Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Possible serial killer arrested in Houston after manhunt

Possible serial killer arrested in Houston after manhunt

Acevedo described Gilberto Rodriguez as a "person of strong interest" in the killings and two other crimes - a July 9 home invasion committed by an armed suspect and the robbery and shooting of a bus driver on Monday morning.

The caller spotted a Nissan Sentra that authorities had earlier said was being driven by Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, a felon who spent decades in prison before being released previous year.

On 13 July, he allegedly shot dead Pamela Johnson, a 62-year-old widow, inside her home, before stealing her auto.

Police said it's possible the suspect's crime spree started with a home invasion in the 1200 block of Foxburo Drive in northwest Harris County on July 9.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced in a tweet that Rodriguez was in custody.

Her vehicle was also stolen.

The Houston police chief expressed frustration during the conference with the low bonds, if any, that were being ordered for violent criminals who violate paroles in the Houston area and across Texas.

A deputy responded a few minutes after the call came in and began searching the area, Gonzalez said Tuesday morning.

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"Let's get this man off the street as soon as possible", Acevedo said. That's when the Harris County Sheriff's Office reviewed the mall's surveillance video and made the connection to Rodriguez. Rodriguez had been on parole for the last nine months, wearing an ankle monitor. A third murder charge was expected Wednesday once additional evidence was processed, police said.

"We have serious concerns that this individual will strike again, and we all need to be vigilant, no matter the circumstances, to report it immediately", said Chief Art Acevedo of the Houston Police Department Monday. That was the same day a 62-year-old widow who liked to read the Bible and bake cookies for her neighbors was the first to die in the string of incidents police are tying to Rodriguez, according to KHOU.

"It's possible he was casing the neighborhood in search of his next victim", the sheriff said.

Police say it's been a week filled with murder and mayhem all at the hands of Jose Gilberto Rodriguez. Four days later, Pamela Johnson, 62, was found dead inside her home in northwest Harris County, police said in a news release. "There's not enough of us dealing with parolees". "This person should be considered armed and extremely risky".

Around 7 p.m., a Mattress Firm manager found Barrow in the back of the store. A handgun was found in the vehicle, which police say was stolen from one of his victims.

A man linked to three fatal shootings since Friday has been captured by Harris County authorities.

Investigators believe Rodriguez may be driving a dark gray Nissan Sentra with TX license plate number: KPD2805.

Rodriguez tried to rob a driver at gunpoint Monday, shooting the victim and leaving him in critical condition, officials said. He survived and was rushed to an area hospital.

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