Posted: May 6, 2012 10:03 PM
Updated: May 7, 2012 6:55 AM
WESLACO - Police have arrested a suspect wanted in Sunday morning's double murder and kidnapping. Two women were found dead in a home a few miles north of Weslaco just before 10 a.m., after a passerby noticed two young children walking along the road alone. The two women appeared to have been beaten or stabbed to death. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the children were walking from the home following the murders.
"Two children, ages 5 and 6, were walking down this road when a passerby noticed them. He stopped and asked them what they were doing. The children said they were going to their grandmother's house. And they asked 'Why are you doing that by yourself?' And they said, 'Well, 'cause my mother is dead,'" Trevino said Sunday.
The suspect is also accused of kidnapping another woman and driving around for three hours, before she was able to escape from the car near the corner of Highway 281 and Nolana Road in Pharr. Officials said she was not harmed during the ordeal.
Weslaco police caught up with the suspect after a caller spotted the man at an area Wal-Mart. Police approached the suspect, and that's when a chase began. Several law enforcement officers pursued a white Ford Focus to a water treatment plant at the end of South Midway Road. Police say the suspect rammed the gate, ran from his vehicle and jumped into a sewer holding pond in an attempt to drown himself. Emergency crews used hooks to pull the man out of the water at the plant.
The man was taken to a hospital for evaluation. He was moved to the Hidalgo County Jail under suicide watch. Authorities say he will be arraigned on a host of charges in several jurisdictions.