HOUSTON — A manhunt that started last April has ended with the capture of Noe Aranda. A small army of law enforcement officers gathered outside a northwest Harris County home Thursday after learning Aranda was holed up inside.
He tried to make a run for it when he bolted through the front door and jumped a couple of fences, but he didn't make it far.
The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force teamed up with HPD's SWAT team to make the arrest.
More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants were also inside the house. It's not clear if Aranda was their coyote or if he was just hiding out with them.
Neighbors were shocked to learn an alleged dangerous criminal had been living among them.
"Are you serious?" asked Kay Horace. "Oh my God."
Aranda shot two women last week inside a car on the Katy Freeway, according to court documents. One of the women jumped from the car and survived. The other victim was thrown onto the Katy Freeway and hit by several passing cars. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Aranda had been on the run since April when he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase with his four children in the car. The children were eventually dropped off unharmed at a relatives house a week later but Aranda was never caught.
Pearland police had been looking for Aranda since last year when he led them on a high-speed chase through a graveyard.
Aranda is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Katy Freeway shootings.
The survivor described the terrifying ordeal to police last week as she recovered in Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Yadira Reynosa said she and her friend, Cristina Hernandez, were traveling with Aranda in a blue Dodge Magnum on October 11 when he began to act strangely.
Reynosa was driving and Aranda was in the front passenger seat. Hernandez was riding in the back.
All of a sudden, Aranda pulled out a 9 mm handgun, turned toward Hernandez and shot her several times, Reynosa said. Hernandez begged Reynosa to tell her children that she loved them as she lay bleeding in the back seat.
Aranda then opened fire on his Reynosa, his girlfriend. He shot Reynosa in the leg and hand while she was driving, and then told her to speed up.
In fear for her life, she sped up as instructed, then slammed on the brakes and dove out of the vehicle in the 20900 block of the Katy Freeway.
Aranda got behind the wheel and continued driving.
Witnesses saw the Dodge weaving in and out of traffic in the 24000 block of the Katy Freeway, then saw a body thrown from the moving vehicle. Before anyone could help Hernandez, she was struck by several vehicles.
Aranda later crashed into the back of a flatbed truck in Brookshire. He bailed out of the vehicle and vanished.
This was not his first run-in with the law. On April 11, Arenda a led police on a high-speed chase while his four children were in a truck with him.
On that day, Aranda was riding with the kids and their mother, Ivonne Perez, in a Ford F-150 along the Southwest Freeway at Club Creek. Perez was 8 months pregnant at the time and, just like Reynosa, was driving when Aranda lost his temper. Witnesses called police to report he was beating her inside the truck.
Perez pulled over when she saw the flashing lights, and she was pushed her out of the vehicle by Aranda. He then jumped into the driver’s seat and sped off with the children, police said.
Aranda managed to lose police that day while the community frantically searched for the kids. An Amber Alert was issued but the children didn't turn up until a week later.
Aranda was charged with endangering a child, assaulting a family member and evading arrest for that incident.