KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Crime Central Crime Central en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:09:36 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Three Arrested in Road Rage Incident http://www.kristv.com/news/three-arrested-in-road-rage-incident/ http://www.kristv.com/news/three-arrested-in-road-rage-incident/ Crime Central Thu, 18 Sep 2014 3:49:47 PM Three Arrested in Road Rage Incident

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police say a single road rage incident lead to three arrests. It started around 2:20 Thursday morning at the intersection of South Staples and Saratoga.

Investigators say Rudy Valencia was cut off by another driver then tried to pursue the vehicle all the way to Holly and Weber.

Both vehicles pulled into a parking lot where Valencia told officers he got out of his car and got punched in the face and beaten with golf clubs.

But officers say Valencia may have used his car to hit the two men. They're identified as Orlando Garcia and Rudy Moreno.

Garcia and Moreno were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and were then arrested. Valencia was also arrested.

All three face aggravated assault charges.

 


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Several Baggies of Cocaine Found During DWI Arrest http://www.kristv.com/news/several-baggies-of-cocaine-found-during-dwi-arrest/ http://www.kristv.com/news/several-baggies-of-cocaine-found-during-dwi-arrest/ Crime Central Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:06:21 AM Several Baggies of Cocaine Found During DWI Arrest

CORPUS CHRISTI - An officer on patrol noticed a pickup stopped on the wrong side of Morgan Avenue last night and arrested the man behind the wheel for driving while intoxicated.

As the officer was taking a closer look at 43-year-old Shane Turner's truck he found a Crown Royal bag in the center console. The officer reports the bag containing several smaller plastic bags which are suspected to be cocaine.

Turner is in the Nueces County Jail on a felony drug charge and the misdemeanor DWI charge.

 


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Wrong Way Driver Charged with DWI http://www.kristv.com/news/wrong-way-driver-charged-with-dwi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/wrong-way-driver-charged-with-dwi/ Crime Central Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:41:43 AM Wrong Way Driver Charged with DWI

CORPUS CHRISTI - A 67-year old woman ends up going to jail after police catch her driving the wrong way on SPID.

Police got the call just before midnight after someone spotted a truck headed west on the eastbound side of the freeway.

Officers tried to stop the driver at the Kostoryz exit but the drier kept going. The woman was finally pulled over near the West Point Road exit.

The driver, Elva Mejia, was arrested for suspicion of DWI and evading arrest.

 


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New Warrant Issued for Mom Accused of Child Endangerment http://www.kristv.com/news/new-warrant-issued-for-mom-accused-of-child-endangerment/ http://www.kristv.com/news/new-warrant-issued-for-mom-accused-of-child-endangerment/ Crime Central Thu, 11 Sep 2014 3:19:16 PM New Warrant Issued for Mom Accused of Child Endangerment

CORPUS CHRISTI - Another arrest warrant has been issued for the mom accused of abandoning her baby after being caught shoplifting.

24-year old Ashlee Castillo was due in court today for a hearing on her charges, but she never showed up. That's the reason behind the new arrest warrant.

Earlier this year she plead not guilty to charges of child endangerment for allegedly leaving her infant behind as she was confronted at an HEB.

 


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Mother and Children Hurt in I-37 Crash http://www.kristv.com/news/mother-and-children-hurt-in-i-37-crash/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mother-and-children-hurt-in-i-37-crash/ Crime Central Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:43:25 AM Mother and Children Hurt in I-37 Crash

CORPUS CHRISTI - A rush hour accident on Interstate 37 sent three children and their mom to the hospital this morning.

Police say they were in a PT Cruiser headed north when the driver stopped suddenly in the fast lane near McKinzie Road.

A pickup rear-ended the car, causing severe damage.

Three kids in the back seat, ages 6 to 12 years old were taken to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Their mother was taken to Spohn Memorial.

The driver of the truck wasn't seriously injured.

Corpus Christi PD had to close off at least one lane of traffic for emergency personnel. They've mapped out the crash scene to try and figure out what happened.

 


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Arrest Warrant Issued After $60k in Stolen Stuff Found http://www.kristv.com/news/arrest-warrant-issued-after-60k-in-stolen-stuff-found/ http://www.kristv.com/news/arrest-warrant-issued-after-60k-in-stolen-stuff-found/ Crime Central Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:45:37 AM Arrest Warrant Issued After $60k in Stolen Stuff Found

CORPUS CHRISTI - An arrest warrant was issued this morning for 32-year-old Daniel Martinez on charges of burglary and theft. Right around noon, CCPD spotted him driving around town and arrested him.

Last month, Corpus Christi PD officers recovered more than $60,000 of stolen property form a home on Nile Drive.

No one was home at the time. According to police, Martinez is the person who lives there.

A trailer and cement spreader were among the stash of stolen loot police found when they searched the home. Officers also recovered stolen welding equipment and a table saw.

CCPD had been investigating a rash of burglaries in the area when they got a tip that some of the property was stashed at the home.

 


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Man Nearly Beaten to Death, Left Behind Downtown Church http://www.kristv.com/news/man-nearly-beaten-to-death-left-behind-downtown-church/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-nearly-beaten-to-death-left-behind-downtown-church/ Crime Central Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:34:25 PM Sara Donchey Man Nearly Beaten to Death, Left Behind Downtown Church

CORPUS CHRISTI - Father John Hayden Haby set out for an early morning; it was a day of religious celebration at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

But when medics knocked on Haby's door to tell him there was an emergency, what he found behind the building was anything but pious.

"(I saw) a gentlemen who looked like he was bloody all over," Haby said. "It looked like he had been in a fight or assaulted or something."

Corpus Christi Fire Department medics were already there treating him, Haby said.

The gruesome discovery stemmed from a 911 call police received around 7:30 am. It was from a passerby who saw a man lying in a pool of his own blood.

He appeared to have been beaten, nearly to death, and left behind the church on South Chaparral Street, according to police.

Police said the victim appeared to be in his 40s, but could not immediately identify him.

He was rushed to Spohn Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Church goers were shocked to be met with crime tape and police cars.

"I was just really concerned making sure everybody at the church was okay," said Anastasia Strates.

Strates, who owns the nearby Tango Tea Room Restaurant, said she was surprised to see the crime scene tape and police cars.

Another challenge for crime scene investigators was rain; it was washing away evidence, namely, blood on the ground.

Haby conceded that he often sees people passing near his building late at night, but said he didn't recognize the victim.

Police said that upon last check he was still in critical condition, but was making slight improvements.

They still don't have a suspect in the case, but if that person is found, they could face charges of aggravated assault.

 


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Man Wanted for Carrying Gun Inside Alcohol Establishment http://www.kristv.com/news/man-wanted-for-carrying-gun-inside-alcohol-establishment/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-wanted-for-carrying-gun-inside-alcohol-establishment/ Crime Central Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:54:59 AM Man Wanted for Carrying Gun Inside Alcohol Establishment

CORPUS CHRISTI - A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 30-year-old Franklin Lee Vasquez for allegedly carrying a firearm inside a business that sells alcohol.

The Corpus Christi Police Department sent out the notice today, asking anyone who knows where he is to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.

Vasquez is 6 feet tall, weighing 240 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Carrying a firearm inside an establishment that derives the majority of its sales from alcohol is illegal, even if you have a concealed handgun license.

 


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CCPD Releases Dashcam Video of Murder Suspect Pursuit http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-releases-dashcam-video-of-murder-suspect-pursuit/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ccpd-releases-dashcam-video-of-murder-suspect-pursuit/ Crime Central Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:25:46 AM CCPD Releases Dashcam Video of Murder Suspect Pursuit

CORPUS CHRISTI - A just released video purportedly shows murder suspect Jesus Balli-Garcia in a hurry to leave Corpus Christi right after a man and woman were shot at a home on Easley Drive.

One of the shooting victims, 26-year old Mario Colchado Garcia died the next day. The woman remains hospitalized.

The Corpus Christi Police Department dashcam video shows a silver color SUV reaching speeds of 80 miles an hour while heading towards and onto the highways.

Balli-Garcia eventually led authorities down Highway 77 where he bailed out of the car and hid into heavy brush. Despite a wide search that night, he was never found.

Instead, he called 911 to ask for help because he was lost. Border Patrol agents picked him up and turned him over to deputies in Kenedy County.

The murder suspect was returned to Nueces County to face charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (x2), evading arrest, and an immigration violation.

 


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Local Murder Suspect Appears in Court http://www.kristv.com/news/local-murder-suspect-appears-in-court/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-murder-suspect-appears-in-court/ Crime Central Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:27:30 PM Veronica Flores Local Murder Suspect Appears in Court

CORPUS CHRISTI - The man police say pulled the trigger in a deadly shooting this weekend appeared before a judge late this morning.

Jesus Balli-Garcia was read his rights this morning. An interpreter was on hand as well. His bond has been set at $640,000.

A just released video purportedly shows murder suspect Jesus Balli-Garcia in a hurry to leave Corpus Christi right after he's accused of shooting his wife and a man who tried to break up their argument at a home on Easley Drive.

The arrest affidavit for Balli-Garcia states he had accused his wife of having an affair with 26-year old Mario Colchado-Garcia. During the argument, Colchado-Garcia got involved before the wife was shot in the back, hand and shoulder. The husband is then accused of shooting the other man in the head.

The victim's brother says he witnessed what happened and carried his mortally wounded brother away from the backyard even as Balli-Garcia continued to shoot.

The Corpus Christi Police Department dashcam video shows where officers started chasing a silver color SUV. The driver reached speeds of more than 80 miles an hour while heading towards and onto the highways.

Balli-Garcia eventually led authorities down Highway 77 where he bailed out of the car and hid into heavy brush. Despite a wide search that night, he was never found.

Instead, he called 911 to ask for help because he was lost. Border Patrol agents picked him up and turned him over to deputies in Kenedy County.

The murder suspect was returned to Nueces County to face charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (x2), evading arrest, and an immigration violation.

 


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Woman Describes Alleged Kidnapping, Torture by Next-Door Neighbor http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-describes-alleged-kidnapping-torture-by-next-door-neighbor/ http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-describes-alleged-kidnapping-torture-by-next-door-neighbor/ Crime Central Mon, 25 Aug 2014 1:04:57 PM Sara Donchey Woman Describes Alleged Kidnapping, Torture by Next-Door Neighbor

CORPUS CHRISTI - Christine Rohm said thought her neighbor would try to kill her by the time the Saturday night was over.

Rohm said she was trying to help her next-door neighbor Ashley Rodriguez, move out of her apartment on the 3200 block of Reid Drive, when Rodriguez accused her of stealing her debit card.

That's when Rohm said things got out of hand.

"All of a sudden (she) said, 'You're not going no where...sit. Sit right here,'" Rohmn said "She hit me real hard in the back of my head. I wasn't expecting that."

According to preliminary police reports, Rodriguez held Rohm captive in her apartment for two hours.

She allegedly tied her up with electrical tape, and that's when the torture began.

"She stuck a cigarette right here," Rohm said as she pointed to a wound on her cheek. "She pushed her cigarette that she had lit, right here on my face."

Rohm said Rodriguez hit her over the head with her first and proceeded to burn her arm and thigh.

She thought at that moment, that she was about to die.

But an upstairs neighbor who heard shouting called 911, and police arrived shortly after.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping.

She is no stranger to law enforcement, either.

Rodriguez has been arrested several times, and was convicted for prostitution twice in 2013.

As for rohm, she said she finally feels safe with her neighbor behind bars.

Rodriguez is booked in the Nueces County Jail on $50 thousand dollars bond.

 


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Police: 5 Guns Found in Intoxicated Man's Truck http://www.kristv.com/news/police-5-guns-found-in-intoxicated-man-s-truck/ http://www.kristv.com/news/police-5-guns-found-in-intoxicated-man-s-truck/ Crime Central Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:48:43 PM Police: 5 Guns Found in Intoxicated Man's Truck

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man accused of being under the influence outside a convenience store is in a lot more trouble as an officer found several guns in his truck. His biggest problem? One of the guns was reported stolen.

It started when someone waved down a police officer on North Beach around midnight Monday to report seeing a guy who appeared drunk and ready to drive away.

Andrew Lonnon, age 26, was in the driver's seat of the parked truck. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication.

The officer noticed an AK-47 style rifle on the back seat of the truck, plus a shotgun and three pistols in the cab. As stated earlier, one of the pistols came back as being reported stolen.

Lonnon's charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon (Class A misdemeanor), theft of a firearm (state felony) and public intoxication (Class C misdemeanor).

Carrying a firearm out of plain sight in your vehicle is not illegal. Unless the owner is committing a crime classified higher than a Class C misdemeanor. The theft of a firearm charge qualifies.


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Witnesses Report Little Red Wagon Loaded with Loot http://www.kristv.com/news/witnesses-report-little-red-wagon-loaded-with-loot/ http://www.kristv.com/news/witnesses-report-little-red-wagon-loaded-with-loot/ Crime Central Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:21:38 PM Witnesses Report Little Red Wagon Loaded with Loot

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man charged with burglarizing a home probably wishes he had a faster getaway vehicle.

This man, 21-year-old Sergio Franco, is accused of entering a home by removing its window air conditioner and stealing items.

Witnesses spotted him leaving the scene with the stolen loot in a little red wagon.

Police were able to track him down quickly to a home nearby where they also found the stolen property.

When officers were taking him to the police car, Franco tried to escape, so he's also charged with resisting arrest.

 


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Series of Drive-by Shootings Injure 2 http://www.kristv.com/news/series-of-drive-by-shootings-injure-2/ http://www.kristv.com/news/series-of-drive-by-shootings-injure-2/ Crime Central Mon, 18 Aug 2014 1:30:36 PM Series of Drive-by Shootings Injure 2

CORPUS CHRISTI - There were at least four drive-by shootings on Sunday between midnight and dawn. Police need some help finding anyone who can help make arrests in the shootings that injured two people.

The first shooting happened on Gertie Street around 12:45am. A 24-year man inside the house wasn't injured at all when multiple bullets came through the front window and walls. He told officers he had no idea why anyone would shoot at him. Then he stopped cooperating with investigators.

The next shooting at 4:35 on Vestal Street left one man with a bullet wound to his stomach. Witnesses said a silver SUV drove by the home and opened fire.

While everyone was busy taking care of the guy who was shot, officers chased down his friend. Rick Sanchez, age 23, allegedly threw a pistol in the grass and ran away. His arrest is not related to the shooting. At last report, the shooting victim is doing better after surgery.

Roughly half an hour after all that happened, a 16-year-old was shot in the arm while coming home from a party. His father and father's girlfriend had just pulled up to their home on Arboleda Lane when someone fired several times.

The teen wasn't seriously injured, but the Chrysler 300 was hit by gunfire. None of the victims had any idea who would shoot at them.

The last report of a shooting came into police from a restaurant on the 2000 block of Airline Road. The business owner arrived at 6:00am to find bullet holes in two of the windows. The glass did shatter because it is painted. The damage is estimated at $3,000.

If you have any information on any of these shootings, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.


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Fulton Baby Dies, Father Arrested For Child Abuse http://www.kristv.com/news/fulton-baby-dies-father-arrested-for-child-abuse/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fulton-baby-dies-father-arrested-for-child-abuse/ Crime Central Thu, 14 Aug 2014 8:25:49 PM Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com Fulton Baby Dies, Father Arrested For Child Abuse

FULTON - A baby girl died Thursday at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Authorities say she is victim of a fatal case of child abuse Wednesday night in Fulton.

Tonight, there are few answers from police as to how or why it happened.

According to her mother's Facebook page, the baby's name is Laylah Garcia, and she was born barely two months ago.

Photos from Ashley Garcia's Facebook page show what appeared to be a happy family at times.

But Thursday morning, the child's father, Michael Anthony Garcia, was arrested for Injury To A Child.

Around 10pm Wednesday, Halo Flight took Layla to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Hours later, her mother posted, "Brain damage broken ribs n her liver is a mess jus kuz she didn't stop cryin... y god y does this happen to me plz lord I'm losin my daughtrr slowly they r doin more work on her dr said he don't think she's gunna pull through this one but he is tryin to save her."

Thursday after, Ashley posted this, "R.I.P to my beautiful bby girl Laylah god didn't have to take u but he did n no one knws y jus that he wanted another angel I love u so much baby girl"

The charge against Garcia is expected to be upgraded, following the baby's death.

CPS is also involved in the case, but can't confirm yet whether there was any history of abuse in the family.

A spokesman did encourage anyone who thinks they are out of options when dealing with their children to seek help through the Help And Hope organization.

Click here for more information: http://www.helpandhope.org/index.html

 


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Loud Music Draws Officer's Unwanted Attention http://www.kristv.com/news/loud-music-draws-officer-s-unwanted-attention/ http://www.kristv.com/news/loud-music-draws-officer-s-unwanted-attention/ Crime Central Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:42:13 AM Loud Music Draws Officer's Unwanted Attention

CORPUS CHRISTI - A woman who was blasting her car stereo while driving through a neighborhood is probably wishing she hadn't called so much attention to herself.

33-year old Angela Hernandez was pulled over last night by a police officer who could hear her car stereo from more than 100 feet away.

That's when Hernandez's night began to hit some sour notes.

First, the officer discovered she was driving with a suspended license. Then he spotted some suspicious bags which turned out to contain a little more than half an ounce of cocaine.

Hernandez was arrested for drug possession and for driving without a valid license. Her rolling boombox was impounded.

 


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Alarm Scares off Burglars on Ayers Street http://www.kristv.com/news/alarm-scares-off-burglars-on-ayers-street/ http://www.kristv.com/news/alarm-scares-off-burglars-on-ayers-street/ Crime Central Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:06:40 AM Veronica Flores Alarm Scares off Burglars on Ayers Street

CORPUS CHRISTI - A couple of burglars got quite a scare themselves this morning. In fact, they left most of their loot behind.

About three to four men broke into HICO Helium Wholesale Distributors on Ayers near Saratoga overnight.

It appears the burglars got onto the property by cutting a hole through the fence of a neighboring business.

Once inside, they broke into a truck where they grabbed several portable tools, drills and extension cords.

As they were preparing to back up a trailer to snatch some bigger equipment the thieves set off an alarm and then took off running. They left most of the tools behind.

What they didn't realize is they were caught on camera.

If you have any information on the crime, call police at 888-TIPS.

 


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Bishop Man Indicted in Sister in Law's Murder http://www.kristv.com/news/bishop-man-indicted-in-sister-in-law-s-murder/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bishop-man-indicted-in-sister-in-law-s-murder/ Crime Central Fri, 8 Aug 2014 1:01:40 PM Veronica Flores Bishop Man Indicted in Sister in Law's Murder

NUECES COUNTY - The Bishop man accused of murdering his sister-in-law will be going to trial.

A Nueces County Grand Jury found there was enough evidence to charge Tommy Caughman with Murder.

Caughman was arrested after his sister in law, Elizabeth, was murdered in her Bishop-area home back in January. Police and the FBI captured Caughman in Wyoming a few weeks later and brought him back to Nueces County. He's currently in the Nueces County Jail being held on $1 million dollar bond.


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More Than $50,000 in Silver Stolen from Shop http://www.kristv.com/news/more-than-50-000-in-silver-stolen-from-shop/ http://www.kristv.com/news/more-than-50-000-in-silver-stolen-from-shop/ Crime Central Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:48:43 PM Sara Donchey More Than $50,000 in Silver Stolen from Shop

CORPUS CHRISTI - When Leslie Walberg opened up his store around 9 o'clock this morning he noticed that almost everything of value was missing.

"Literally hundreds and hundreds of Italian-made chains," Walberg said. "They also stole sterling silver charms and pendants...I mean, it was a lot."

Not to mention, Walberg's formidable coin collection was stolen. He estimates more than $50 thousand dollars worth of silver had been taken from his store, Objets D'Art, overnight.

It seems that the culprit broke through a tiny window on the side of the Southside store.

Employees said it wouldn't have been easy; there was even a trail of blood spattered across the broken glass.

"I'm surprised that they could fit in such a small space and take so much with them," said Bella Tamez, who works at the store during the summer. "To be honest, I probably couldn't fit in there...it's so small."

Her co-worker, Rebecca Ortiz, was equally shocked.

"It's amazing. It's so much I can't imagine what person or group of people could even been able to have moved it," Ortiz said.

Walberg has owned his store for more than 30 years, and though he's had some scares of potential break-ins, nothing like this has ever happened to him before.


"Even if they melt it, they became rich overnight," Walberg said. "Unlesss I catch them."

He's offering a $2,000 dollar cash reward for the return of his silver, and more importantly, he said, the arrest of the person who did this.

"Hopefully we will catch these low-life people that keep stealing other peoples stuff. Like I said, I want justice. One way or another...I'm going to get justice."

If you have any information on who may be responsible for the theft, call Corpus Christi Police.

 


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Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed During Fishing Trip http://www.kristv.com/news/off-duty-border-patrol-agent-killed-during-fishing-trip/ http://www.kristv.com/news/off-duty-border-patrol-agent-killed-during-fishing-trip/ Crime Central Wed, 6 Aug 2014 9:51:21 AM Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed During Fishing Trip

RAYMONDVILLE - An off-duty Border Patrol agent from Kingsville was shot and killed in front of his family this week. Authorities say two men from from Mexico tried to rob Javier Vega Junior and his father while they were out on a fishing trip.

Vega pulled out a weapon when confronted, but he was shot in the chest. His father was shot in the hip.

A family member loaded everyone up into a car and took off towards a hospital, but Vega did not survive.

Police later caught up with the suspects, 40-year old Ismael Hernandez and 30-year old Gustavo Tijerina, near Sebastian. Both were found hiding in a shed.

The suspects are being held without bond on charges of capital murder and robbery.

The Department of Homeland Security says Javier Vega Junior was a Marine Corpse veteran and has served with the Border Patrol for 6 years.

 


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