'Possible serial killer' apprehended in Texas after cops say he fatally shot three people in four days
A "possible serial killer" suspected of fatally shooting three people in four days in Texas was captured early Tuesday.
Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was spotted in a vehicle that belonged to one of the murder victims and was apprehended in Harris County after fleeing in the car, according to ABC 13.
Cops say Rodriguez killed 62-year-old Pamela Johnson in her home in the Cypress part of Houston on Friday, and fatally shot 28-year-old Allie Barrow inside a Houston mattress store the following day. Rodriguez allegedly killed a man, who has not been identified, inside another mattress store on Monday.
Investigators believe his crime spree started on July 9 with a home invasion in the Houston area. The 46-year-old Rodriguez also shot and wounded a bus driver on Monday, cops say.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez warned local residents during a press conference on Monday that the "possible serial killer," a registered sex offender on parole, was a major threat to the community as long as he was at large.
"Let's get this man off the street as soon as possible," Acevedo said.
A friend of Barrow, the second victim, told the Chronicle that she was "smart, loving and caring."
"She lit up the whole room," Miranda Eason told the newspaper. "Everyone loved her."
Barrow worked for Mattress Firm, and the unidentified victim worked for Mattress One, according to the Chronicle.
Acevedo said the motive for the shootings appears to be robbery in most cases. He said Rodriguez may have been looking for someone.