'Possible serial killer' captured after police chase in Houston

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 09:54:30-04

A parolee who cut off his ankle monitor has been arrested in connection to a series of murders in the Houston area, police said.

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Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, is a suspect in at least three slayings in the last week, with police calling him a "possible serial killer" at a press conference Monday night.

He was arrested Tuesday morning after a police chase in the Houston area. 

Rodriguez may be responsible for at least five attacks in the area, three of which resulted in shooting deaths, police said.

The first attack, on July 9, was a home-invasion robbery where the victim survived.

Four days later, Pamela Johnson, 62, was found dead inside her home in northwest Harris County, police said in a news release. Her car, a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, was stolen from her home and found abandoned the next day at nearby Willowbrook Mall.

When investigators reviewed surveillance video from the mall, they observed the suspect, later identified as Rodriguez, park the car and leave the scene.

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On Saturday, a second murder occurred at a mattress store in Houston, police said. The third murder was at another mattress store in the area on Sunday.

On Monday morning, a transit driver was robbed and shot but is expected to survive, police said.

Rodriguez was considered armed and dangerous, said police, who warned the public not to approach him.

"The sooner we can get him into custody, the sooner we can all breath better," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at the press conference.

Rodriguez is about 5-foot-7, 135 pounds with a thin build, black hair and tattoos on both forearms. He was last seen in a 2017 dark gray Nissan Sentra with Texas license plate K-P-D-2-8-0-5.