Charges upgraded, 2nd suspect arrested in shooting death of Arlington car dealership owner

Arlington police have strengthened charges and made a second arrest in the shooting death of an Arlington car dealership owner.

On Monday Adel Elhindawi, the owner of Salem Autos, was shot dead while trying to retrieve a loaner car that had not been returned. He died Thursday from his injuries.

On Friday, Salem Autos in Arlington was temporarily closed as used car dealership owner Elhindawi was laid to rest.

Ahead, the gate was closed and a small memorial is growing for the husband and father of two.

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Brian Espy, 31, was arrested Wednesday in Grand Prairie for the shooting.

He was initially charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of robbery. Those charges have since been upgraded to capital murder.

Dealership employees said Espy purchased a vehicle from the lot three weeks ago, but the car had mechanical issues. While Salem Autos was working on the car, a loaner vehicle was provided.

The car was repaired and returned last week, but the loan car was never returned to the dealership.

Elhindawi and another employee went together to collect the loan. It was then that he was shot.

Quyanna Massie, who was driving the loan car at the time of the shooting, was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Police records show Massie was the driver believed to have helped Espy escape after Monday’s murder.

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“It’s so tragic. Like I said, company employees were just trying to do their job,” said Arlington Police Officer Jesse Minton. “He picks up his car on Saturday, then on Monday they still haven’t picked up the Jeep. So they went, as part of their business, just to pick this up.”

Police said Elhindawi and an employee went to collect the loaner vehicle.

The Elhindawi employee started the Jeep and attempted to pull out of the parking lot, when police said Espy opened fire.

Elhindawi, who was inside another vehicle, was struck in the head and rammed into a parked Cadillac.

“I went into survivor mode, we have to help him,” said Ariel Oliver, who lives in the Arlington apartment complex where Elhindawi was shot.

She heard the gunshots outside her apartment, called 911 and rushed to help.

“We were literally sitting there. We kept talking to him,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what to say others waiting for them to arrive.”

Oliver sprang into action by putting the vehicle in park and applying pressure to Elhindawi’s injuries.

“I didn’t know what I was walking towards,” she recalls. “I hesitated because a car came and I didn’t know if it was coming back.”

Oliver sprang into action by putting the vehicle in park and applying pressure to Elhindawi’s injuries.

“I didn’t know what I was walking towards,” she recalls. “I hesitated because a car came and I didn’t know if it was coming back.”

An affidavit of arrest released Friday says that was when Espy jumped into his girlfriend’s car.

Massie is accused of pinning the employee behind the wheel of the Jeep, then police say Espy got out and threatened him with a gun, forcibly taking the vehicle back.

He then left.

“By helping her do this, it’s like she’s committing the crime like him,” Minton said of the charges against Massie.

“It’s just sad that he was separated from his family for something so simple,” Oliver added.

Elhindawi employees said Salem Autos does not usually distribute loaner vehicles, but does Espy as a service.

A public records check reveals Espy has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2010, including convictions and charges of aggravated robbery, evasion of arrest, fraud, and drug and alcohol violations.

“What is so sad about this is that Mr. Elhindawi is just trying to feed his family, to do his job that day, when for some reason this criminal decides he is going to bring a firearm and ends up killing him,” he added. Minton added.