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Sex assault suspect wanted for Texas murders

WILLMAR, Minn. — A 21-year-old Texas man  accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Willmar has confessed to two murders in Texas, a prosecutor said Monday.

Esequiel Gomez Jr. is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the July 29 sexual assault.

He has admitted to the sexual assault along with confessing to a double murder and sexual assault case in Texas, according to statements made Monday by Assistant County Attorney Dain Olson in Kandiyohi County District Court.

There is an outstanding warrant for Gomez on a capital murder charge in Swisher County, Texas, Olson told District Judge Michael J. Thompson before Thompson set bail at $1 million.

According to Olson, DNA evidence collected at the Willmar crime scene assisted in identifying Gomez as a suspect in the murder case in Tulia, Texas.

The girl reported she’d been sexually assaulted about  2 a.m. July 29 in the area of the walking bridge in Willmar. The girl identified Gomez in a photo lineup.

Gomez was apprehended in Randall County, Texas, about three weeks after the assault was reported and was extradited back to Minnesota to face the charges here.

Gomez is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail. His next appearance is Oct. 15.