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Public Safety News
Houston Police Department
News Release
Monday, August 22, 2011

Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a woman at 4701 Anderson #227 about 12:15 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 20).

The suspect, Francisco Arzate (H/m, DOB: 12-3-75), is charged with capital murder in the 232nd State District Court.  He is wanted in the killing of Guillermo Pineda Valdez, 63, of the above address, and the wounding of Valdez's wife, Maria G. Valdez, 55.  Both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds.  A photo of suspect Arzate, who also goes by the name Francisco Abalos, is attached to this news release. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R.D. Chandler and Officer M.J. Miller reported:

Suspect Arzate is the ex common-law husband of the Valdezes' daughter.  Arzate and the couple's daughter recently split up after a 10-year relationship and five children.  The suspect has a history of violence with the Valdezes' daughter.

On Friday (Aug. 19), Arzate called his ex-wife and told her he was suffering so he would make her suffer too.  Arzate, believing his ex-wife was seeing another man, kicked open the front door to the Valdezes' trailer and shouted that he was going to kill everybody.  Arzate then opened fire on Guillermo Valdez after Mr. Valdez emerged from his bedroom to find out what all of the commotion was about.  Once Mr. Valdez went down, Arzate then continued firing shots at Valdez's wife, Maria, who was struck multiple times, but so far has managed to survive her wounds.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of suspect Francisco Arzate is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.




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