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Two Illegal Immigrants Charged in Cinco Ranch Murder


July 21, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives have arrested two El Salvadoran Nationals after a month-long investigation of a Cinco Ranch murder. Both suspects have been charged with murder and are being held in Fort Bend County on $1 million bonds, and immigration holds.

Photo courtesy: FBCSO

Cinco Ranch Resident Shot and Killed in June

On June 20, 2021 Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call from a Cinco Ranch subdivision at Westheimer Parkway and Fall Branch. They found a male victim who had been thrown from a moving vehicle on Westheimer Parkway.

The victim, now identified as 27-year-old Selvin Pereira, a National of El Salvador was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Pereira lived in Katy at an apartment complex in Cinco Ranch.

Two Teenage Immigrants Arrested

After a month-long investigation, two teenage El Salvadoran Nationals have been arrested and charged with the murder of Pereira.

Suspects Gabriela Estefany Cruz-Pineda,19, and Marcos Noe Cortez-Zetino, 19 lived in Houston at the time of the Katy murder.

They have been charged with murder and are being held in Fort Bend County on $1 million bond, and immigration holds.

An immigration hold is put on undocumented or illegal immigrants.

“A brutal crime like this has no place in our community,” says Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan. “I applaud the dedication of our Deputies and Detectives and their relentless pursuit leading to the arrest of these individuals.”

FBCSO Detectives conducted the investigation, which is still ongoing. They believe that the two suspects planned to rob Pereira and he was shot and killed in the process.

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office will review the case which may result in the upgrading of the charge from murder to capital murder.



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