Burglar killed in McAllen home invasion was stabbed

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Eusebio Salazar Dominguez

A 46-year-old Mission man is under arrest after he and his friend broke into a McAllen home where the resident fought back, leaving one of the burglary suspects “unconscious,” according to a McAllen Police Department press release.

Authorities arrested Eusebio Salazar-Dominguez on Saturday and charged him with murder for the death of his friend, 39-year-old Ronnie Anthony Anzaldua who died from his injuries.

Robert Jonathan Rodriguez, 28, who was Salazar-Dominguez and Anzaldua’s target was also arrested and is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence.

At 7:42 a.m., on Oct. 21, Rodriguez called McAllen PD in regards to a burglary in progress and stated that “two males broke into his house… he left one uncon[scious]… locked himself inside,” and that the “males beat him up,” the release said.

Responding officers found Anzaldua bleeding from his chest and appeared unconscious on the ground outside the residence located at the 1000 block of E. Dove Ave. in McAllen.

A probable cause affidavit states that Anzaldua had a stab wound to the chest, a laceration to his left arm and cuts to his right hand.

EMS was called but Anzaldua was later declared dead.

In an interview with police, Rodriguez stated he heard his dogs barking outside in his backyard when he saw the two men enter his apartment.

“Rodriguez stated he used kitchen knives to defend himself,” the affidavit said.

He added that one suspect, Salazar-Dominguez, left the scene and described him as a “male… wearing blue jeans… medium to heavy set… left in a black SUV.”

“Rodriguez stated he did not know the two males, had no prior encounters with them,” the affidavit said.

The officers first proceeded to Anzaldua’s last known address in Mission for next-of-kin purposes where they learned from his family that he had been with a friend who was also a neighbor.

They then proceeded to Salazar-Dominguez’s residence where he was found.

He was later identified as the suspect who left the scene in a black SUV.

“Salazar-Dominguez stated he and Anzaldua went to Rodriguez’s residence with the intention of robbing him of his drugs,” the affidavit said. “Salazar-Dominguez stated they knew of Rodriguez because Anzaldua was talking to the same girl as Rodriguez.”

He admitted that he and Anzaldua went to Rodriguez’s residence and assaulted him, but it ended with Anzaldua getting stabbed by Rodriguez.

Police also executed a search warrant on the residence where the alleged burglary occurred and found controlled substances, including marijuana.

The responding officers determined that the drug contraband had been locked in a separate room before they had arrived.

Dominguez remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.