- Manuel Mendoza Perales and José Iván Mendoza were arrested for the murder of Jesús Salgado.
- The two Mendoza stabbed their victim and, when he was badly wounded, they set him on fire.
- José Iván Mendoza has a violent record because six years ago he tried to kill his wife.
Manuel Mendoza Perales and José Iván Mendoza were arrested for having stabbed Jesús Salgado to death and then set him on fire. The Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department (HPD) revealed the capture of the two men, allegedly responsible for the murder of Salgado almost two months ago.
The detainees José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales are already in the Harris County jail and will face their criminal process for homicide before Judge Daniel Lacayo, of the District 182 Criminal Court in Harris County, and Judge Greg Glass of the District 208 Criminal Court in Harris County, respectively.
The Mendoza stabbed and set fire to Jesús Salgado
According to Texas State Penal Code, the murder charge like the one faced by José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales carries a sentence of 20 to 99 years in prison for anyone who pleads guilty to that crime after facing trial. So far, Judge Lacayo has not determined when the first hearing of the two defendants will be.
The documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico in Texas, they give an account of the brutal crime for which José Iván Mendoza, 37, and Manuel Mendoza Perales, 34, are accused, and who, despite the coincidence in the first surname, it is not detailed in the documents if it is that they have some family relationship with each other.
The sudden violent attack of the Mendoza
At 12:50 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021, Jesús Salgado, 49, was standing at the corner of Cargill Street and Dorsett Street on a small mound of grass when, suddenly, José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Pears attacked him. The motive for the attack is not recorded in the documents of the case.
José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales attacked Jesús Salgado with knives and left him badly wounded from various cuts on various parts of the body. After the two men allegedly stabbed him, when Jesús Salgado was already on the ground, they set his body on fire.
José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales flee
According to various witnesses, after the fire, José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales ran out of the Pleasantville Area neighborhood, in the eastern metropolitan area of Houston, while their victim Jesús Delgado was seriously injured by the stab wounds and writhing from the pain of the fire. on your body.
Witnesses to the incident, whose names will not be revealed, called the HPD emergency number to report Jesús Salgado very badly injured. The first patrol cars to arrive at the crime scene requested the presence of paramedics from the Houston Fire Department (HFD).
The victim Jesús Salgado dies in the hospital
When HFD paramedics arrived at the scene where they found Jesús Salgado, they transferred him to an emergency hospital in the area to be treated for his injuries from the stab wounds and burns. The initial report is that the man was in critical condition after the injuries caused by José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales.
Jesús Salgado was in critical condition from the day of the attack until Tuesday, June 15, 2021, when the man finally died from the severity of his stab wounds and burns to most of his body. The case was then taken up by agents from the HPD Homicide Division.
Several witnesses speak to the police
Since Jesús Salgado died, the agents of the HPD Homicide Division carried out the investigations of the case in the Pleasantville Area neighborhood with a large majority of Hispanic population and managed to obtain testimonies from various witnesses who identified the two alleged murderers as José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales.
The non-profit organization Houston Crime Stoppers He even offered a $ 5,000 reward to whoever offered the reliable clue that would lead the authorities to identify and arrest the two men who had stabbed, and then set fire to, Jesús Salgado. Thanks to that, several gave details of the two murderers.
Manuel Mendoza Perales captured in Colorado
A confidential source revealed to HPD Homicide Division agents that Manuel Mendoza Perales, one of the two alleged murderers of Jesús Salgado, was hiding in a house in the town of Birghton, northeast of the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado. The source informed him with certainty the location of the fugitive.
Officers from HPD’s Homicide Division do not have legal jurisdiction to make arrests in another state, so they asked their federal colleagues from the U.S. Gulf Coast Violent Fugitive Task Force. US Marshals so that they traveled to Colorado to arrest Manuel Mendoza Perales.
José Iván Mendoza and Manuel Mendoza Perales are already in prison
Last Monday, August 2, 2021, federal agents of the US Marshals, specialized in detaining violent fugitives, captured Manuel Mendoza Perales in the middle of an undercover operation. The man, being surrounded by armed officers, offered no resistance to his arrest.
The capture of Manuel Mendoza Perales later allowed the arrest of his alleged accomplice José Iván Mendoza by agents of the HPD Homicide Division in Houston, Texas. The two men are already in the Harris County jail to face their respective criminal proceedings in separate trials.
José Iván Mendoza already has a criminal record
In Texas criminal records it is revealed that José Iván Mendoza Hernández, his full name, has a prior arrest for another violent crime. The man was arrested by HPD on a charge of domestic violence against his then partner before the 262 Criminal District Court in Harris County in Houston.
At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, José Iván Mendoza was lying in the bed of his apartment on Gessner Street, in southwest Houston, when he began to claim his wife and mother of one of his children. that the house was dirty and also accused her of wanting to leave it for another man, according to the documents of the case.
“I am going to kill you!” yelled José Iván
As the morning passed, José Iván Mendoza yelled more and more at his wife who, in addition to having a small child, was also pregnant with another baby as a result of her relationship with the man. The woman’s name will not be revealed in this story to protect her identity.
At one point, a prisoner of anger, José Iván Mendoza pushed the woman, despite being pregnant and carrying the other child in her arms, who lost his balance and fell on the apartment floor. The woman said that, horrified, she saw how her husband yelled at her “I’m going to kill you!” He jumped on her to hold her neck with both hands squeezing her tighter and tighter.
José Iván’s wife escapes from her attacker
The woman does not know for sure how long it was because she lost the ability to breathe as her husband José Iván Mendoza hanged her. The woman confessed to the authorities that she thought she was going to die. Then he lost consciousness. When she woke up, she saw that she was alone with her daughter and that her husband had left the house in the family car.
Without thinking, the woman took her things, charges with her son and left the family home until she arrived at a relative’s house and was the one who called the authorities. On February 28, 2015, José Iván Mendoza was arrested and charged for this crime, for which he served a minimum sentence in jail.
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