Juan Ignacio Blanco  


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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 3, 1986
Date of arrest: April 19, 2005 (19 years after)
Date of birth: January 25, 1963
Victim profile: Vanessa Villa, 11
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 15, 2007

TDCJ Number: 999520

Date of Birth: 01/25/1963

Date Received: 02/15/2007

Age (when Received): 44

Education Level (Highest Grade Completed): 7th grade

Date of Offense: 08/03/1986

Age (at the time of Offense): 23

County: Tarrant

Race: Hispanic
Hair Color:
5' 5"
183 lbs
Eye Color:

Native County: Los Angeles
Native State:

Prior Occupation: Landscaper, General Laborer

Prior Prison Record

TDCJ #488171 on a 10 year sentence for burglary of a habitat; received an additional 5 year sentence for DWI while on parole.

Summary of incident

On August 3, 1986 in Tarrant County, the subject entered a residence in Ft. Worth and, after raping her, strangled an 11 year-old Hispanic female. A DNA link to the subject was established almost 20 years later.



Race and Gender of Victim

Hispanic female

Texas Department of Criminal Justice


Texas Suspect Arrested Nearly 19 Years After Slaying

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Associated Press - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Nearly 19 years after an 11-year-old girl was raped and strangled in her home, police have arrested a former friend of the family who investigators say attended the girl's wake.

Investigators say DNA taken from Vanessa Villa's body matched that of 42-year-old Juan Segundo, a convicted felon who previously served time in prison for burglary and driving while intoxicated.

Homicide investigators and Johnson County sheriff's officers arrested Segundo on a capital murder warrant at his Johnson County home early Wednesday morning. Segundo was being held in Mansfield Jail on Thursday morning with bail set at $300,000.

On the day she was attacked in 1986, Vanessa had stayed home instead of going with her mother, Rosa Maria Clarke, brother and little sister to run an errand. When they returned 30 minutes later, they found her raped and strangled. She was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead within an hour.

''When we came back, I went straight to my room and my mom opened her door and then started screaming,'' recalled Vanessa's brother, Enrique Balderas. ''I went to the room and then I saw my sister lying in the bed.''

Police believe Segundo entered Vanessa's home through her bedroom window late Aug. 3, 1986. Some belongings were in disarray as if Vanessa had struggled with her attacker.

Police say the attack holds striking similarities to two crimes Segundo was convicted of in the years after Vanessa's slaying.

In June 1988, Segundo pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The 40-year-old victim told police that she had awoke to feeling someone touching her and turned on the light to find a man kneeling beside her bed with his pants and underwear pulled down.

The woman told police the man covered her mouth with his hand and began hitting her in the mouth and face. The victim's daughter, who ran into the room during the attack, recognized the fleeing suspect as a man she had previously worked with, according to a police report.

Segundo was paroled from prison in July 1989 but returned again in 1991 following a conviction of misdemeanor burglary for a similar attack in 1990.

Segundo was paroled again in January 1993 but was sentenced to five years in prison in September 1995 for driving while intoxicated/felony repetition. He was released on mandatory supervision in June 2000 and discharged from parole a month later.

Rosa Maria Clarke, her sister and Balderas had worked with Segundo's former wife at a nursing home in Lake Worth. Soon after Vanessa's death, the family lost touch with Segundo.

Balderas said the family never suspected the man had anything to do with his sister's death.

Since his final discharge from prison, Segundo changed a lot, said his stepbrother, Jesus Garcia. Though they had not gotten along well before, Garcia said he and Segundo grew closer.

''He hadn't been getting into drinking like he used to. He changed his ways a lot,'' Garcia said.

''It's hard for me to believe,'' he said.

Police say the break in the case came last week when they were notified that a database called the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, had linked semen taken from Vanessa's body to Segundo.

CODIS compares the entered DNA profiles against those of convicted offenders and DNA evidence from other unsolved crimes.


Juan Segundo



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