Pasadena, TX – A man accused of kidnapping and murdering the mother of his infant daughter was apprehended in Mexico by a fugitive task force on Oct. 6.
Daniel Chacon, 30, was arrested in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, as part of a collaborative effort between the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), KTRK reported.
The accused killer was taken into custody at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.
“Our officers and the federal agencies worked tirelessly through the night to negotiate directly with him for a safe surrender at the Laredo Port of Entry,” the Pasadena Police Department (PPD) told KTRK in a statement.
Chacon has been charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend, 38-year-old Maira Gutierrez, KHOU reported.
Gutierrez is the mother of Chacon’s five-month-old daughter.
According to court documents, Gutierrez went to Chacon’s apartment near Beltway 8 and Red Bluff Road on Oct. 3 to visit her daughter, KHOU reported.
Shortly before 10 a.m., Chacon allegedly forced Gutierrez into her own vehicle at gunpoint, took her phone, and called her ex-husband on Snapchat, police said.
Gutierrez’ ex-husband told investigators Chacon pointed the camera at Gutierrez, who was sitting in the front seat, KHOU reported.
“What’s up?” Chacon allegedly said, before swearing at him and hanging up the phone.
Gutierrez’ ex-husband said he immediately dialed her number to try to reach her, but that no one picked up, KHOU reported.
Investigators said two witnesses saw the armed kidnapping take place, according to KHOU.
According to court documents, Chacon was allegedly seen walking into a Jack in the Box restaurant approximately 40 minutes after the kidnapping.
Investigators said he used Gutierrez’ cell phone to call his current girlfriend, KHOU reported.
Chacon allegedly asked her if the police had come by, then said he was sorry for everything and hung up on her, police said.
He later showed up at his uncle’s house on foot and told him he’d “f—ked up,” according to KTRK.
Chacon’s uncle allegedly told police that one day earlier, his nephew said he was considering harming Gutierrez.
“I think I am going to have to kill this girl,” Chacon allegedly told his uncle, according to court documents.
The uncle contacted police after Chacon left his home on Oct. 3, KHOU reported.
Investigators subsequently found Gutierrez’s body inside her abandoned SUV on Cedar Crest Street at approximately 3 p.m.
She had been shot once in the head, according to court documents.
Police named Chacon as a suspect the following day, KHOU reported.
He had been the run for more than 48 hours by the time he was apprehended in Mexico.
Chacon was transferred to USMS custody before he was turned over to the Laredo Police Department (LPD), KHOU reported.
He was subsequently booked into the Webb County Jail, where he remained until Pasadena police took him into custody the following day.
ARRESTED: Daniel Chacon was arrested at the Mexico border last night and charged with aggravated kidnapping.
— Matthew Seedorff (@MattSeedorff) October 6, 2022
Chacon was booked into the Harris County Jail on Oct. 6 and was charged with capital murder on Friday.
His bond was set at $1 million, KHOU reported.
Chacon’s history of violence against women stretches back to at least 2012, according to KTRK.
He was previously convicted of assaulting his former common-law spouse on two occasions, as well as for violating a protective order.
In addition to the infant daughter he shared with Gutierrez, Chacon is also the father of three other children from a prior relationship, KTRK reported.
The Pasadena Police Department (PPD) said they had prior contact with Gutierrez and Chacon for domestic violence incidents that occurred during their “off-and-on” two-year relationship.
PPD Chief Josh Bruegger said officers spoke with the couple on Sept. 1, after Chacon called police claiming Gutierrez was driving while intoxicated with their daughter in the vehicle, KTRK reported.
Investigators determined that allegation was false.
Gutierrez allegedly told police during the investigation that several days prior, Chacon had assaulted her and that he had a gun at the time, KTRK reported.
Chief Bruegger said officers did not locate a firearm during a search of the apartment and that Gutierrez did not want to press charges against Chacon for the alleged assault.
Officers attempted to pursue charges against Chacon anyway, but the Harris County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the case, according to the chief.
Gutierrez contacted the PPD again on Sept. 14 after Chacon allegedly grabbed her by her hair and dragged her through his apartment when she stopped by to visit their daughter that day, KTRK reported.
She allegedly told investigators Chacon had assaulted her numerous times in the past.
Officers investigated the incident and attempted to locate the suspect, but were not immediately able to find him.
They contacted the Harris County District Attorney’s Office yet again about filing charges against Chacon, but prosecutors again refused to pursue the case and referred the matter to family violence investigators, KTRK reported.
“We took this very (seriously) from the beginning,” Chief Bruegger said. “We have to have victims’ cooperation throughout the process and the decisions are made based on evidence.”
Gutierrez leaves behind three other children in addition to her five-month-old daughter.
A fundraising campaign established to help her family in the wake of her murder has raised more than $18,600 so far.