Suspected serial killer faces three counts of capital murder

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

Officials said they arrested Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, who they described as having gang ties and having days earlier removed a monitoring device that he wore as a condition of his parole before his crime spree.

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

Rodriguez's alleged crime spree began on July 9 with a robbery.

"It's possible he was casing the neighborhood in search of his next victim", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Deputies reportedly found a gun inside the Nissan.

The Houston Police Department had asked for the public's help in locating him.

"We can't release all the details but all these cases we feel have some linkage to each other and so we're going to continue to tighten those", Gonzalez said.

Suspect Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46.

"Let's get this man off the street as soon as possible", Acevedo said.

"This is a person of strong interest in a series of murders in our city in the last few days who's been on a rampage that we believe are potentially related", Acevedo said.

During a news conference Tuesday, Sheriff's Sgt. David Crane announced that there was enough evidence to charge Rodriguez with two counts of capital murder.

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A chase ensued for around 15 minutes, and Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident at around 7 a.m., Gonzalez said.

Rodriguez, a registered sex offender who was on parole at the time of the killings, is being held without bond Wednesday at the Harris County Jail.

That night, a young employee of a Mattress Firm store was found dead and just yesterday a third victim was found dead inside a Mattress One store just three miles away.

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.

"We'll sleep easy tonight", explained Jason Jackson who lives in the area where police arrested Rodriguez.

They pursued him after he was seen driving a auto they had previously identified. "Actually he's pretty much bald but his natural hair color is black and he's got as you can see tattoos around his neck", says Chief Acevedo.

Harris County sheriff's deputies found Pamela Johnson, 62, inside her home Friday in the 2400 block of Bent Pine Drive.

Person of interest after murder victim Pamela Johnson's vehicle found parked at Willowbrook Mall. Gonzalez had tweeted that he's "considered a serial killer, armed and unsafe".

Allie Barrow, 28, was shot dead at a mattress store where she worked.

The crime spree continued on Monday as Rodriguez allegedly robbed and shot a Houston METROLift bus driver.

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