Arlington Police investigate after two bodies are found behind a house in the 200 block of Burton Drive. A severed head was found nearby on Saturday. rmallison@star-telegram.com
Arlington Police investigate after two bodies are found behind a house in the 200 block of Burton Drive. A severed head was found nearby on Saturday. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Arlington

Second suspect arrested in Arlington beheading, double slaying

September 07, 2017 5:02 PM

ARLINGTON

A second suspect wanted in the killing of two people who were found buried in a shallow grave in Arlington — including one with a severed head — was arrested at a home in Fort Worth on Thursday, police announced.

Hector “El Cholo” Acosta-Ojeda, 28, had been described by police as armed and “extremely dangerous.”

Investigators received a tip and then tracked Acosta-Ojeda to the Fort Worth home, where U.S. marshals arrested him without incident about 3 p.m., said Lt. Chris Cook, police spokesman.

Further details about his arrest were not released.

Iris Chirinos, 17, was identified as one of the people found buried in the shallow grave behind a home in the 200 block of Burton Drive in Arlington on Monday. Chirinos died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office ruled.

Authorities have not released the identity of a male whose body was found buried along with Chirinos, a former Sam Houston High School student who dropped out in April.

Witnesses have indicated to police that the body is that of Chirinos’ boyfriend, known as “Diablo.”

Police uncovered the bodies two days after a severed head and a note were found near a walking trail in a wooded area west of East Sanford and Truman streets.

The head is believed to be Diablo’s.

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

Mariano Sanchez-Pina, 18, was arrested and jailed Saturday on suspicion of murder in the case. He was transferred to the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, where his bail was set at $50,000 on a murder charge and $1,000 on a drug possession charge.

Acosta-Ojeda was likely to be booked into the Arlington Jail later Thursday, Cook said.

This article contains information from the Star-Telegram archives

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