James Mundo, 70, Bayou Body Count No. 84

The driver of a van was stabbed to death by at least one his passengers on the west side Thursday night, Houston police say.

The name of the victim, 70, has not been released pending notification of his family is James Mundo. HPD says he was driving a van east in the 11400 block of Harwin near Wilcrest when he stopped at a red light. (See update.)

"A witness heard an argument between a female and males from inside the van," HPD says. "A black female and two black males were then seen running from the van, which then drove several hundred yards and crashed through a metal fence to an apartment complex."

The victim was found with at least one stab wound to the leg and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information in this incident is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

See update, after the jump.

Update: HPD says that further investigation revealed that Mundo, an air-conditioning repairman, was in the van alone and driving to a work location when he stopped at the traffic light at Harwin and Boone.

While stopped, a "female and two males jumped into Mundo's van and attempted to rob him. During the robbery," HPD says, "Mundo was stabbed and the three suspects fled on foot."

Police reported their call for help, saying, "There were several vehicles at the intersection at the time and people at a corner store who witnessed the incident. Those witnesses might believe the incident was just an argument in which people went their separate ways."


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