A Corpus Christi man was murdered by a coworker in Three Rivers, and now Texas Rangers are on the hunt for the suspect, now believed to be in the Houston area.
The homicide began in the hotel parking lot of the Best Western in Three Rivers, and ended with the death of a man in the hotel lobby.
Police said it was around 6 p.m. Wednesday when a man, now identified as 24-year old Nicholas Letroy Jenkins, purchased a weapon and bleach at a convenience store across the street from the Best Western Hotel.
Three Rivers Police Chief Vance Roberts said his officers discovered the body of 22-year old Rafael Garcia of Corpus Christi on the floor of the hotel lobby, dead from a knife wound. The chief explained what he believes happened.
"It actually happened here in the parking lot. Down basically where you see the white Ford pickup truck is basically where the stabbing took place," Roberts said. "Once he was stabbed, he was able to go to the sidewalk, make his way up into the lobby, where he collapsed on the lobby floor and basically bled out."
Police said that Jenkins, after stabbing Garcia for reasons unknown, washed himself with the bleach and returned to work. A short time later, he fled to Houston where local police believe he set his truck on fire.
Both men were contractors working at the Three Rivers Valero plant.
Police have determined that Jenkins shaved his head upon arrival in Houston and that he is known to have gang ties. Investigators still have found no motive for the killing.
Garcia was married and leaves behind a wife and child in Corpus Christi.
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