Carrollton police search for suspect who stabbed man to death

Carrollton police hope newly released video will help them catch the person who stabbed a man to death after offering to give him and his girlfriend a ride.

Friends and family held a vigil in memory of 34-year-old Arnold Pinilla of Garland after he was murdered over the weekend.

Esparanza Balaguera still can't believe anyone could murder her son.

“He was a really really good guy. He was a soccer player,” said Balaguera.

Carrollton police say Pinilla and his girlfriend in front of Casa Vieja near Belt Line and Josey around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say they were picked up by a man after he offered to give them a ride.

After only traveling a mile, police say there was an argument between Pinilla and the driver and then a fight. The driver stopped the car in the 1000 block of Myers Street and stabbed Pinilla. His girlfriend was the only witness.

Pinilla's girlfriend called 911 after the suspect took off. She was not injured. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say it doesn't look like Pinilla or his girlfriend knew the man and don’t believe robbery was a motive.

The suspect description is vague. He’s described as an Hispanic male in his mid-30s with light complexion and about 5'3"- 5'6" tall with a skinny build.

Police hope someone recognizes the car from the video. The suspect’s car is an early-mid 2000s white, 4-door sedan with a sunroof and a tan or beige interior.

"I feel sad because I lost my son,” said Balaguera. “But I know God is gonna make justice."

Pinilla leaves behind a 9-year-old son.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call North Texas Crime Stoppers at (1-877-373-8477).

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