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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to officials with the Houston Police Department, a suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman found dead at T.C. Jester Park.

HPD stated that 30-year-old Jessie Blanco was apprehended and charged with the murder of of Melissa Chavez, 28.

Officials with HPD’s Homicide Division released the following details about the crime: “Ms. Chavez was discovered in T.C. Jester Park at the above address. Officers discovered she and Blanco were involved in a dispute in which Blanco physically assaulted Chavez. Blanco struck Chavez with his vehicle numerous times and then fled in his vehicle, a white Pontiac Vibe. Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Jessie Blanco (credit: Houston Police Department)

Jessie Blanco
(credit: Houston Police Department)

HPD further stated that it was an anonymous tip that led to the arrest of Blanco. Chavez’s body was found around 3 a.m. Monday at T.C. Jester Park located on T.C. Jester. Her murder was captured on video by a surveillance camera mounted on a nearby home; the video provided officials with graphic yet detailed information of her murder. Based upon preliminary viewing of the camera, it appears that Chavez was struck by a car in what police suspect was a domestic dispute.

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