Paroled sex offender, 46, cut off his ankle monitor ‘before murdering three people in four days’ in Texas
Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was captured in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday morning
The 46-year-old man was earlier identified as a potential suspect in three murders that had happened in the area since Friday
One victim was in a home invasion robbery, while Barrow and the third victim were killed at two different mattress stores where they worked
Rodriguez was charged Tuesday with two capital murder counts relating to the deaths of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson at her Houston-area home on July 13 and Edward Magaña, 57, inside a mattress store on Monday, July 16
A third capital murder count was filed Wednesday in the death of 28-year-old Allie Barrow inside another mattress store on Saturday, July 14
Rodriguez also is a suspect in the robbery, shooting and wounding of a metro bus driver on Monday and a home invasion robbery on July 9
Records show Rodriguez is a career criminal whose priors, dating back to 1989, include aggravated sexual abuse, burglary, auto theft and a convicted of possession of a deadly weapon while in prison
After spending decades in state prison, he was released on parole in September
Investigators say Rodriguez, 46, suspected in at least three fatal Houston-area shootings had cut off an ankle monitor several days before the first killing his first victim.
He kicked off on July 9 with a home invasion robbery, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Rodriguez was arrested after a 15-minute chase early Tuesday by Harris County sheriff’s deputies checking reports of a suspicious vehicle.
On Tuesday Sheriff’s Sgt. David Crane said Rodriguez is charged with two capital murder counts relating to the shooting death of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson at her Houston-area home on July 13. Her car was stolen.
The second capital murder count was also filed Tuesday in the death of Edward Magaña, inside a mattress store on Monday, July 16.
Magaña, a 57-year-old father of four, was fatally shot Monday afternoon as he worked at a Mattress One store in north Houston. His wife said she was just coming home from work when she got the call that her husband had been killed.
A third capital murder charge is expected to be filed Wednesday in the death of Mattress store employee Allie Barrow.
Barrow was gunned down at her job, a Mattress Firm near the Willowbrook Mallon Saturday, July 14. Her body was left wedged between two mattresses, the week before, she’d turned 28.
Police say Rodriguez also is a suspect in the robbery, shooting and wounding of a MetroLift bus driver on Monday in addition to the July 9 home invasion robbery of an elderly couple on Foxburo.
The bus driver, Tuesday was listed Tuesday in critical condition.
Parolee Jose Gilbert Rodriguez, [photo], was arrested Tuesday morning in Houston Texas, as the prime suspect in at least three fatal Houston-area shootings. Cops say Rodriguez had cut off an ankle monitor several days before killing his first victim.
He spent decades in state prison and while there was convicted of possession of a deadly weapon. He was released on parole in September.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Acevedo criticized the tracking of parolee activity in the Houston area and said he would form a task force to study the issue and recommend changes to the Legislature.
Pamela Johnson, 62, [photo] was first to be killed by Jose Rodriguez on his killing spree
The killer’s second victim, Allie Barrow, [Photo L-R] was shot dead at a mattress store where she worked. The 28-year-old woman was about to get married
Edward Magaña, a 57-year-old father of four, was fatally shot Monday afternoon by Rodriguez while he was working at a mattress store
Rodriguez was captured after Sheriff’s deputies in Houston acted on a tip from a member of the public. A caller spotted a Nissan Sentra just after 6am that authorities had earlier said was being driven by Rodriguez.
The Harris County sheriff’s office was notified and a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it sped away, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
The car came to a stop after a chase lasting about 15 minutes and Rodriguez was taken into custody.
A handgun was found in the car, which police say was stolen from one of his victims.
‘It’s possible that he was looking to score his next victim so we’re very relieved, very thankful to the citizens of Harris County for calling in, for being diligent and reporting this to us so that we could take action,’ Gonzalez said during a news conference.
More details were given about the victims he is suspected of shooting.
62-year-old widow Pamela Johnson was described as a devoted Christian who made cookies for her neighbors. Her body was found after her brother called police to conduct a welfare check because she had not been answering her phone.
Her television, computer and jewelry were missing from her home.
Rodriguez also took off with Johnson’s PT Cruiser, which he subsequently dumped in the parking lot of the Willowbrook Mall. Surveillance footage shows him walking through the mall after abandoning the car there.
Mattress killer: Two of the suspects were killed at Houston-area mattress stores. The third victim, a male, was found dead at this Mattress One store on Monday
Authorities have not released further details of the crimes, such as the motive behind each act and whether the victims were randomly chosen.
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.
Acevedo promised to create a task force of law enforcement agencies throughout Harris County to recommend to the Texas Legislature changes to tighten the system.