Dallas Cops Track Down Murder Suspect Using Phone Number He Gave to a Woman at the Bar

Categories: Crime

SmithsDriveInMurder.jpg
Angel Rodriguez-Padilla, Pedro Rios-Aguilar and Juan Pineda
There are some murders that are so carefully planned that police spend months or years trying to piece together clues. There are others in which the suspected killers, through carelessness or lack of foresight, practically walk themselves into the jail cell.

The slaying of 31-year-old Jose Orta-Sanchez is decidedly in the latter camp. The man police say shot him at Smith's Drive-In in South Dallas on the night of December 4 pulled the trigger in full view of a surveillance camera. Plus, one of his accomplices gave his phone number to a Smith's employee he was trying to hook up with, leading police straight to his East Dallas apartment.

Juan Carlos Pineda, 28, had actually moved since he had gotten the phone, but not very far. When investigators showed a photograph to the complex manager, they said Pineda had relocated from Apartment K to Apartment E, which is where they found him.

Pineda waived his Miranda rights, police say, and gave a full statement admitting to his role in the murder. He and two other friends had been at Smith's Drive-In that night and had gotten into a fight with another group of men. The brawl spilled into the parking lot, which is when one of his friends retrieved a shotgun from their car and shot Orta-Sanchez. Pineda admitted that he'd been the getaway driver.

Pineda also gave police the name and address of his friends, Pedro Rios-Aguilar, 32, and Angel Rodriguez-Padilla, 29. The cops tracked both men down on Sunday at their apartments. Rios-Aguilar admitted to being at the bar and pointing the shotgun at Orta-Sanchez, according to an arrest affidavit. Rodriguez-Padilla said he took the gun from Rios-Aguilar and pulled the trigger.

All three men are charged with murder.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.



Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
15 comments
schultzybeckett
schultzybeckett

I believe that consumers shouldn't have to scrutinize their bills to check for accuracy and honesty. Is the lure of tricking customers so strong that they cannot resist the temptation to engage in 'creative billing practices'? Is the billing department prone to making frequent mistakes? It must be possible for a company to offer a product or service, have us purchase it, bill us and have us pay what we owe without us having to 'read our bills closely'. Are you saying that you are not certain of the accuracy of your bills or is it our responsibility as consumers to catch you attempting to collect money on false charges? Why is there no trust?

schultzy @ http://www.contacttelephonenumbers.com/

roo_ster
roo_ster

George Bush was right.  Shooting some poor schmoe named Jose Orta-Sanchez is one job I never even thought of doing.  Luckily, we have these vibrant types to pick up the slack. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That was no woman.  That was Ruddski all fussed-up in drag.

ruddski
ruddski

Now taking bets on citizenship status....

lebowski300
lebowski300

Kudos to the police for going the extra effort not to assault the wrong apartment.

ruddski
ruddski

In reality, Juan Carlos was the leader, and they were attempting to rob Jose's hyphen.

ruddski
ruddski

Guy was hella tipper.

ruddski
ruddski

That's no hyphen, that's just a dash.

ruddski
ruddski

Methinks Jose Cuervo has yet more blood on his hands.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...