Houston Police capture suspected serial killer

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2018

A Tuesday morning auto chase ended a bloody week for a man Texas cops say is a "serial killer", and who's suspected in a series of mid-July murders - including two at mattress stores.

Houston Police Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, was arrested early Tuesday.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said they believe Rodriguez may be responsible for other crimes.

Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident Tuesday morning after leading police on a chase, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference Tuesday. "Let's get this man off the street as soon as possible".

Two more people were found dead at two nearby mattress stores on Saturday and Monday, respectively.

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. He is a registered sex offender.

Acevedo added: "He's a parole absconder and so he cut his monitor just a matter of days ago".

Rodriguez is expected to be charged with three counts of murder and faces the possibility of the death penalty, officials said.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez a registered sex offender was taken into custody Tuesday morning
Houston police capture suspected serial killer

Police say they believe he stole a 2017 dark gray Nissan Sentra with plates that read "KPD 2805" while at the Mattress One location and that he might still have it.

Responding to a tweet about a potential modus operandi, Gonzalez said the victims were mixed ages and genders, but connected to three areas in Houston or its suburbs - Cypress, Willowbrook and north Eastex. Last September, Rodriguez made parole and was released from prison.

Police have not released a possible motive in the killings.

On Saturday, Johnson's vehicle was found in the parking lot of Willowbrook Mall after being reported by a resident.

On 16 July, he allegedly shot Mattress One employee Edward Magana, who died shortly after taking his lunch break not far from the first mattress store.

He also said Harris County is looking to form a task force that would focus on parolees who had committed serious crimes.

Rodriguez hasn't been charged in the crimes, but Gonzalez tweeted he's "considered a serial killer, armed and unsafe".

Officials say the reign of terror continued Monday when Rodriguez shot and wounded a 22-year-old contract METRO Lift driver. He then walked into the mall and left on the other side from where he left the auto.

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