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Fugitive from Texas murder arrested in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man wanted for a murder in Texas is behind bars Thursday, after being captured by police in San Diego.

San Diego Police arrested 26-year-old Adam Gouy and 30-year-old Amber Herdman Tuesday night, after officers spotted their vehicle in a Costco parking lot on 8001 Othello Street in Kearny Mesa.

There were red flags that prompted officers to take a closer look, such as the mannequin in the front seat, the Texas license plate and the van itself, which was sitting in a closed Costco parking lot. For San Diego police these details seemed a little too suspicious. Then, just as an officer was going in for a closer look - a dispatcher, running the license plate, jumps in.

Here's the exchange with the officer and dispatcher:

"John, are you with that person yet?

"Negative, just knocking on the window."

"Well, you may want to wait, I'm getting a felony hit on it with an occupant armed."

The van belongs to Gouy - a suspect in a Houston area murder, which happened July 15 in a Burger King parking lot. Forty-four-year-old Sam Delaschott was in his SUV and was the victim of a surprise attack that ended with him shot in the head.

"He was such a friendly person…everybody loved him, everybody," said Celia Delaschott, Sam's ex-wife.

Houston police believe the motive was robbery and they're not saying what led them to Gouy as a suspect, but News 8 has learned that he's no stranger to law enforcement. He's a registered sex offender who molested a five-year-old.

Gouy was arrested without incident at gunpoint, as was a second person inside the vehicle - a woman whose identity still hasn't been released.

"We have a male and a female. They've both been taken downtown and they're being processed right now and booked, pending charges from Houston," said Lt. Kevin Mayer with the San Diego Police Department.

Investigators are also taking a closer look at the couple to see if they're responsible for any crimes locally.

"We'll obviously take a look at that being that they're in our city, but as of right now, we have no knowledge of that. We will be exploring," continued Mayer. 

Houston investigators will reportedly question the suspects by Thursday. It's unclear what Herdman's connection to the murder is, but she may be a suspect as well. This investigation could span several states because online Guoy lists himself as a New York City resident.

The two suspects are set to be arraigned in a San Diego courtroom on drug charges later this week. It's unclear when Guoy will be returned to Texas to face additional charges.

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