FORT WORTH -- A man fatally stabbed Saturday after he broke into a Tarrant County couple’s home, demanding money, had recently expressed some financial concerns to neighbors but did not appear to be in dire straits, sheriff’s officials said.
Heradio Ibarra, who in the past year had left his job to go into freelance concrete work, had recently told a neighbor that he was concerned that a dump truck he had purchased would be repossessed, said Chief Deputy Mike Simonds.
Simonds said, however, that a search of Ibarra’s Fort Worth home Monday evening found little other evidence that the man had major financial woes.
“He had his bills laid out. He was relatively current on those,” Simonds said. “It’s not like he was months and months behind on that stuff because he wasn’t, it doesn’t appear.”
Ibarra, 44, died Saturday night of multiple stab wounds after a fierce struggle with Fort Worth firefighter Ron Huddleston, and his wife, Jill, inside their home near Eagle Mountain Lake.
Sheriff’s officials have said Ibarra, armed with a metal pipe, bindings, hatchet and gun, had snuck into the Huddleston’s home through an unlocked door and demanded money from the couple. After being struck multiple times with the pipe, the couple fought back and stabbed Ibarra, who died at the scene shortly after deputies arrived.
On Tuesday, officers returned to the area, looking for Ibarra’s missing motorcycle. Simonds said officers found a key to the Honda motorcycle inside Ibarra’s pocket and suspect he may have driven the bike to the area of the night of the robbery.
“I think the motorcycle is out there somewhere,” Simonds said. “The morning after, we were out there with ATVs and checked the brushy area out there. I think if the motorcycle would have been out in that area, we would have found it. It’s going to be parked some place that it just looked like it fit. We’re hoping to find it now that we know what we’re looking for.”
Simonds described Ibarra’s home as sparsely furnished. He said the man, who has no criminal history, lived there alone while his wife and three children reside in Hildago County.
Simonds said evidence found inside Ibarra’s home further indicated to investigators that the robbery “wasn’t a spur of the moment act.” He said investigators believe they have located from where two of the weapons -- the pipe and the braided rope bindings -- originated.
“The handle to a piece of equipment was missing. It would been orange in color and it looks like it matches the pipe that was used at the offense location,” Simonds said. “The bindings look like it came from a whip, like a bull whip.”
What was still unknown, however, is why Ibarra targeted the Huddleston home, Simonds said.
“That is the great mystery that is still surrounding this -- why he would target this particular residence or this particular family,” he said.
Anyone with information about the location of Ibarra’s motorcycle -- a Honda with Texas license plate 393 V4W -- is asked to call Detective Carrol Baughman at 817-884-1271.