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HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a man suspected in at least three Houston-area killings (all times local):

5 p.m.

Investigators say a man suspected in at least three fatal Houston-area shootings was a parolee who had cut off an ankle monitor several days before the first killing he's accused of.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said 46-year-old Jose Gilberto Rodriguez had removed the monitor several days before a July 9 home invasion robbery. He was arrested early Tuesday by Harris County sheriff's deputies checking reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Sheriff's Sgt. David Crane said Rodriguez is charged with two capital murder counts relating to the deaths of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson at her Houston-area home Friday and 28-year-old Allie Barrow inside a mattress store Saturday. He said another capital murder count could be filed Wednesday in the death of a man inside another mattress store Monday.

The suspect's criminal history dates back to at least 1989 when he was charged with a variety of offenses that include attempted aggravated sexual abuse, burglary and auto theft. He spent decades in state prison and while there was convicted of possession of a deadly weapon. He was released on parole in September.

At a Tuesday news conference, Acevedo criticized the tracking of parolee activity in the Houston area and said he would form a task force to study the issue and recommend changes to the Legislature.


8 a.m.

A man suspected in three fatal shootings has been arrested in Houston.

Authorities say 46-year-old Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was taken into custody Tuesday.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez have said Rodriguez is wanted in connection with three killings since Friday. Gonzalez described Rodriguez as a possible serial killer.

Rodriguez is suspected in the shooting death of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson in her Cypress-area home Friday; the killing of 28-year-old Allie Barrow inside a mattress store in Houston on Saturday; and the fatal shooting of a man inside another mattress store in Houston on Monday.

Police say Rodriguez also is a suspect in the robbery, shooting and wounding of a metro bus driver on Monday and a home invasion robbery on July 9.

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