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Suspect in deadly South Texas attack on two lesbian teens captured

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Mary Chapa (left) and Mollie Olgin

Mary Chapa (left) and Mollie Olgin were attacked and shot in a Texas park in 2012. Olgin died from her injuries.

HELOTES, Texas — A suspect in a 2012 attack at a South Texas park that left a woman dead and her girlfriend injured has been captured near San Antonio.

The San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday said 27-year-old David Malcom Strickland faces transfer to the jail in Sinton.

David Malcom Strickland

David Malcom Strickland

Officers on Friday arrested Strickland at an apartment in Helotes, Texas, 10 miles northwest of San Antonio. Strickland faces warrants for capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated sexual assault.

Investigators say two teens were sexually assaulted and shot at a park in Portland, Texas, near Corpus Christi, on June 23, 2012. The victims were discovered by people passing by.

Nineteen-year-old Mollie Judith Olgin was found dead on the scene and 18-year-old Mary Christine Chapa was critically injured but survived the shooting.

Further details on Strickland weren’t immediately available Saturday.

“I am thrilled that the collaborative efforts of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Rangers, and Portland Police Department resulted in Strickland’s arrest. He’s a stone cold killer who thought he got away with murder, but will finally pay for his crime,” said Robert R. Almonte, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas.

“My sympathies and condolences go to the victims and their families who had to endure this wicked act of violence,” said Almonte.

Police officials have said that there is no evidence to suggest that the teens’ sexual orientation was a motive in the shooting.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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