Man charged in murder of Zoe Campos has history of violence agai

Man charged in murder of Zoe Campos has history of violence against women

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Carlos Rodriquez, 25, photo: Lubbock Co Detention Cntr Carlos Rodriquez, 25, photo: Lubbock Co Detention Cntr
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Five years after her disappearance, police charge 25-year-old Carlo Rodriquez in the murder of Zoe Campos.

Campos, 18 at the time was supposed to pick up her mother from work but she never showed up. A few days later an unknown man was spotted driving Campos' car which was later found abandoned. 

Search crews scoured the area near Lowrey Field, the area her phone last pinged. 

Now the Campos family is closer to knowing what happened to Zoe.

"We were able to develop more information and began to dig in a different part of the yard and earlier this evening we did uncover what are human remains," said LPD Chief Greg Stevens. 

Last week those new leads brought investigators to a home near 70th and Sherman Ave. 

They found a bone but Stevens said that it turned out not to be human.

Police brought an inmate to that same home on Friday to assist in finding any other clues. At the time police said that inmate was doing time for a crime unrelated to the Campos case.

“We searched several locations," Stevens said. "We talked to a number of different people. In the last couple of weeks we've developed more information. Our detectives have painstakingly looked over this case from so many different angles and we've been able to develop the information to lead us to where we're at right now."

Saturday morning investigators charged Rodriquez with Campos' murder. 

Rodriquez has a history of criminal activity including violence against women.

He was charged with assault in June of 2013, just five months prior to Zoe's disappearance. 

Investigators reported Rodriquez punched the victim several times in the face, tossed her on a bed, climbed on top of her and pinned her down then started kissing her neck. His arrest warrant indicated the victim succeeded in fighting Rodriquez off; then he left.

Other charges include evading arrest, burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a habitation, theft, criminal mischief and making terroristic threats against a public servant. 

He is currently serving a four year sentence for stalking. 

Court documents indicate he abused a girlfriend in November of 2017. When she tried to end the relationship, he became violent. An affidavit showed the victim telling police Rodriquez said he would kill her and anyone she's dating. The victim also told investigators Rodriquez texted her a video of her mother's house saying "maybe in time we find each other or die (one by one)."

Rodriquez is currently held at the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond. 

The medical examiner must still confirm the identity of the remains found. 

LPD is expected to hold a press conference in the coming days to provide an update on the case.

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