HPD: Man on the run after pleading guilty to murder

HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for a man officers said pled guilty to murder before cutting off his ankle bracelet and trying to skip town.

Jose Luis Hernandez, 22, met with his lawyer earlier in the week but didn’t appear at his sentencing hearing Thursday morning, authorities said.

The Houston Police Department said Hernandez is now on the run and may be headed to Mexico, where he has citizenship.

Hernandez is accused in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Bryan Blanco in late December 2014. Frank Marinero, 23, was also arrested in Blanco’s murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison for his role in August of this year.

Hernandez lured Blanco to Sharpstown Park in the 6600 block of Harbor Town Drive using a fake Facebook page, investigators said. He and Marinero both confronted the victim in the park and shot him, police said.

An investigation led police to Hernandez and Marinero who were arrested without incident in June 2015.

Anyone with information regarding Hernandez is asked to contact the HPD homicide division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.