Teenagers ran older woman with her car for food and rent at the local Denny’s: police

Teihjon Shannon [left] and David Paul Jones [right] were both charged with capital murder in connection with elderly woman’s death.

(Houston Police Department )

Two Texas teenagers are accused of running over an elderly woman who, after her dead body was found in her Houston garage.

The police said they received a call on Friday that a strange smell was coming from inside Clara Jeanne Barna’s garage. When the searched the house, the officers found the 75-year-old woman’s body perished, and her 2003 Buick LeSabre was missing.

A search for the missing vehicle led police to focus David Paul Jones and Teijhon “T. J.” Shannon, both 17, who said they took the car while attempting to do a “dine and dash” at a local Denny’s restaurant.

According to the police, on June 17, the teens were allegedly confronted by the owners of the stolen pick-up truck in the parking lot of a nearby fast-food restaurant. After the owners accused the teenagers of stealing the car, they fled the food court on the foot.

The duo walked through the nearby neighborhoods for spotting Barna in the vicinity of her car.


The police said the woman got out to close her garage door when the teenagers approached her, grabbed her and violently took her keys. Shannon reportedly pressed Barna while Jones backed out of the driveway, which is about Barna and Shannon in the process.

Barna suffered serious injury such as a fractured skull and a broken back. Shannon suffered injuries to his legs, but was able to help pull Barna back to the garage for the teenagers fled in her car.

On June 20 two days before the police found Barna’s body, surveillance video showed two men entering a Denny’s restaurant near the woman’s home after the parking of a similar Buick on the eatery.

Employees told ABC 13 that the teens to about $50 worth of food and then tried to “dine and dash.” The teens reportedly asked the manager not to call the police and tried him to bribe with a mobile phone.


Police say the manager wrote down the license plate number, which they described as a “valuable clue” in connecting the teens to Barna’s death, the Houston Chronicle. The newspaper said that it is unclear whether the manager called the police.

Jones was arrested by the police on Saturday, June 23, and Shannon was arrested on Monday. The two teenagers reportedly confessed their roles in Barna’s murder. They were both charged with capital murder.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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