Texas Capital Murder Suspect Arrested on Camera

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez holds a news conference after arresting a suspect in the serial-killings case

"We got at least one, two, three homicides, one aggravated robbery, attempted murder and one home invasion robbery", said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

A parolee who authorities said cut off his ankle monitor and carried out a series of killings in the Houston area has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

The first victim, Pamela Johnson, 62, was found dead Friday night inside her home in northwest Harris County after her family called authorities because they couldn't reach her.

A PT Cruiser stolen from Johnson's home was found on Saturday at a mall in Houston, the sheriff's office said.

Surveillance video released Monday night shows Rodriguez walking through the Willowbrook Mall on Saturday, after parking the victim's auto. He was released on parole in September. During those robberies, he allegedly killed a man at a Mattress One store on Houston's north side and a female employee at a Mattress Firm store near Willowbrook Mall on the northwest side.

Rodriguez has a known criminal record going back to 1989 and is also listed as a sex offender.

Rodriguez allegedly kicked off his crime spree by breaking into an occupied home July 9.

After that resident called police, authorities realized Rodriguez was still in the auto. They say Rodriguez seems to be looking for somebody, but they aren't sure exactly who.

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The driver immediately contacted authorities and requested assistance, stating that she thought she "hit a person or animal". She then texted 911 saying she needed help, which MI state police said is "the same as a 911 call".

Harris County deputies carried out a well-publicized manhunt that led to the arrest of Jose Gilberto Rodriguez early Tuesday morning.

It was unclear why he targeted two mattress stores, officials said.

He was in a stolen gray Nissan Sentra and was arrested following a 14-minute pursuit around 7 a.m.

That same day, Allie Barrow, 28, was shot and killed at the Mattress Firm, located across the street from the mall.

Gonzalez said the tipster spotted a suspicious vehicle early Tuesday. Police suspect Rodriguez was responsible for killing Barrow, who was the manager of the mattress store. "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. When the deputies caught up with the vehicle, the driver led law enforcement on a daybreak chase for 15 minutes before he was taken into custody. Officials say Rodriguez took that victim's vehicle from the scene.

A 911 caller spotted the Sentra, the Harris County sheriff's office was notified and a deputy attempted to stop the auto.

They found the body of a Mattress One store sales rep inside the store in the 4400 block of I-45 near Crosstimbers. He's also suspected of wounding a city bus driver. He survived and was rushed to an area hospital.

Gonzalez has said there were "strong indications in each crime" that Rodriguez was involved but declined to elaborate.

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