Texas father charged with capital murder after being accused of driving his teenage son to a convenience store where he allegedly killed three people can be seen with a broad smile and little remorse on his face in a recently released passport photo .
Richard Acosta, 33, is being held on $ 1 million bail as police continue to search for his son Abel Elias Acosta, 14, who is accused of shooting three teenagers and injuring a fourth in a Texaco in Garland on December 26.
Richard, who was originally believed to be the getaway driver, went to the Garland Police Department and admitted he drove his son to the convenience store.
“Everything in our investigation shows that he was aware of everything that was going on,” Garland police lieutenant Pedro Barineau said.
“The fact that he left quickly, he knew, is also why he is charged with capital murder.”
Richard Acosta, 33, was charged with capital murder after admitting to police he drove his 14-year-old son to a convenience store, where he allegedly killed three teenagers
Abel Elias Acosta, 14, is currently on the run and is considered armed and dangerous
His father, who surrendered, was originally believed to be the only driver on the run
Abel is considered armed and dangerous, police said, as the manhunt continues around the town about 30 miles northeast of Dallas.
He is said to have killed Xavier Gonzalez, 14, Ivan Noyala, 16, and Rafael Garcia, 17, and injured a fourth identified victim, 15, after coming out of his father’s white chest, opening the door to Texaco and shooting about 20 shots. .
Police believe Noyala and Garcia would be the alleged targets after Abel argued with one or both boys. The teenager will also face capital murder charges upon his arrest.
Surveillance footage shows the shirtless young teenager walking cautiously towards the entrance to the gas station, his face covered in a surgical mask and baseball cap.
Acosta can then be seen as he bends down and peeks through a window in the store before opening fire with a handgun, unleashing several shots throughout the store.
Surveillance image captures Abel Acosta (right) walking into a convenience store while his father waited in the trunk (left)
In a press conference on Monday, police said Xavier was at the store ordering food as Acosta opened fire inside the store, while the other two teenagers walked into the store together. the shop.
“We sit there and wait for him to come home and we know he’s not coming home,” Erica Gonzalez, Xavier’s aunt, told ABC News.
“We just want justice done, we want him to blow himself up.”
Police Lieutenant Pedro Barineau said the father knew his son was planning a massacre
Another 14-year-old boy, who has not been identified, was initially arrested the day after the shooting, but was released without charge the same day.
The teenager currently remains a person of interest, although authorities have said he was not the shooter, police say.
A vigil was held for the three teens on Tuesday at the convenience store, where many left candles and mementos.
Abel has been described by police as a fair-skinned, dark-haired, brown-eyed Hispanic male who is around 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds.
A reward of $ 5,000 is offered for information leading to the teenager’s arrest and anyone with knowledge of his current location is urged to call 911 or give Garland Crime Stoppers an anonymous tip at (972-272-8477 ) or online.