Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Liberty County Sheriff’s Investigator Sean Mitchell has advised that the gray Ford pick-up truck originally thought to be what the suspect used to leave in is in the Sheriffs Department custody. The wanted suspect, Jose Marin Soriano has now switched vehicles. He is now thought to be driving a relatives black 2009 Honda Accord, Texas License plate number NDD 7500. If Soriano is seen, do not attempt to approach him but to call the Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500 immediately as Soriano is considered armed and dangerous. Also a reminder that a “tip” to the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP 7867 may result in a cash reward and the caller will remain anonymous. There is no new updates .
An unbelievable event Saturday night in Liberty County. Liberty County sheriffs captain Ken Defoor reports the department received a frantic 911 call just after 6 pm Saturday evening. The female caller said she was chained to a bed while her friend was killed in a car outside. Deputies rushed to the home on CR 3415 in North Liberty county, where they found a female dead in a burned out vehicle across the road from the residence. Inside the home, deputies found another female chained at the ankle and a rope tied around her neck. The home is located in the Rancho San Vicente Sub-Division in north Liberty County. According to preliminary information, it appears that both women worked as house cleaners for 59 year old Jose Marin Soriano who lives at the residence on CR 3415. It is reported that Soriano claimed to have 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 unclear how Mr. Soriano came to have possession of the alleged photos..
When the two women arrived at the home, he allegedly puled a gun, chained one woman to the bed and sexually assaulted the woman. Evidently in an attempt to escape the house, the deceased female got into her vehicle and attempted leave but the car crashed into the woods across the street from Soriano’s home. For some unknown reason the vehicle caught fire and the woman 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 this cell phone the rape victim used to call the Sheriff’s dispatcher.
Captain Defoor said Soriano fled the scene in a Gray Ford pick-up truck. He is thought to be 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 woman 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.