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I-Team learns Texas murder suspect hid with Toledo grandmother

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A Texas man sits behind bars in Lucas County accused of killing a Texas police officer.  And the 13abc I-Team has learned he sought safety from those charges at his grandmother's home.

This whole thing started in San Antonio where the murder happened.  Police there reportedly made contact with Jerry Idrogo and that's when Toledo police picked him up. 

As police try to pinpoint exactly how he got there, a woman who answered the door at his home says she knows exactly why he picked Segur Avenue in South Toledo.

The 13abc I-Team went to the home where San Antonio police tracked down Idrogo.  It doesn't look like he was trying to completely disappear, his name is on the mail box.

Alice Medina answered the door on Segur Avenue.  She originally told the I-Team she didn't know anything about the arrest.  She did say Idrogo lived there for the last month.  Eventually she changed her story.

“He came up here to visit.  That's all I know," said Medina.  “He's my grandson" 

San Antonio police charged her grandson with the murder of Balcones Heights police officer Julian Pesina outside a tattoo parlor.  Pesina was off duty at the time.  Idrogo's grandmother says she didn't know about the charges.

“I wasn't aware,” said Medina.  “I know he came to visit.  The thing is I don't know those charges or anything.  I don't meddle in his life."  

“We did not know he was here until we received the information from the San Antonio police department," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan with Toledo Police.    

Toledo police got a tip late Thursday night saying Idrogo was on Segur Street in the south end.  Toledo officers arrived to find Idrogo on the sidewalk with his hands up.

"I'm not worried about it.  He must know somebody around here,” said Bartholomew Winkle, who lives on Segur Avenue.

Neighbors on Segur didn't recognize the suspect.

There's one more twist, KSAT TV in San Antonio reports that officer Pesina had tattoos associated with the Texas Mexican mafia.  San Antonio police say they've heard those rumblings but at this point it's not clear whether that's connected to the officer's death.

That fact has some in Toledo worried about pieces of that gang coming here.  So the I-team asked Toledo police whether they're concerned.

"We have not had an issue with the Mexican mafia here in the city of Toledo," said Sgt. Heffernan.  “I think this was an isolated incident and I think this was a guy trying to hide so he went somewhere where he thought he'd be off the radar." 

There's nothing I can say really.  I don't know anything so that's the way it's going to be," said Medina. 

Idrogo appeared in court Friday.  He waived his extradition hearing.  The Lucas county judge says Texas authorities have 10 days to pick him up. 

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