Pictured: ROBSTOWN - Robstown police and officals from the Nueces County Medical Examiner's officer removed the remains of a woman from a Dodge Durango, which was parked across from Robstown Police Department, after her husband turned himself into police custody Tuesday, allegedly admitting to killing her. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Man allegedly strangled wife; brought body to Robstown PD

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

ROBSTOWN - Robstown Police Department officials said a Hispanic man in his 50s walked into the station Tuesday night, handed over his car keys to police and said, "I just killed my wife and her body is outside in the car."

Sgt. Dearly Flores, with RPD, was the officer who first spoke to the man.

"He seemed pretty calm. He parked the car across the street, walked in and said he had killed his wife," Flores said. "He didn't seem emotional at the time."

The man, who Nueces County Jail officials confirmed as Robert Arroyo, was brought into the jail late Tuesday night by Robstown police on the charge of murder.

Arroyo arrived at the RPD at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and by 7 p.m., police had taped off the area around the vehicle.

Officials with the Nueces County Medical Examiner's office were at the location making notes and collecting the body for an autopsy.

A large crowd gathered and watched as the woman was transported from the couple's gray Dodge Durango Sport vehicle to the examiner's van.

Police would not release the name of Arroyo's wife, who they said was in her late 20s.

Arroyo was arrested soon after preliminary questioning by police. Flores said there was no blood found in the vehicle during the preliminary search and believe the wife was strangled.

Police said the murder took place somewhere other than Robstown.

Investigators from that jurisdiction were in contact with Robstown police, and are a part of the overall investigation. Officials would not say where the actual murder took place or what jurisdiction that location is under.