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Incident at 5711 Westward #176

February 17, 2006 -- Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a woman about 11:45 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 16).

The suspect, Esequiel Villareal (H/m, DOB 12/02/66), is charged with murder in the 184th State District Court and is still at-large. Investigators believe the suspect, who was released from prison in May of 2005 for an unrelated murder charge, may be in the process of fleeing to Mexico in a 1989 Nissan Maxima with Texas license plates 909-JKR.

The victim is identified as Bendicata Gonzalez, 35, of 5711 Westward #176. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.W. Belk and Officer M.J. Miller reported:

Villareal, the estranged husband of Bendicata Gonzalez, shot her on the walkway in front of her apartment in the presence of her 15-year-old son.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Esequiel Villareal is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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