- Israel Ventura has an arrest warrant for the murder of Wilfredo Rodríguez Almendarez.
- Rodríguez Almendarez was shot when he was staying in a Texas motel.
- Erica Pereira, Elizabeth Luna and John Gallegos have already been arrested as accomplices to the crime.
Israel Ventura has an arrest warrant in Texas accused of being part of the group that shot and killed Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez. The Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department (HPD) seeks Ventura who is considered a violent runaway, armed and with a criminal record.
Fugitive Israel Alexander Ventura, 32, is charged with capital murder for the shooting death of Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez. According to Texas State Penal Code that crime is the only one that is punished with the death penalty to whoever pleads guilty after facing trial.
Israel Ventura is wanted for a brutal homicide in a robbery
In addition to Israel Ventura, agents from the HPD Homicide Division have already charged John Gallegos, 27; Erica Pereira, 30, and Elizabeth Luna, 30, from being part of the group that attacked Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez with bullets. All three are being held in the Harris County Jail and facing criminal prosecution.
The arrest warrant against Israel Ventura for the murder of Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez is contained before Judge Hazel B. Jones of the 174th Criminal District Court in Harris County and in which details of the brutal attack against the deceased today are given.
They discover the body of a murdered man in his underwear
According to the case documents, consulted by MundoHispánico in Texas, last Tuesday, August 10, 2021, the maid of the Motel 6, 10155 East Freeway or I-10, opened the door of a room at 11:31 a.m. tomorrow to do her cleaning routine in a room that the woman thought was already vacated by the guest.
When the door was opened, the chambermaid, a Hispanic woman, was scared to see a man lying, dressed only in his underpants and face up, who had been killed by several bullets. The frightened woman ran out of the room and informed the Motel 6 administration, who in turn called the emergency number to report the brutal crime.
A shooting crime in an area full of Hispanics
The first to arrive on the scene were HPD patrols assigned to the eastern part of the Houston metropolitan area and literally one block from the small towns of Jacinto City and Galena Park, two cities that host a large immigrant community. Hispanics.
When the HPD patrols certified the death of the man inside the motel room, they requested the presence of the Homicide Division agents to carry out the corresponding investigations and that, in the end, they determined the arrest warrant against Israel Ventura although in at that time the authorities did not know his name.
Hotel video footage helps solve crime
The agents of the HPD Homicide Division discovered that the dead man in his underwear was Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez, 34, thanks to his driver’s license. His family was informed of the murder. The motive for the crime was a mystery until that moment for the authorities.
To begin solving the case, the agents of the HPD Homicide Division asked the Motel 6 administration to provide them with the images of their security cameras from the moment the deceased had checked into the hotel today and that thread He was the one who led them to Israel Ventura.
Who was the mysterious Erica who entered the victim’s room?
Thanks to that, the agents were able to identify a woman, who spoke with the deceased today, and who was also a guest at the motel. The night before his death, Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez had dinner at a restaurant in the area, bought clothes and withdrew almost a thousand dollars from an ATM, and then went partying in the neighborhood.
When he returned to the Motel 6 in the early morning he spoke with the girl, whose name will not be revealed in this story, whom he met at the hotel. The testimony of the girl is crucial to put together the sequence of the crime. That girl in turn introduced him to another woman named Erica, an exotic dancer from the area, who then entered and left the room of the deceased today.
Erica Pereira takes another woman to her victim’s room
The girl named Erica, according to the agents’ investigation, may have negotiated some kind of sex trade with Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez and that is why she entered the room. Erica had arrived earlier at the motel accompanied by two Hispanic men and another woman. At one point the two women enter Almendarez’s room together again.
At 6:30 in the morning Erica and the other girl leave Almendarez’s room, bending down and leaving one of the two electronic keys to the victim’s room on the floor. The other was inside. Then the two Hispanic men, both with tattoos, approach and enter the room for about twenty seconds and then run out and get into a Toyota RAV4 pickup.
Four Hispanics escape in a Toyota RAV4 truck
Based on these videos, the HPD Homicide Division agents were able to determine the identity of the exotic dancer as Erica Pereira. The girl was associated with a man named John Gallegos, a self-confessed member of a Houston gang and who was already on the gang registry in Texas.
The HPD Homicide Division agents were able to know Elizabeth Luna’s name as that of the other girl who entered the room with the exotic dancer Erica Pereira. The two are seen escaping in the RAV4 truck after John Gallegos and Israel Ventura flee Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez’s room.
The killers waited outside the room
In the videos of the Motel 6, the Homicide Division agents could see, according to the case documents, that when Israel Ventura and John Gallegos run out of the room Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez are carrying the firearms with which they they allegedly killed the other man in the room.
The night before his murder Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez had withdrawn almost a thousand dollars from an ATM, then he had gone out to have fun in the neighborhood and finally agreed that Erica Pereira and Elizabeth Luna would enter his room presumably to have sex and drink between the three. Ventura and Gallegos were waiting outside.
A murder that was planned as a violent robbery
The motive for the crime was classified by the agents of the HPD Homicide Division as an armed robbery planned and perpetrated by Israel Ventura and John Gallegos, who used the girls Erica Pereira and Elizabeth Luna to get the key to their room. victim after their sexual threesome.
Agents from the Major Criminal Division assisted their colleagues from the HPD Homicide Division who arrested Elizabeth Luna, Erica Pereira and John Gallegos last Tuesday, August 10, 2021, also accused of capital murder for the murder of Wilfredo Javier Rodríguez Almendarez. Only Israel Ventura remains a fugitive.
Where is Israel Ventura hiding?
Israel Alexander Ventura, according to criminal records in Texas, has a record spanning hundreds and hundreds of pages for crimes such as vehicle theft, various armed robbery, threats, criminal organization, resisting arrest, and drug possession, among other charges. .
The agents of the HPD Homicide Division ask the Hispanic community that if anyone knows the true whereabouts of Israel Ventura, contact his office at 713.308.3600 or the non-profit organization Houston Crime Stoppers at 713.222.8477. All tracks will be kept anonymous. Israel Ventura is wanted for the shooting homicide of a man.
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