Rios and Mendez

Jose Rios and Jorge Mendez

Real Name: Jorge Mendez and Jose Luis Rios
Aliases: Flacco (Jose)
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: December 1995


Details: Jorge Mendez and Jose "Flacco" Rios, two East Houston street gang members, are wanted for the brutal murder of 19 year old Kristie Martin in Houston, Texas in 1995. On the night of December 23, 1995, Kristie Martin and three high school friends, Wendy Wright, brothers Joe and Sal Barrera, met up for the Christmas break and went to a restaurant in Houston and afterwards went to hang out at the River Terrance Park, a local hangout that was at one time a safe place. However, the park was no longer neutral territory, and Mendez and Rios were at the park which they called "their turf". As Sal and Kristi stood outside of the car talking, a red pick up truck slowly pulled up behind them. Mendez and Rios, who were inside the truck, began verbally harassing the two. As Kristie and Sal tried to run away, one of the men pulled out a semi-automatic assault rifle and began shooting at the four friends.

Kristi Martin

Kristie's friends survived with minor injuries, but Kristie had taken a direct hit and died at the scene. Six days later, Jose Rios and Jorge Mendez were both charged with first degree murder, and they were believed to have fled to Mexico. Authorities found that the assault rifle that was used to kill Kristie was bought by Mendez shortly before the murder. Authorities now believe that Jose Rios was responsible another murder. In March of 1996, an uncle of Jorge Mendez was gunned down at an intersection in Houston, just days after he told the two men to turn themselves in. He said that if they did not turn himself in, he would call the police. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous and a $12,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 6, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unresolved. In August of 2000, Jorge Mendez was arrested in Mexico on unrelated charges and is awaiting extradition to Houston. Jose Rios, however, remains at large; he is 5'7, 130 pounds, would now be 41 years old, and may now be in Mexico.

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