Once again Lubbock authorities prove this city is no hiding place for fugitives. On Wednesday U.S. Marshal's made two arrests that could help solve a murder investigation out of Dallas.
There are still many questions surrounding the arrest of 20-year-old Joseph Campa and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Vanessa Gonzales. But here's what we do know.
Police suspect the pair was involved in a murder at a North Dallas gas station on May 15th, 2006. Dallas Police tell us that is where 33-year-old Silverio Estrada was shot and killed. They believe Estrada saw a man and woman fighting and tried to help. That's when Campa allegedly shot Estrada. Further details about the murder are sketchy, but Campa and Gonzales are both considered suspects.
On Tuesday, Lubbock County authorities received a lead from the DFW Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team - or FAST. FAST believed the suspects were hiding out in the Lubbock area. After investigating throughout the night, U.S. Marshal's - with help from DSP and Fisheries and Wildlife - arrested Campa at a house in Lubbock.
Hours later Gonzales was arrested at the same location. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and are being held at the Lubbock County Jail.
Campa and Gonzales are expected to be questioned here in Lubbock before being taken back to Dallas County. We're told that Vanessa Gonzales has family here in Lubbock, but both believed to be from the Dallas area. As of Wednesday evening both suspects have been charged and are awaiting their bond hearing.
Lubbock authorities are on a hot streak when it comes to catching fugitives. Last week, authorities found Tabrodrick Craddock hiding in a central Lubbock home. Craddock was accidentally released from a Huntsville prison, in May. Now he is preparing to finish out a five year federal sentence for weapons charges.
Another accused killer drove 1,100 miles to get away from Georgia police, but ended up turning himself in here in Lubbock. Kelsey Ruth was wanted for the June 13th shooting death of his ex-girlfriend Tai Morgan. Morgan found dead in her Decatur, Georgia home, shot in the head. Ruth remains in the Lubbock County Jail, awaiting transport to Georgia.
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