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Suspect Arrested 30 Years After Male's Death at 6575 Ashcroft

September 22, 2011 - Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a man at 6575 Ashcroft on August 1, 1981.

Jose Alfredo Gomez (H/m, DOB: 4-20-48) is charged with murder in the 185th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of Jose Rodrigo Aguiler, 37, of the above address, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds.  A photo of suspect Gomez is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant D. Ferguson reported:

Mr. Aguiler answered the door when Gomez visited him to apologize for an argument that had occured earlier in the evening.  According to witnesses, as the two spoke, Gomez pulled a pistol and shot Aguiler.  Aguiler began to fall but was caught by his wife, who then observed Gomez running down the stairs.  Gomez ran back up the stairs, shot Aguiler a second time in the chest and then fled the scene.

Additional interviews with witnesses identified the suspect and charges were filed against Gomez for murder.  Shortly after the murder, investigators attempted to locate and arrest Gomez, but were unsuccessful.

Recently, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office Fugitive Apprehension Section was able to locate the suspect living in Houston.  Gomez was then arrested, with the assistance of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, in the 200 block of Heaney without incident.  Following his arrest, Gomez admitted to his role in the death of Aguiler.

Jose Alfredo Gomez

JKS/JFC 9-22-11
Inc. #41506281

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.