Texas cops nab 2 suspects in murder of Filipino nurse

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PEARLAND, Texas—Police on Friday (Oct. 4) arrested Damien Lucas Salinas, 23, of Houston, and charged him with the murder of Filipino nurse Juanario “John” Rosas, who was found beaten to death in his bedroom.

Police earlier arrested Courtney Grace King, 22, a Houston woman reported to be the suspect’s girlfriend. The suspects were nabbed a day apart five days after Pearland police found the bloodied Rosas, 51, dead in his home in the 4800 block of Pinder St. at around 9 p.m.

Rosas’ co-workers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center had asked the police to do a check on him after he failed to show up for work. Investigators were led to the suspects by a cell phone they accidentally left at the crime scene.

King was picked up by cops for questioning Thursday (Oct. 10) and subsequently charged with felony tampering with evidence and arson in connection with Salinas’ death.

Grieving friends and relatives say Rosas was a cheerful and friendly person with no known enemies.

Before leaving the crime scene, the suspects reportedly tried to eliminate the evidence by attempting to burn Rosas’ home.

Friends of Rosas, who declined to reveal their identities, told Balitang America that some of Salinas’ belongings and valuables were missing

They said relatives found that among the missing items were two big-screen TVs, an iPad and jewelry.

Balitang America’s JV Villar reported that Rosas’ remains will be cremated next week and sent to relatives in Chicago. His ashes will then be sent to his family in the Philippines.

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  • walaywalay

    FUNNY THAT WITH ALL THE MURDERS THAT HAPPEN IN THE RP EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT THE ONLY ONES TO HIT THE PRINT ARE THOSE INVOLVING FOREIGNERS—IS THIS DONE BY ORDER OF THE POPE?

    • JK1000

      Idiot ! You’re a total istupid person.

      • walaywalay

        WHO WOULD EXPECT AN ILLITERATE, SUCH AS YOURSELF, TO NOT TAKE NOTICE OF SOMETHING SO FAR BEYOND THEIR COMPREHENSION LEVEL, SUCH AS READING, THEN BEING ABLE TO EXPLAIN WHAT THEY HAVE READ TO THEIR COMPATRIOTS?

      • Diepor

        Go play with your friends, dont insult the grown ups.

    • walaywalay

      In 2012, the average monthly crime rate in the National Capital Region
      for every population of 100,000 was 38.57 percent, according to data
      from the PNP

      MORE THAN DOUBLED

      The average monthly crime rate in the National Capital Region in
      February 2013 was 75.41 percent for every population of 100,000,
      according to the PNP

      • ed_nique

        are you sure it’s 38.57% (2012) and 75.41% (2013) for every 100,000?
        that’s 38,570 crimes/100,000 for 2012 and 75,410 crimes/100,000 for 2013!
        that’s scary!!!!

  • doubting tomas

    King was picked up by cops for questioning Thursday (Oct. 10) and subsequently charged with felony tampering with evidence and arson in connection with Salinas’ death.

    Felony tampering with evidence and arson ???

    What about accessory to commit murder ??

    • Diepor

      She was not part of the murder but part of covering it up.
      Got it?

      • doubting tomas

        I believe I said accessory TO murder.

      • Diepor

        yes you did, it’s not the same as to cover up a murder after it happened. If you are accessory to murder you help in the planning or execution of the murder. If you try to help to cover up after the crime it’s tampering with evidence.

      • doubting tomas

        Whatever you say Perry Mason.

    • roxycheeks

      It’s a typical prosecutorial conduct in the US to charge a suspect with the least yet compelling crime just to extend the 24 hour hold on suspects pending investigation results. Most definitely she will be charged with murder-1 as well just to scare her and then will be offered a plea deal to stand witness against her boyfriend.

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