The Houston Chronicle reports that a man has been arrested in connection with a deadly crime spree in Texas. The suspected serial killer was captured in Cypress on Monday, which was a relief for law enforcement – they were under the impression the suspect was getting ready to target a new victim.
Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, is a violent parolee and led the police on a brief chase before his arrest. He was wanted for two murders in mattress stores and the shooting murder of a woman in her home in Cypress last week.
The neighborhood was being patrolled, but police say that residents were a large help in locating Rodriguez. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the early morning, leading to a 14-minute chase. He was arrested in a gray Nissan, which was stolen from one of his victims.
When police initiated the manhunt for Rodriguez, they described him as “armed and dangerous,” and warned he was known for changing vehicles frequently.
On July 9, Rodriguez allegedly broke into the home of an 87-year-old man and holding him at gunpoint with a pillow over his face. Later, a 62-year-old woman was killed in her Cypress home before her car was stolen. On Saturday, a 28-year-old mattress store employee was found fatally shot in the head in the back office of the store. Rodriguez is also believed to be involved in the shooting death of a 22-year-old bus driver on Monday morning. That was the same day a second shooting victim was found at a different mattress store, located near the area that Rodriguez was raised.
Rodriguez’s violent crime path began in 1989, and after several sentences he was paroled in September 2017 by law. He was scheduled to be under parole supervision until 2023, but days before the manhunt began it became clear that he had tampered with his ankle bracelet.
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