A California man, suspected of killing a house maid and chaining another cleaner to a bed and sexually assaulting her, was arrested on the Mexican border on Sunday, officials said.
Jose Marin Soriano was apprehended by border agents on Sunday, according to KRIV. He was allegedly trying to cross into the U.S. Soriano was taken into custody around noon near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the Houston television station reported.
The 59-year-old is currently being held by a San Diego Sheriff’s Office, according to Capt. Billy Knox of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, KTRK-TV reported. He’s expected to be extradited back to Texas.
On Sept. 19, investigators said Soriano lured the two unidentified cleaners to his home in Plum Grove in an attempt to blackmail them, allegedly claiming he had nude photos of one of them, according to KHOU. He later held them at gunpoint, according to authorities.
One of the women, who Soriano allegedly sexually assaulted, managed to call 911 using his cell phone, which he left behind after fleeing the residence. She was found chained to the man’s bed.
The other woman, who managed to momentarily escape, reportedly crashed her car in a wooded area nearby the home in a frantic attempt to get away from Soriano, investigators said. The woman, who sustained a gunshot wound, was pronounced dead after authorities arrived. Deputies found her car engulfed in flames.
Soriano, considered armed and dangerous, later fled to Mexico, according to KHOU. His gray Ford pickup truck was later found, however; investigators suspected he switched out the abandoned truck for a 2009 black Honda Accord, KPRC-TV reported. The U.S. Marshal's Office and Mexican authorities also assisted county investigators in Soriano’s apprehension.
It’s unclear why Soriano was trying to cross back into the U.S.
Soriano is being held without bail at a San Diego county detention center, according to online jail records.
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