Man Arrested For Death Of Girl Found In Carrollton

CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) –  The man who police had previously called a “person of interest” been arrested and charged with killing a 10-year-old Oklahoma City girl and dumping her body behind a home this weekend.

Jose Sifuentes is accused of stabbing and killing 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez. Since Sifuentes was in the country illegally, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had been detaining him as authorities conducted an investigation into the girl’s death.

Jasmen had come with her family from Oklahoma City and was visiting relatives at a Carrollton apartment complex, located in the 1300 block of Walnut Street. Investigators said Jasmen had been at a family gathering on Saturday evening, and that she had gone missing just before midnight.

At a Tuesday morning press conference Carrollton Police Department Lieutenant Doug Mitchell said, “Based on the interviews of the people that were in that apartment and the physical evidence that we have gathered it led to this individual [Sifuentes] as the suspect. And we believe that we’ve established probable cause. A judge in Dallas County believes that we have probable cause, so we asked for an arrest warrant and were granted one.”

Lt. Mitchell also said that to his knowledge Sifuentes, whose common-law-wife is Jasmen’s cousin, had not confessed to the murder but had been “evasive” with authorities.

When asked why the 23-year-old suspect had not been charged with capital murder Lt. Mitchell said, “The charge that he is charged with is the best charge for the evidence that we currently have.”

Among other things, charging Sifuentes with capital murder would have required proof of premeditation and made the death penalty an eligible punishment for the crime.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday confirmed that the girl died from a stab wound to the chest, and ruled the death a homicide. Concerning whether or not the girl had been sexually assaulted Lt. Mitchell said, “A lot of evidence still has to be analyzed and to my knowledge that determination has not been made.”

According to police documents, Jasmen was found in a manner consistent with sexual assault.

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Sifuentes allegedly had gone to the family gathering in Carrollton, as a guest of anther Gonzalez relative, and met Jasmen there.

Police now say after the family function, Sifuentes took Jasmen from the bedroom where she was sleeping and left through the rooms’ back door.

Her body was not found until Sunday afternoon, less than a third of a mile away from the apartment.

VIDEO: Oklahoma Teacher Reacts To Jasmen Gonzalez’s Death

Sifuentes was among several people at the family party who were questioned. “We did 12 interviews of people that were at this gathering and he just,” stated Mitchell. “I can’t give you all the details.”

Mitchell said that he did not have any attorney information for Sifuentes.

According to the warrant, a canine unit detected the odor of decaying human tissue near an SUV driven by Sifuentes. “I know that there was a weapon found in the SUV,” said Mitchell. “There’s things in there that we believe to be blood.”

Police have also executed searches at two Carrollton homes and three vehicles all believed to have ties in the girl’s abduction.

Lieutenant Mitchell said the murder of Jasmen Gonzalez was truly shocking. “I think that anytime a 10-year-old child is murdered it’s heinous. I don’t know anyway to describe it. I know that it has affected our community. I know that that neighborhood has been shaken.”

In addition to family members and party attendees, police initially questioned all of the 82 registered sex offenders living in Carrollton, but do not believe that any of them were involved in this case. “There’s nothing to indicate at this time… other than this individual acted alone,” said Mitchell. “We’re doing everything we can to reassure our citizens that they are safe, that this was not just some random act, that there is no predator out preying on children.”

As for the prosecution of Jose Sifuentes for murder, Lt. Mitchell said he feels good about the case and, “We still have a lot of work to do with this. It’s gonna take several days, weeks to put all this together and present to the Dallas County District Attorney.”

Sifuentes does have a criminal history but all of the offenses were non-violent. According to Lt. Mitchell, Sifuentes had also previously been deported from the United States.

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  • darrell

    dont you just love sanctuary cities, all of the liberal support groups illegals have, the true affection the obama administration has for them and all the joy and love they bring into our lives? why, they even have representation in all levels of our government now. yes, we are truely living in the greatest times of our society now. i just cant imagine how this country would be without liberals.

    • Diane

      Are all illegals rapists and murderers? No. Lumping everyone into the same category like that is like saying that all Americans are illiterate hicks (by looking at a single person that is very uneducated) or all Christians are terrorists (by just looking at that one guy in Norway who committed the mass murder at that youth camp). Also, don’t make the mistake of thinking that liberals support illegal immigration, because we don’t. We support immigration (legal) and the rights of those illegal immigrants who were brought here as children by their parents. Those illegals might only know the US as their home and should have some protection or rights because they did not come over here by their own free will.

      And if you want to imagine how this country would be without liberals, look at the middle east. They are all pretty conservative countries.

      • Diane

        I did. Maybe you should take your own advice. And don’t assume things about someone based on a group they might belong to (like race or religion or immigration status) because they are not all the same. I’m sorry if you can’t comprehend what I said or if you just don’t care about other people.

      • darrell

        you need to read and think about what you say before you post it.

      • Mel

        Diane, the point is they are illegal. They don’t belong in this country!!!!!!! Mexico got rid of their criminals and sent them over here!!!!! Also, conservative in the Middle East is not the same as conservative in the US. Where in the hell did you go to school? Mexico?

    • altha

      darrell, You forgot to mention Gov. Rick Perry that support the illegals with all his heart. Rick Perry have put into LAW they will be taken care of in the state of Texas, you did mention in your comment President Obama but you didn’t say anything about Rick Perry sending the illegals to school on your TAX dollars. (HYPOCRISY)

      • darrell

        i dont support perry or most of his policies but he isnt stupid. he really had no choice as a career politician except to cave in to hispanic special interests on at least some issues. 52% of all the children in public schools in texas are hispanic. after obama hyjacked the control of the 2010 census from the commerce department and put his then chief of staff ron emanuel in charge of it the goal was to increase the democratic voting base with the hispanic community. hispanics have now replaced african americans as the number two race politically in many states including texas. i cant blame perry for something that is clearly the fault of the obama administration.

      • mel

        Yea, that’s why I’m not voting for him either and I’m a republican. I want a wall built and I want all illegals deported when caught and I want companies fined for hiring them!!!!!!!!I want English the official language of the US and I want companies to stop printing everything in spanish. I’m not mexician. If their is a candidate out there who believes in that I’ll vote for him/her!!!!

  • VFW American

    We send our Prayers to the little girls parents and family.

    May God be with you all and your family.

  • A Mother's Revenge

    My prayers are with this little girl’s family….she’s already in heaven! All the woes and wickedness of this world are left behind. May the Lord hold them in the palm of His hand as they go through this horrible time in their lives!

    My wish for this pervert is that when he gets put away behind bars, someone in the prison will get “hold” of him and do to him what he did to this beautiful innocent child!

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  • kentex1146

    I hope that no one would jump to the conclusion that this dirt bag is an illegal alien. He was only be held by ICE on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.

    And no one else at the family gathering would be illegal either.

    • TNT

      Was your comment laced with heavy sarcasm or over-the-top absurdity?

      • kentex1146

        HEAVY SARCASM……..THE HEAVIEST.. I was blocked from commenting on the kdfw site for using the term ‘illegal alien’ last year regarding a similar incident involving a dirt bag from south of the border.

      • TNT

        Oh, good. I thought you were. You hit the nail on the head, by the way.

    • darrell

      the suspect has been confirmed as an illegal and has been deported before.
      however, thats perfectly ok. our government supports this type of cycle and lack of enforcement in its own laws. this administration depends on illegals to gain hispanic votes and financial support from legal hispanics. to the obama administration the preventable death of this child is just one more instance of “collateral damage” for the sake of winning elections.
      my heartfelt sympathies to the family of this child. it should never have happened.

      • Diane

        Darrell, he was trying to tell you to drop the “Hispanic” part of that. A “legal Hispanic” as you put it, is just an American. And if you were unaware of this because of Prick Perry’s lies, the national government is involved in border patrol and protection in Texas. The amount of involvement has gone up in recent years. Don’t believe what comes out of Perry’s mouth because he probably doesn’t know what he is talking about.

      • darrell

        i know what he was saying. and perry can take a flying leap. i have never supported him. im republican and im conservative, but im not stupid.

      • Mr. Garrison

        Tom, for the love of all that is decent and holy, go back to school and learn grammar and spelling. At least a GED or better, m’kay?

      • Tom Burnett

        “Legal Hispanics” the term is Americans, you idiot!! Does that make you a legal caucasion? The point here is a child has been murdered not about the etnictiy of the person that ommited the crime. A “man” has murdered a child does that makes sense to you? It was a “man” just like you Darrell. Read your statistics and see who commits more crimes in America…. Your pathetic to target Obama Administration and illegal immigrants to determine why things go wrong in this world. Enough said………. My symathies to the family.

      • darrell

        the facts are you liberal jerk is that a proven and once deported illegal hispanic had no problem returning to this country to find residence and work in a sanctuary city all with the blessing of the obama administration who coddles and garnishes illegals as a way to get HISPANIC AMERICANS (have to make the political correctness dork happy) votes. im sorry the family has to go through this. however, if administration policies were not like they were its very possible it would have never happened to begin with. those are the facts.

      • altha

        Yes darrell he has been deportted and Rick Perry open the door for him and all the others that were deported to come back to the state of Texas.

      • darrell

        you must be an obamastinian. have you said your pledge today? let me put it up for you incase you have forgotten the words.

        I am an obamanite, i follow in vain, no matter the disaster, no matter the pain.
        I love tax and spend because the party decree’s, even though it brings us to our knee’s.
        Squandering our childrens future isnt really strange, its all just part of our hope and change.
        An obamanite i am not for better just worse, trust me when i say it only seems like a curse.

    • mel

      Read the article again, it says he was in the country illegally!!!!! If our borders were patrolled she would be alive today!!!!!!

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  • darrell

    @ Diane
    let me quote what you said there.
    “Also, don’t make the mistake of thinking that liberals support illegal immigration, because we don’t.”
    you just lumped all liberals into one group, hmmm. do you think they have a right to be here awaiting citizenship? do you think we should have sanctuary cities? do you believe they should have representation at the city, county, state, and congressional levels of our government? do you support obama and his policies? if you answered yes to any of these questions then you support illegal hispanics being in this country. many liberals support at least one if not all of the things i just listed above.

  • NiteNurse

    A young girl was murdered, her life taken away. Does it really matter if the person who did it was a citizen or not? Would it make her any less dead?

    • darrell

      in this case, yes it does.

      • Miracle Max

        There have been cases where people were MOSTLY dead.

      • NiteNurse

        So you’re saying none of our citizens murder kids? Ever hear of John Wayne Gacy? The world’s most infamous AMERICAN child killer.

      • darrell

        nitenurse, you really need to stop your constant nasty rude habit of implying what others are either thinking or saying with your comments. you have to be a single woman. i cant imagine anyone living with or putting up with your stupidity or your nasty habits. i certainly hope im never in a position to have to be on the recieving end of your self proclaimed professional skills. of which the quality of i have serious reservations about.

      • LOL @ U

        Oh, this is good. The two most frequently-posting imbecilic cretins on this web site are engaged in debate. Sit back, people, and enjoy all the disconnected logic, bad grammar, and horrid spelling. This is sure to generate laughs aplenty for at least a couple of days!

      • darrell

        good one, you just crack me up. haha

    • Mel

      Yes it matters!!!!!!! What is wrong with you people!!!!!! Oh she’s dead so let’s forget about her………I’m so sick of hearing this s***!!!!! Let’s do something about it!!!!!

  • Roger

    How incredably sad that a young girl has lost her life and a family has lost a child and all that is here is sad, where all that is here is social, racial and political retirick. It’s a clear indication of how far this country has fallen, where a child loses her life and not even a word of compassion or sorrow has been spoken. My thoughts and prayers go out the this family and there lose, as well as to those here who have clearly lost all sense of moral direction

    • The Short Bus Is Here!


      Good Lord, it’s RHETORIC.

  • NiteNurse

    Rest in peace Jazmen and may your family find peace knowing that the person who hurt you is off the streets.

  • Mel

    Yes we have enough criminals over here already so you want to increase the chances of someone getting murdered by also letting illegals over here as well. Go figure!!!!

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  • Patricia

    Really? I mean a child has been murdered and the only thing that ya’ll seem to care about is the race, laws, government, etc.,… Come on now…It doesn’t matter what race he is, what matters is a child of god has been taken away from this world by an evil demented person. My prayers and condolences to the family. R.I.P Jasmen :,(

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