- Óscar Rosales, a criminal accused of having killed a policeman, has been arrested.
- Federal agents captured him just as he was trying to flee from Texas to Mexico.
- Rosales is accused of the fatal shooting of police officer Charles Galloway.
Óscar Rosales, accused of the shooting death of a police officer in Houston, was arrested when he was about to escape to Mexico. Federal agents with the U.S. Marshals, who specialize in looking for fugitives, captured Óscar Rosales on the border strip between the city of Del Río in Texas and Ciudad Acuña in Coahuila.
Alleged murderer Óscar Rosales, 51, was captured in the early hours of Wednesday, January 26, 2022 by the US Marshals who had been tracking him since Sunday, January 23, 2022. He was wanted for the shooting homicide of a policeman who stopped him in his car to give him a traffic ticket.
Óscar Rosales, accused of murdering a police officer, is captured
A source that spoke with Mundo Hispanico, on the condition of anonymity due to their role in the investigation, confirmed the arrest of Óscar Rosales by the US Marshals. They had already informed the officers of the Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department (HPD).
Óscar Rosales is charged with capital murder for the shooting of police officer Charles Galloway of the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 after the officer pulled him over for a routine traffic stop in southwest Houston at 9100 Beechnut Street in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.
Óscar Rosales could face the death penalty for his crime
According to the Penal Code of the State of Texas, the charge of capital murder, like the one faced by Óscar Rosales, is the only one that is punishable by the death penalty for those who are found guilty of that crime in a trial. The detainee is already in the Val Verde County Jail awaiting extradition to Harris County in Houston.
US Marshals received assistance from Mexican federal agents in Ciudad Acuña in order to apprehend Óscar Rosales. Reina Pereira Márquez and Henri Pereira Márquez, wife and brother-in-law of Rosales, are already detained in the Harris County jail, accused of having helped him escape after killing the policeman.
“Mr. Rosales you can run away… but no one can escape”
“Mr. Rosales, you can run away… but no one can escape from their own photography, we will find you,” Kim Ogg, District Attorney of Harris County, said at a press conference on Monday, January 24, 2022. She announced that her office was assisting HPD agents in finding alleged killer Óscar Rosales.
After Troy Finner, the head of HPD, revealed the identity of Óscar Rosales, dozens of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies joined together across the United States to track down the alleged fugitive killer. The US Marshals’ Texas Gulf Task Force also joined the investigation.
The crime was recorded on video
Troy Finner, the head of HPD, explained that his officers from the Homicide Division had already carried out a series of raids in various parts of southwest Houston to track down Óscar Rosales in the days after the murder of officer Charles Galloway.
Officer Galloway stopped the Toyota Avalon that Óscar Rosales was driving on Beechnut Street early Sunday morning for a traffic offense. However, Rosales got out of his car and unloaded his pistol into the police officer, killing him with several shots.
The first clue to finding Óscar Rosales was his Toyota
“We already have video evidence of Óscar Rosales at the moment he shoots officer Charles Galloway,” said Finner, the head of HPD. He was visibly upset at the press conference. The entire sequence of the crime was recorded on the patrol car’s dash cam.
After killing officer Charles Galloway, Óscar Rosales got into his Toyota Avalon and escaped at full speed from the crime scene. The details of the car that were recorded on the video were the first clue that HPD Homicide Division agents had to identify the alleged killer.
Reina Azucena Pereira Márquez is also detained
On Sunday, January 23, 2022, several HPD agents arrested Reina Pereira Márquez and Henri Pereira Márquez in west Houston on a felony charge of tampering with criminal evidence for helping Óscar Rosales escape after the murder of the police officer.
Reina Azucena Pereira Márquez, 41, is not legally married to Óscar Rosales. However, the couple had been living together for years and under Texas civil law they are considered spouses. The woman will face her criminal proceedings before Judge DaSean Jones of the 180th Criminal District Court in Harris County.
Óscar Rosales was considered armed and dangerous
According to Troy Finner, the head of the HPD, the detainee, Óscar Rosales, was considered a “very dangerous and armed” person who killed a policeman “in a brutal way” after the routine traffic stop. As of now, the authorities don’t know the immigration status of Óscar Rosales in the United States.
Ted Heap, Chief of Precinct 5 of the Harris County Constable’s Office, had already warned at the same press conference on Monday, January 24, that the authorities would not stop until they managed to arrest Óscar Rosales, the alleged murderer of his partner Charles Galloway, a 12-year veteran of the department.
Gun deaths in the United States
The murder of agent Charles Galloway by Óscar Rosales is just one more case of gun violence in the United States. The non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive reported that so far in 2022, 2,618 people have already been shot to death.
As of Sunday, January 23, 2022, of those people shot to death in the United States, a total of 1,100 were killed and 1,518 committed suicide. 1,959 people were injured. The country has already experienced 25 mass shootings in which at least four people died in the same crime.
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