Authorities claim that a Texas man killed his estranged wife after breaking into her house and their teenage daughter managed to escape via a bedroom window.
According to a Facebook post from the Georgetown Police Department and the Austin-American Statesman, Ricardo Quinones, 38, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Lindsey Quinones, 31, inside her Georgetown home on December 27.
Police claimed in the post that they were summoned to the residence after a “juvenile” contacted 911 to report that their father had come home with a weapon and was holding others hostage. The caller was revealed to be the couple’s 13-year-old daughter in an arrest document acquired by the Statesman. The girl said her father, who was dressed in all black and a ski mask, awakened her up by shining a flashlight in her face.
The lady allegedly advised his daughter to “listen to your dad” while mouthing that she should phone the police, the site says, citing the document. He then allegedly hauled his estranged wife out of bed and ordered his daughter to remain in place.
As a result, she dialed 911 and her uncle, as reported by CBS Austin. The affidavit claims that at this time, Ricardo had overheard the youngster on the phone and instructed her to call her uncle back and admit her error. Additionally, according to the affidavit, Ricardo shot the household dog.
The youngster claimed she then saw her dad bind up her mom with ropes, according to the affidavit. The young woman later made her way out of the residence through a bedroom window, where she was greeted by policemen who had barged in after hearing two gunshots at approximately three in the morning, according to CBS Austin.
According to the complaint, Ricardo is believed to have left the scene in Lindsey’s green pickup while Lindsey was discovered dead. According to the publication, a cop shot at him as he was fleeing the house, however it’s not clear if the bullet really hit him.
At around 11 a.m., Ricardo was taken into custody “without incident.” After a state trooper alerted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to the potential murder suspect’s car driving eastbound on I-10, the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook that the suspect had been located in a parking lot in Columbus.
According to court records acquired by KXAN, he allegedly informed officials that “it didn’t matter anymore, he was going to prison anyhow since he lost his mind that morning and the pistol was in his vehicle.” A handgun was found inside the car.
According to several publications, Ricardo is being detained at the Williamson County Jail under a $1 million bail. It wasn’t immediately apparent whether he had filed a plea or hired a lawyer to represent him.
According to many neighbors, the family was leasing the Georgetown home off Gabriel View Dr.
Although neighbors claim to have had little contact with the family, Lindsey Quinones was recently seen searching the area for the family dog.
People who know the family have received an outpouring of solidarity on social media. They call Lindsey a dedicated worker, a fantastic friend, and a sister. Social media also suggests that the family may have another kid. There is “discussion of other children,” according to Roland Waits, assistant police chief in Georgetown, but he has no further information.
Quinones managed to escape the scene, but police have not said how. They discovered an access road behind the home, which the neighbors believe could have been the route.
This investigation is still ongoing and is still developing.