”
Lopez and Marina Hernandez got in their car and followed too.
“I’m really glad that Joel was suspicious,” Samantha Hernandez says. “I was just telling them the day before, that we’re in a new area that nothing’s going to happen. The fact that he followed us is the scary part.”
Samantha Hernandez and her friend turned off of Pin Oak into the HEB at Main Street shopping center and went inside. Marina Hernandez and Lopez's suspicions proved true, when the man in the black sedan parked outside the HEB and followed the girls inside the store.
Getting Some Answers
Marina Hernandez tracked the man down to an aisle inside the HEB.
“He noticed my mom following him and he turned around and asked, ‘Why are you following me?’” Samantha Hernandez recount