In connection with the shooting death of Lindsey Quinones, 31, inside her Georgetown home on December 27, Ricardo Quinones, 38, has been charged with murder.
Authorities claim that a Texas man killed his estranged wife after breaking into her house and their teenage daughter managed to escape through 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 said in the post that they were called to the house 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 claimed her father, who was dressed in all black and a ski mask, woke her up by shining a flashlight in her face.
The woman 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 by 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 met by policemen who had barged in after hearing two gunshots at around three in the morning, according to CBS Austin.
KXAN reports, based on the affidavit, that Lindsey was found dead, while Ricardo reportedly drove away in her green pickup. The outlet claims one police fired at him when he ran from the house, although it is unclear if he was hit.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that Ricardo was detained “without incident” at around 11 a.m. in a parking lot in Columbus after a state trooper had told them that a vehicle matching the description of a murder suspect was heading east on I-10.
According to court documents acquired by KXAN, he allegedly told police, “it didn’t matter anymore, he was going to prison anyhow because he lost his mind that morning and the gun was in his truck.” Inside the car, the police found a gun.
Reports from various sources indicate that Ricardo is currently being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $1 million bond. No one knew right away if he had filed a plea or hired an attorney to represent him.
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