Tip helps Texas police nab career criminal wanted for double-homicide of elderly residents

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Source: Lufkin polie

Sep. 19 2021, Published 4:36 p.m. ET

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A man wanted in connection to the double-murder of an elderly couple in Texas has been arrested, police said.

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Michael "Mike" Rodriguez, 28, of Lufkin, was arrested on Sept. 18 after a tip from a tip line helped police find his location, according to Lufkin police.

Rodriguez was wanted for capital murder in the deaths of Carolyn Price, 68, and Cecil Sheffield, 77, of Lufkin. A family member found the couple dead in their home on Sept. 16, according to Lufkin Police.

Investigators have released few details about how the couple was killed or if Rodriguez knew the elderly victims before the alleged slaying.

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"We would like to sincerely thank the person who provided the tip and the public for tirelessly sharing his photo and information over the past day," police wrote on social media in announcing the arrest.

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Rodriguez has a history of violence with 18 prior Angelina County, Texas, arrests on charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, engaging in organized criminal activity, possession of a controlled substance, assault/family violence, and DWI, Lufkin Police said in a statement.

"He is a violent criminal," Communications Director for the City of Lufkin Jessica Pebsworth told KLTV 7 News.

"He has a violent criminal history."

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