A husband and wife in Texas are facing charges in connection with the killing of a man whose body was discovered wrapped in plastic on their property. Narciso Banos, 49, and Francisca Carrizales, 42, appeared before a judge overnight. They were charged with murder, aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with evidence of a human corpse. The victim, identified as 32-year-old Francisco Romero, was reported missing by his wife on Saturday. She informed detectives that Romero was last seen at the suspects’ residence in north Harris County. Disturbing details have emerged, suggesting that Romero was subjected to multiple beatings over a two-day period.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Romero’s lifeless body wrapped in black plastic, secured with electrical tape, inside an office building on the property. Cleaning products containing bleach were discovered in the room, along with a mop bucket just outside. As law enforcement officials were present, the accused couple arrived in their vehicle. In a surprising turn of events, Banos confessed, stating, “I’m the one you’re looking for,” and proceeded to identify the body as Romero’s. It was revealed that Banos was Romero’s employer.
According to Romero’s wife, he had sent her a text message stating that he would be spending the night at Banos’ house and would go to work from there the following morning. Concerned about her husband’s well-being, she contacted Banos when Romero did not answer his phone. Banos claimed that Romero had been having an affair with Carrizales, his wife, and that he had pistol-whipped Romero. Banos alleged that Romero had left the property, and he was unaware of his whereabouts. Carrizales then called Romero’s wife, requesting her to collect his final paycheck, which raised suspicions as the couple typically used direct deposit. She also mentioned that she planned to retrieve Romero’s truck on Monday, as the couple had promised to leave the keys inside. The keys were indeed found at the designated spot.
During questioning, Banos admitted to repeatedly beating Romero with a rifle, targeting his head, face, and body. He also revealed that he had asked Carrizales to retrieve a pistol from their home, which he used to assault Romero. However, Carrizales mistakenly handed him a BB gun, which he also employed in the attack, causing the gun to break and the BBs to scatter. Banos further confessed to biting Romero on the arm and detaining him. He claimed that he had instructed Romero to leave, but due to the severity of his injuries, Romero requested to stay on the property.
The couple allowed Romero to call his wife, but when they found him still present upon their return from errands, Banos restrained him with a strap and belt. When the couple returned later, they discovered Romero dead. Instead of seeking help or notifying emergency services, they wrapped his body in plastic and left it in the office. Romero’s phone and wallet were found at the scene.
Carrizales’ bond was set at $500,000, while Banos’ bond was set at $600,000 due to his admission of using the guns in the assault. Authorities have confirmed the presence of blood evidence at the scene, consistent with the couple’s account of events. Blunt force trauma also contributed to Romero’s death. As part of their bail conditions, the couple must surrender their passports, remain in the area, and have no contact with Romero’s family.