39-year-old Rosenberg jail inmate second one to die in two months

- “He was a wonderful man he was very well liked,” Juanita Velasquez said through her tears.

Velasquez says her husband Robert was alive and well Friday night when he called the police to their Rosenberg apartment.

“I just heard a confrontation with him and someone else,” she said.

Rosenberg police arrested Robert Velasquez after they say they discovered he had an outstanding warrant out of Fort Bend County for failure to appear with an original charge of child neglect.

“I looked at him and I was like I love you he goes 'well, I love you more' and that was the last time I saw him,” Velasquez said.

Juanita says she spent hours on Saturday calling the Rosenberg jail to check on Robert.

She says she was told he would be transferred to the Fort Bend County Jail.

She would later learn Robert was found unresponsive in his cell at 8:14 Saturday morning.

According to Rosenberg police Velasquez was pronounced dead about an hour later at a local hospital.

“I have a right to know what happened to him,” Velasquez said.

Robert Velasquez’s death comes on the heels of another death in the Rosenberg jail.

In October 33-year-old Joseph Gunter was also found unresponsive in his Rosenberg jail cell.

Police say Gunther hanged himself with his belt which they admit he should not have had.

However Gunther’s family doesn’t believe his death was a suicide.

The Fort Bend County DA’s office and the Texas Rangers are continuing to investigate Gunther’s death.

Now there’s a second family consumed by questions begging for answers.

“I just want him to come home,” said a sobbing Juanita Velasquez.

A Rosenberg police lieutenant tells FOX 26 they are awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact cause of Velasquez’s death.

He tells us the 39-year-old man did have some underlying medical issues but the Texas Rangers and the Fort Bend County DA’s office will be investigating. 

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