Jealously wasn’t to blame in a love-triangle that ended in murder — but rather a prank, according to authorities.
Houston Police said Thomas Rolle allegedly killed his girlfriend’s estranged husband Sunday over a practical joke involving a stolen identification card, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Rolle, 29, was arrested Monday in the stabbing death of 37-year-old Jason Ryan Maas, who was in the process of getting a divorce from the suspect’s girlfriend.
Prior to the killing, Maas reportedly stole Rolle’s ID card as part of a prank, which also included hiding the car that his estranged wife and her new boyfriend shared, according to the newspaper.
Rolle reportedly responded by threatening Maas in a series of phone calls until he agreed to return the stolen ID card. However, Maas never showed up outside a motel to give back the ID as planned, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Authorities found Maas lying in a pool of blood around 6:15 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot near the motel where he lived.
Rolle allegedly admitted to a friend that he stabbed Maas “because the guy played a prank on him and took his identification,” according to court documents.
He was arrested and booked Monday at Harris County Jail, where he is being held without bail.
By JACKIE SALO