Suspect wanted in murder of common-law wife near Jersey Village travels near US-Mexico border, HCSO says

HOUSTON – A man charged with the death of his common-law wife, whose body was discovered by family members in the couple’s apartment in Jersey Village, was arrested as he tried to flee the country, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Miguel Gallegos went to an entry point on the US-Mexico border. Gallegos, 23, has been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Jael Romans Gonzalez.

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On June 21, deputies were called to the 10000 block of North Eldridge Parkway near Highway 290 and Highway 6 around 9:52 a.m.

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Upon arrival, they found people performing CPR on an unresponsive woman. Emergency personnel arrived and took over, the woman was never resuscitated.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff Gonzalez said the woman was found “with signs of foul play.”

Family members told deputies they became concerned after Gonzalez and Gallegos failed to show up for a family function the day before.

After several attempts to contact them both by phone, family members went to the couple’s apartment and found it locked and secure. Using a spare key, deputies said the family entered the apartment and discovered Gonzalez in a bedroom with no answer. They were unable to locate Gallegos and noticed that one of the couple’s vehicles, a silver Nissan Altima with Texas license plate number LJN-3031, was missing.

The HCSO’s Homicide and Crime Scene Units conducted a follow-up investigation, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office accepted a criminal charge of murder against Gallegos. He remained on the run for just over two weeks until he was arrested by US Customs and Border Protection agents.

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He is currently being held in the Hidalgo County Jail pending extradition to Harris County.

“Excellent police work and cooperation. Our condolences go out to Jael’s family,” Gonzalez said.

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