Charges upgraded in Muleshoe homicide, toddler kidnapping

A Mexican citizen now faces charges of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping in connection with a Muleshoe woman’s death and a separate assault on an officer that led to a multi-county chase.


Lucio Camacho, 47, was arrested early Jan. 5 in Lubbock when his vehicle crashed at a law enforcement road block hours after investigators believe he fatally stabbed 44-year-old Petra Granados De Flores, leaving her residence in Muleshoe with the woman as well as her 3-year-old child.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Bailey County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 12:05 a.m. about a man who had stabbed a woman and left the residence with her child. At approximately 1:55 a.m., the Garza County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Giles W. Dalby Correctional Institution in Post that a man, later identified as Camacho, had assaulted a correctional officer and attempted to take the officer’s weapon before leaving in a 2005 Ford pickup.

The driver evaded Garza County officials and traveled into Lubbock County, where the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office joined in the efforts to stop the vehicle.

Camacho came to a stop near U.S. Highway 84 and South Loop 289. Officials located the dead woman and the uninjured child in the suspect’s vehicle. The child was released to Texas Child Protective Services and Camacho was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center, initially on charges of child endangerment, evading in a vehicle, resisting arrest and a hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Jail records list Camacho as a Mexican citizen.

The DPS announced Camacho’s upgraded charges on Wednesday.