Suspected Houston-area serial killer, wanted in at least three deaths, captured

Suspect in possible serial killings in Houston is now in custody

Suspect in possible serial killings in Houston is now in custody

The manhunt ended with the 46-year-old's arrest Tuesday morning. Houston Police and Harris County Sheriff's Office helped in the pursuit and arrest of Rodriguez. But Jose Gilberto Rodriguez isn't going anywhere now, charged with two counts of capital murder - with the possibility of more charges to come.

Officials believe Rodriguez is responsible for all of the above crimes. Her body was found after her brother called police to conduct a welfare check because she had not been answering her phone. In the murder at Mattress One, authorities say the victim, who was an employee of the store, was found dead in the back of the building.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Rodriguez faces two capital murder charges for the deaths of Pamela Johnson and Edward Magana.

The crime spree started on July 9 with a home invasion and robbery in north Harris County.

"He's about 46 years of age, he's a male Hispanic, 5'7", 135 pounds, with black hair.

"There's not enough law enforcement officers that are focusing on parolees", Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told a news conference.

He is a registered sex offender out on parole after spending 28 years in prison and was believed to be armed and unsafe. Rodriguez had been on parole for the last nine months, wearing an ankle monitor.

Police said they believe he recently cut off his ankle monitor.

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Acevedo said Rodriguez appeared to be motivated by money in each of the cases, and also said the spree could have been even worse.

Police urge folks that if you see him call 911 and be careful. "We've got to up our game", Acevedo said.

Police say it's been a week filled with murder and mayhem all at the hands of Jose Gilberto Rodriguez.

A man linked to three fatal shootings since Friday has been captured by Harris County authorities.

July 13: Police found the bound body of Pamela Johnson, 62, in her Cypress home. A handgun was found in the vehicle, which police say was stolen from one of his victims. Investigators reviewed the mall surveillance cameras, which showed a person of interest pulling up in the auto and then abandoning it in the parking lot.

Mall surveillance video showed a man, believed to be Rodriguez, walking through the mall and exiting the opposite side.

That same day, Allie Barrow, 28, was shot and killed at the Mattress Firm, located across the street from the mall. They also found a pistol in his possession. It happened in a Shell Station parking lot in the 2800 block of Quitman. A clerk heard the shots, then ran outside and found the injured bus driver, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

No other details were immediately available, police said. Houston police say he is considered armed and extremely risky.

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