Violent Felon Kills 2 Women Inside Texas Hospital Room
A repeat violent criminal is behind bars after just recently being released early from prison.
IMMENSE CRIMINAL HISTORY
30-year-old Nestor Hernandez has had a rocky criminal history. For the past decade, Hernandez has repeatedly been arrested for aggravated robbery, burglary, and the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
After serving 6 years in prison, he was released last year. His turbulent criminal history continued this year, as he was arrested in March and again in June.
Hernandez's girlfriend was in the hospital just days ago as she began to get ready to give birth. Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Amanda Hernandez confirmed Hernandez was permitted to be with his "significant other" at the hospital during her delivery.
When Hernandez arrived at the hospital to visit his girlfriend things quickly took a violent turn. He walked into her hospital room and began to 'strike her repeatedly in the head with a handgun,' said Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia.
DEATH THREATS AND GUNSHOTS
Hernandez accused his girlfriend of infidelity and after beating her with his handgun he began sending 'ominous' calls and text messages to his family. He then told his girlfriend 'they were both going to die' and warned that if anyone tried to stop him "they are going to die with us."
TWO WORKERS WERE SHOT AND KILLED
A 45-year-old social worker at the hospital, Jacqueline Pokuaa, came rushing into the room to help Hernandez's girlfriend with her wounds. However, Hernandez shot and killed Pokuaa as she entered.
Another woman, 63-year-old Katie Annette Flowers, heard gunfire and made her way toward the room to check it out. As she peeked inside she was shot and killed by Hernandez.
Hospital police Sgt. Robert Rangel saw Flowers get shot, and called for backup. As Hernandez went to reload his gun, Rangel shot him in the leg, and, after a standoff, police took Hernandez into custody.
"In my opinion, this is a failure of our criminal justice system," Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference.