Police in Texas have arrested a man in connection with two m*rders and say they are reopening several cold cases they believe are related to the man after he was on the run for ki!!ing an 8-year-old girl in the 1980s. Police claim that when they arrested Raul Meza Jr. this week, he told them he was “looking forward” to ki!!ing again.
Austin police announced on Tuesday that 62-year-old Meza was arrested on Monday in connection with the deαths of Jesse Fraga and Gloria Lofton. On Wednesday, he was still being held in jail on charges that include capital m*rder.
According to the Travis County Clerk’s Office, Russell Hunt is Meza’s legal counsel. Hunt stated they had just received the case and were still reviewing the facts, declining further comment.
You might also find it interesting to check out the tweet that CBS Austin provided, which can be found further down on this page:
Neighbors of Gloria Lofton are reacting to the news of her suspected killer being in police custody. She was killed in 2019 but her murder was ruled ‘undetermined’ until Raul Meza Jr. called police and admitted to her murder.https://t.co/0DcD2ecBbu
— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) June 1, 2023
Meza, 80, was Meza’s roommate, and on May 23 police in Pflugerville, Texas, said they were looking for him in connection with Fraga’s deαth. On May 20th, after his family and friends had been worried about his whereabouts for several days, police conducted a wellness check and discovered Fraga’s body.
On May 23, Meza allegedly called the police in Austin to confess to the m*rder of Fraga. Police claimed he provided information that was not publicly available, but they did not elaborate.
Austin police have called Meza a “serial killer” and the “worst of the worst,” according to KEYE-TV, a CBS affiliate.
According to the police report, Meza blamed himself for Lofton’s deαth in 2019. He didn’t mention her name but the street where she was m*rdered.
Lofton, 66, d!ed from strangulation.
Meza admitted to the rαpe and m*rder of Kendra Paige, 8, whose body was discovered behind an Austin elementary school, and entered a guilty plea in 1982. Meza, sentenced to 30 years in pr!son for this crime but only served 11 years, told KEYE-TV that he had changed his ways since his release.
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Meza was on parole at the time of the girl’s m*rder for the robbery of a convenience store where he shot and permanently injured a man.
Detective Katie Conner of the Austin Police Department said in a news conference on Tuesday that eight to ten cold cases dating back to 1996 are being looked into as potentially connected to Meza, and the number could increase.
Although she did not go into further detail, she claimed that there were no apparent connections between the victims and that the cases “fit the circumstances” they were considering.
When apprehended, Meza had a backpack with zip ties, a flashlight, duct tape, and a. 22-caliber pistol with extra rounds.
“Meza said he was ready and prepared to kill again and looking forward to it,” Austin Police Department detective Patrick Reed said.
Residents of Texas cities large and small protested when he moved there after being released on parole in connection with the girl’s m*rder.
He was compelled to leave El Paso, San Antonio, Wichita Falls, Mineral Wells, and Sweetwater.
He was locked up once more after moving to the country in Uvalde County, west of San Antonio, to live with his grandparents, his family, who claimed he had verbally abused them.
Bruce Mills, Austin’s assistant city manager and the police investigator on the case of the 8-year-old girl, “somebody made a bad decision 41 years ago and let this guy for whatever reason manipulate the system and justice was not served.”
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