Severed head leads to two bodies discovered at Arlington home

The head was found over the weekend. Police believe the gruesome murders may be drug-related.
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The head was found over the weekend. Police believe the gruesome murders may be drug-related.


Suspect in Arlington beheading remains at large; one victim identified

By Deanna Boyd

September 06, 2017 03:22 PM


One of two bodies found inside a shallow grave behind an Arlington home Monday following the earlier discovery of a severed head was identified Wednesday as 17-year-old Iris Chirinos, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

The search continues for a 28-year-old man suspected in the gruesome slayings of the teen and a man who witnesses have indicated to police was her boyfriend, a man known as “Diablo” whose identity has not been released.

Arlington police Lt. Chris Cook said the department has fielded several tips through social media, Crime Stoppers and on a special tip line for people who may have information about the whereabouts of suspect Hector “Cholo” Acosta-Ojeda.

So far, though, the tips have not panned out, he said.

“We believe the suspect was seen in Arlington on Monday and detectives feel that there is a strong possibility he could still be in the DFW area,” Cook said.

Acosta-Ojeda is being sought on a murder warrant in connection with the bodies found buried Monday afternoon in a shallow grave behind a home in the 200 block of Burton Drive where he had been living.

Hector Acosta-Ojeda
Arlington Police Department Courtesy

Police have said the man is armed and considered “extremely dangerous.”

Bond on the warrant is set at $1 million, Cook said.

The discovery came after a severed head — believed to belong to the male victim — was found Saturday along a man-made walking trail in a wooded area west of E. Sanford and Truman Streets, less than half-a-mile southwest of AT&T stadium.

Next to the head was a sign reading “La Raza Se Resreta y Faltan 4.” Loosely translated, the message intended appears to be “The race, or group, must be respected and there’s only four left.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Hector “Cholo” Acosta-Ojeda is asked to call 817-575-8823 or Crimes Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

The male victim had still not been positively identified as of Wednesday afternoon. The medical examiner’s office did not list an address or cause of death for Chirinos but Arlington school district officials confirm that she attended Sam Houston High School and dropped out in early April.

A second suspect, 18-year-old Mariano Sanchez-Pina, was arrested on an unrelated warrant Saturday for a pending attempted burglary charge. He remained in the Arlington jail Wednesday on suspicion of murder and possession of a controlled substance.

Mariano Sanchez-Pina
Arlington Police Department Courtesy

Acosta-Ojeda’s parents died in July 2014 in a murder-suicide in Arlington.

According to police, Hector Acosta had walked into a hair salon in the 1100 block of East Abrams Street where his estranged wife, Maria Ojeda, worked. Ojeda cut Acosta’s hair, he got up to leave, but then asked her to come out the salon’s back patio door because he needed to tell her something.

Police say an argument ensued and witnesses reported seeing Ojeda running back into the business chased by Acosta, who had a gun in his hand.

The chase continued back outside into an alleyway behind a nearby restaurant, where Acosta shot Ojeda multiple times before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Ojeda, 46, died at the scene. Acosta, 50, died a couple of hours later at an area hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd