BELLAIRE, Texas – The Bellaire Police Department said a man has admitted to using GPS trackers to track his wife to a store before luring her away and assaulting her.
Axel Roberto Colindres has since been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault/family violence.
He appeared in court Thursday morning and released on bond, which was totaled at $100,000. During his court appearance, Colindres was told to have no contact with his wife following the incident.
On Monday at 5:24 a.m., police responded to a possible abduction and shooting at the El Ahorro Supermarket in the 5800 block of Bissonnet. Investigators said they learned a woman had been allegedly kidnapped by her husband from the supermarket the night before.
Investigators said while the woman was leaving the area, she was allegedly assaulted, strangled, and shot by her husband, Colindres, who then dropped her off at a hospital in Kingwood.
Officers said they were able to use a license plate reader to track down Colindres and arrest him.
While questioning Colindres, investigators said he admitted to tracking his wife with a GPS tracker, kidnapping and shooting her. Investigators said he also led officers back to the area where he hid the weapon used in the shooting.
“Alarm bells should be going off that this person had a history of domestic violence,” said JEM Wellness and Counseling, Trauma Therapist, Chau Nguyen. “This is one of those cases when you hear about these stories, you’re not surprised.”
The July 17 incident that Bellaire police said escalated outside the supermarket isn’t the first time Colindres has found himself in trouble with the law. DPS records show a lengthy criminal history. Court records show he was also involved in another aggravated assault against a family member with his wife back in 2019. That case was said to have been dismissed after the witness refused to testify.
“That’s what we call a predictor to intimate partner violence. When we know something, we can do better. That it becomes not just a private affair but spills out into the public domain,” Nguyen said.
While situations like financial dependency or kids in an abusive relationship may make those predictors hard to walk away from, Nguyen said they’re not so hard to spot.
“Stalking, tracking your GPS on your phone, looking at your text messages, jealousy, rage, anger. These are all common signs and red flags,” she said.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 76% of women murdered by an intimate partner were stalked first; 85% of women who survived murder attempts were stalked.
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