Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Billy Knox has updated the information on murder suspect Jose Marin Soriano. According to reliable information received by Investigators, Jose Soriano crossed over the border into Mexico shortly after the murder. The apprehension phase of this investigation has been turned over to the U.S. Marshal’s Office while working closely with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigators and the Mexican authorities. The investigation is on-going as Soriano’s whereabouts in Mexico are unknown at this time.
A frantic 911 call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Dispatcher at approximately 6:12pm this evening by a female caller who said she was chained to a bed while her friend was killed in a car outside the residence on CR 3415, sent deputies to the scene where they found a female deceased in a burned-out vehicle across the road from the residence. The deputies also found another female chained at the ankle and a rope tied around her neck inside the house located in the Rancho San Vicente Sub-Division in north Liberty County.
Lead Sheriff’s Investigators Sean Mitchell and Ann Marie Mitchell began piecing the information together in the very early stages of the investigation after interviewing the female who had been chained to a bed. According to preliminary information, it appears that both women worked at cleaning houses for 59 year old Jose Marin Soriano who lives at the residence on CR 3415. It is reported that Soriano had some revealing photos of the deceased female and he had told the victim that he would delete the photos if she would meet him at his home this evening. It is unknown if Soriano took the photos or if the deceased sent the photos to him at some point.
When the two women arrived at the home of Soriano, he allegedly pulled a gun and sexually assaulted the female chained to the bed. Evidently in an attempt to escape the house, the deceased female got into her vehicle and attempted to back out of the yard but the car crashed into the woods across the street from Soriano’s home. For some unknown reason the vehicle caught fire and the female was badly burned. However, Investigators said an obvious gunshot wound was found when the woman was later examined. It appears that in Soriano’s haste to stop the woman from leaving in her car, he left his cell phone in the house and it was his cell phone the rape victim used to call the Sheriff’s dispatcher.
From information gained at the scene it was found that Soriano fled the scene in a Gray Ford pick-up truck and it also appears that Soriano is armed and could be dangerous. Investigators consider him to be a public safety threat and he should not be approached until law enforcement has been notified.
The deceased female is not being identified until the next of kin has been notified. The female rape victim was taken by ground ambulance to a hospital for observation.
Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace Judge Ralph Fuller conducted the inquest and ordered an autopsy.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of this person of interest, Jose Marin Soriano, to contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500 or the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392 STOP (7867). Anyone providing a Crime Stopper “tip” leading to the arrest of Soriano may be eligible for a cash reward and their identity will remain anonymous.