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Houston parolee who cut off his ankle monitor accused in 3 killings

July 17th, 2018 - Comments Off

HOUSTON, Texas — Authorities say a Houston-area parolee with a long criminal record was arrested Tuesday in a series of  killings he allegedly committed days after he had cut off an ankle monitor.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez

Jose Gilberto RodriguezJose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, has been charged with one capital murder count each in the slayings of Pamela Johnson and Allie Barrow.

Johnson, 62, was found shot to death in her Cypress-area home Friday and Barrow, 28, was found shot dead inside a mattress store in Houston on Saturday.

Sgt. David Crane of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Rodriguez could be charged with a third capital murder count Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a man inside another mattress store in Houston on Monday.

Authorities have not identified the third victim.

Rodriguez’s criminal history dates back to at least 1989 when he was charged with a variety of offenses that include attempted aggravated sexual abuse, burglary and auto theft.

He spent decades in state prison and while there was convicted of possession of a deadly weapon.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Rodriguez was released on parole in September and was being tracked by an ankle monitor that he reportedly cut off days before the July 9 start of the rampage.

Sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip from a caller arrested Rodriguez after the caller spotted a Nissan Sentra that authorities had said was being driven by Rodriguez.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office was notified and a deputy attempted to stop the Sentra, but it sped away, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

The car then came to a stop after a chase lasting about 15 minutes and Rodriguez was taken into custody, Gonzalez said. A handgun was found in the car, which police say was stolen from one of his victims.

Investigators said 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.

They believe that they have evidence linking Rodriguez to the crimes, but they are not elaborating.

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