4 charged in street racing event that caused $46,000 in damage to Ikea parking lot

HOUSTON – Warrants have been issued for four men, accused of participating in an illegal race in the parking lot of an Ikea in the Spring Branch neighborhood, court documents confirmed Monday.

Walter Nash, 26; Alfred Turrubaïte, 25; Christopher Smith, 33; and Vaughn Fontenette, 27, have been charged with criminal mischief, a felony, in connection with the event which happened on the night of or around May 16, according to court documents.

Video of the racing event was shared on social media and posted to YouTube, according to court documents. Houston Police Department investigators used that video, along with surveillance video, to capture license plate numbers, which led them to the driver’s licenses of each of the men charged, according to court documents.

An official from the Ikea, located in the 7800 block of the Katy Freeway, told police the event caused extensive damage to the parking lot.

“The [manager] informed [the officer] that damage to the parking lot is estimated at $46,000 to repair,” according to court documents.

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Investigators accused Nash of recording and promoting the event online. They accused Turrubaite of driving a Ford Mustang seen in the video. Smith and Fontenette, according to court documents, were driving a Dodge Charger seen in the video.

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