Police seek alien in Ennis homicide
By 08/02/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
ENNIS - Police are seeking an illegal alien after a warrant was issued in connection with the brutal homicide of an Ennis man.
Martin Marmolejo Romo, 20, of Mexico reportedly sought to flee back across the border, according to Sgt. Jeremy Osteen of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office. Romo, 5-foot-7 with black hair and a slim build, was last seen July 21 on his way to a Dallas bus station.
Ellis County Investigators sounded a state-wide alert on Romo as the leading suspect in the death of Alvaro Serrano Jr, 21, of Ennis. Serrano's badly beaten body was found July 21 in a field near McCrady Road south of Bardwell.
According to the medical examiner's report, Serrano was the victim of repeated blunt-force blows to the head and skull. The homicide was termed 'exceptionally vicious' by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller.
'He should be considered armed and dangerous if confronted,' Osteen said of Romo. Osteen urged anyone with information to contact the Ellis County Criminal Investigation Unit at 972-923-4921.
Romo reportedly has numerous tattoos, including a sombrero on one arm, a long-haired female on the other. His name and a Mexican flag are tattooed on his back.
Serrano's body was discovered by a passerby, who flagged down a Highway Patrol Trooper, who alerted the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, according to Osteen. Seranno's car, a white Honda SUV, was wrecked two miles away.
Osteen said Ellis County investigators sought to obtain a photo of Romo from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.