Suspected serial killer lived in halfway house in Fifth Ward

- Suspected serial killer, Jose Rodriguez, lived in a halfway house in 2400 block of Pannell Street since March. 

Rodriguez, 46, is accused of going on a deadly crime spree and killing three people since Friday, July 13.

Theresa Williams was Rodriguez's landlord. 

"Something happened that set him off. I don’t know what it is. I wish I knew," Williams told FOX 26. 

She says she last saw Rodriguez about two weeks ago when he was leaving with his clothes in baskets. She recalls he told her that he was going to do laundry but never came back.

"Had I had known that he was moving out then and he was going through a situation, I would have talked to him," Williams added.

She says she cried when she learned about the crimes Rodriguez was accused of committing since he left.

"I did try to call him. He didn’t answer me. He didn’t answer my phone call," she added. She hoped that if she talked to him, she could convince him to turn himself in.

Rodriguez was paroled after serving 25 years for burglary and aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon and serving part of a 10 year sentence for auto theft. He was first sent to a halfway house in Dallas County because of Hurricane Harvey. In December, he transferred to Harris County. 

Williams says she picked Rodriguez up in March from the Southeast Texas Transitional Center in Houston. She says he was a quiet man, a responsible tenant who even volunteered for extra chores, and she never felt unsafe around him.

"No, never, never. I trust my life with him," she said emotionally.

"I didn’t know he was so close to us," said Gregory Young who lives across the street from the halfway house.

He says he had never seen Rodriguez and only learned Monday that an accused serial killer lived right under his nose.

"If I knew he was up there on that corner, I definitely would have turned him in," Young added.

Williams says she does not know what Rodriguez ties were to the north Houston and Cypress area where police say he carried out his crimes.

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