US Border Patrol agents on Sunday arrested a man accused of killing a woman in Texas and chaining another onto a bed while he raped her, Fox 26 Houston reported.
Jose Marin Soriano, 59, was attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, both women were maids who had previously worked at Soriano’s home, the sheriff’s office said.
Liberty County deputies responded to a desperate 911 call on the evening of September 19 from the surviving victim. She told investigators that she and her friend had come to Soriano’s home because he told the friend he had lewd photos of her and would delete them if he came to the house.
When they arrived, she said, Soriano held both of them at gunpoint and raped her. The other woman escaped and ran outside to her vehicle, but crashed it into the woods across the street when she tried to back out.
Soriano apparently ran out to try to stop her from escaping, leaving behind his cell phone. Investigators said that the woman’s vehicle caught fire, and she was badly burned, but an examination found a gunshot wound as well.
The rape victim used Soriano’s cell phone to call 911, deputies said. She was found with her ankle chained to the bed and a rope tied around her neck.
According to deputies, Soriano fled in a gray Ford pickup truck, which he later swapped out for a black, 2009 Honda Accord. Deputies later said they believed he had crossed the border into Mexico, and the US Marshal’s Office and Mexican authorities joined the search for him, Click2Houston said.
Soriano is being held by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office and will be extradited to Texas to face the charges there.
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[Featured image: Jose Soriano/Liberty County Sheriff’s Office]