Man flees to Mexico after allegedly shooting woman who was found in burning car

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- The man accused of shooting a woman who was found in a burning car and chaining another woman to a bed inside a nearby home has fled to Mexico, Liberty County deputies said.

The woman, who had been found chained in Plum Grove, called 911 around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to investigators.

She told investigators she worked as a maid for 59-year-old Jose Soriano and that she and another maid went to his house after Soriano said he had revealing photos of her friend.

When authorities arrived, the woman said Soriano held them at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. She was found chained at the ankle with a rope tied around her neck.

She said her friend tried to get away but crashed during the escape.

Authorities said Soriano escaped in a gray Ford pickup. Deputies from the Liberty County Sheriff's Department believe Soriano crossed over the border into Mexico shortly after the murder.

Soriano's whereabouts in Mexico are unknown.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Liberty County Sheriff's Office at 936-336-4500.
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