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Suspected Texas Serial Killer Jose Rodriguez Taken Into Custody

Rodriguez is suspected of killing at least three people in four days.

Houston police have arrested Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, whom they suspect of killing at least three people in four days.

Rodriguez, 46, has been charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held without bond. Officials said Rodriguez will most likely be charged with additional crimes after evidence analysis from other crime scenes returns.

Rodriguez was taken into custody after a brief vehicle pursuit early Tuesday, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Police had received calls about a suspicious vehicle.

Rodriguez is possibly linked to at least three killings; the robbery and shooting of a Houston city bus driver; and a home invasion last week.

“[Rodriguez] 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,” Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference on Monday.

Rodriguez was previously convicted in a series of crimes, including attempted aggravated sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, auto theft and criminal trespass, police said. He is registered as a high-risk sex offender.

He was released on parole in September. Police said Rodriguez cut off his ankle monitor.

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

Pamela Johnson, 62, was found dead in her home on Friday. Her television, computer, car and jewelry were missing, according to police.

The next day, Johnson’s Chrysler PT Cruiser was found at a mall parking lot. A man believed to be Rodriguez was captured on the mall’s surveillance video. 

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

This article has been updated to include charges against Rodriguez.

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