08/08/2012 05:22 PM
ALICE - Investigators issued arrest warrants for two men in connection with a deadly drive-by shooting in Alice last month.
Today, Raul Martinez turned himself in a charge of tampering with… Click to Read More and see additional updates
08/08/2012 05:22 PM
ALICE - Investigators issued arrest warrants for two men in connection with a deadly drive-by shooting in Alice last month.
Today, Raul Martinez turned himself in a charge of tampering with evidence. 24-year-old David Cantu Jr is still wanted on a charge of murder.
Police say the shooting and subsequent crash that caused the death of four men is the result of a feud between rival gangs.
Last week, officials from several agencies announced the arrests of 36 people as part of a crackdown on gang violence in the small city.
08/03/2012 03:01 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICE - Murder suspect Antonio Castillo is expected to arrive home in Alice tonight after a trip from a county jail in Mississippi. Police Chief Daniel Bueno says several officers were sent to pick up Castillo, who's accused of skipping town shortly after bailing out of jail on a weapons charge and before a murder warrant was issued.
Castillo was arrested at a bus station in Mississippi last week. He's facing charges for the drive-by shooting in Alice that resulted in the deaths of four known gang members. 18-year-old Isaac Vela died from a gunshot wound. Three other men were found dead or dying in a bullet riddled car that hit a school.
The incident sparked a week of fear in the community as other drive-by shootings were reported. Several law enforcement agencies took part in a round-up of 36 suspected gang members after the shootings.
07/28/2012 10:33 PM by Mitch Bryan
MISSISSIPPI - Friday night police arrested a man wanted for murder in the Alice gang wars, and 6 News got exclusive cell phone video of that arrest.
Police captured Antonio Castillo in Grenada, Mississippi on a Greyhound bus.
"The crazy man was on the bus with us!"
The Grenada county sheriff office in Mississippi has confirmed that this is video from Antonio Castillo's arrest.
In the video you can see an officer carrying an AR-16 assault rifle through the middle aisle as worried passengers watched the chaos from behind their seats.
The video was shot by a retired news photographer named Andy who asked that we only use his first name.
Andy and his girlfriend were enjoying the bus ride when at the next rest stop, armed officers stormed the bus.
"Next thing we know, we hear a lady up in the front yelling, get down, hit the floor, they got guns," Andy said.
Andy says the officers pulled a different man off the bus before realizing they had the wrong guy.
Next, they grabbed Antonio Castillo, and got him into handcuffs without incident.
Andy says Castillo was silent the whole bus ride.
"He was very quiet in the back. And I didn't hear anything from any of the passengers after they got him off, saying anything," said Andy.
Castillo was taken to the Grenada County Jail to await transport back to Alice where he faces murder charges.
Meanwhile, Andy and his girlfriend got to their destination safe and sound, though he says he will think twice before taking the greyhound bus again.
"It was pretty much, something out of Hollywood. But, I mean, in today's society, you never know what can happen, so you just hope for the best," said Andy.
We tried to get in touch with local officials to find out when Castillo will be extradited back to Texas, but have not heard from them yet. However Mississippi police say it should happen sometime next week.
07/27/2012 06:01 PM
ALICE - Authorities in Mississippi caught up with a man wanted for murder in Alice. Local officials say Antonio Castillo left town after he posted bond on an weapons charge earlier this week.
He's one of the 36 people arrested as part of an anti-gang initiative in Alice that started with a drive-by shooting and crash killed four men on Sunday.
Police Chief Daniel Bueno tells us Castillo was arrested by U.S. Marshals at a bus stop.
07/27/2012 04:23 PM
ALICE - Officials in the city of Alice say they want to send a message that gang violence will not be tolerated. Thirty six people are now in custody as a result of anti-gang operations over the past five days.
The trouble started on Sunday when a fatal drive-by shooting and crash claimed the lives of four people, touching off a week of unrest.
"We're not going to allow that small percentage of the population to take control of this city," says City Manager Ray De Los Santos Jr.
The violence is believed to be part of an ongoing dispute between rival street gangs.
District Attorney Armando Barrera said, "I don't know who started the gang war, but I know who's gonna finish it."
Since that Sunday incident police have investigated three additional drive-by shootings, raided two homes, and seized several weapons from convicted felons.
07/27/2012 11:35 AM
ALICE - Police Chief Daniel Bueno will hold a briefing at 3pm today concerning a raid on suspected gang members in Alice.
Yesterday afternoon, Alice police, Jim Wells County deputies, DPS troopers, and FBI agents shut down Escobar Street as they searched a home and arrested five people.
Kidmond Vela, Tarzan Vela, Marcus Aguirre, Michelle Martinez, and Nathan Ortiz face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.
A truck belonging to Kidmond Vela was seized during yesterday's raid. It's believed Vela was the intended target of a drive-by shooting on Tuesday.
The District Attorney tells us an assault rifle found in a backyard garden was seized by authorities. It's believed the rifle was used in the deadly shooting and crash on Nayer Street on Sunday that started a week of concern about violence in the small city.
Four gang members were killed on Sunday. It started with the drive-by murder of 18-year-old Isaac Vela. A short time afterwards, a car with four men inside crashed into a school. Two men died at the scene, another died in the hospital. Officials say the men in the vehicle had been shot.
The only survivor from the car, 55-year-old Dan Robledo, remains hospitalized with broken legs and arms. He's expected to face charges for Sunday's events.
Alice authorities say the recent violence is part of a feud between the Raza Unida and Latin King gangs.
Currently, only Andrew Garcia is charged with murder as a result of Sunday's night shootings.
07/26/2012 06:46 PM
ALICE - Police Chief Daniel Bueno confirms several arrests have been made in a raid at a home on Escobar Streer this afternoon. Bueno says multiple agencies were involved in carrying out a warrant to search for evidence at the home that's on the same street as a drive-by shooting earlier this week.
We're told the raid is related to a deadly gang-related drive-by that occured over the weekend.
On Sunday, one known gang member was killed in a drive-by shooting. Shortly afterwards three men involved in the shooting ied when their car hit a school. Police are also investigating two other drive-bys since Sunday.
No one was hurt in those incidents, but police believe it was retaliation for what occured Sunday. A growing feud between two rival gangs is belived to be behind the violence.
07/26/2012 04:59 PM
ALICE - Members of the FBI, Department of Public Safety, Jim Wells County Sheriffs Office and the Alice Department have shut down the 100 block of Escobar in Alice this afternoon.
The Alice Echo-News Journal reports that whole section of the neighborhood is closed down to the public.
There was a drive-by shooting on that stretch of road Tuesday afternoon.
The newspaper reports one person is in custody and more arrests are expected.
07/25/2012 10:11 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
ALICE -- Before getting to the regular agenda, Alice city council members took a brief moment to talk about the recent increase in gang violence there.
The big thing council members wanted to get across to residents is that they are safe and the police department is doing a great job keeping things under control.
Council members said the best thing Alice residents can do right now is simply unite and let the police department do their job.
The mayor pro-tem added people spreading rumors on Facebook and exaggerating the facts will only make the situation worse.
She said, "We are not the wild west. There are not bullets being shot in every single corner. I have a lot of concerned relatives who are feeling that's going on and I think some people have been putting things on Facebook that may be a little big agitating and they might be getting the wrong impression of our city."
We did try to talk to council members after the meeting, but they referred us to the city manager who didn't want to do an interview either.
He said saying anything now, could jeopardize the police department's operation to get the gang members -- responsible for these shootings -- behind bars.
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07/25/2012 12:00 PM by Lindsay Curtis - firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICE - Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno insists his department is doing everything in their power to stop an apparent gang war in the city. Bueno says a rivalry between two known gangs, the Latin Kings and the Raza Unida, is the reason behind the recent violence in the city. The Chief says this is the most gang violence he has seen in Alice in quite some time.
Still, Chief Bueno says Alice residents should continue going about their daily lives without fear because the gang members are only after one another. "I have some concerns, definitely, but I cannot predict when they're going to shoot at each other. These are gangs against gangs. We are doing everything possible to have people in place at locations we feel it is going to occur. we ask the community if they hear anything suspicious to report it. If they see anything suspicious, to report it," Bueno said. He says that most of the people involved in this gang war are related to one another.
Several arrests have been made since Sunday's drive-by shooting and vehicle crash that left four known gang members dead. Police arrested Andrew Garcia Tuesday afternoon. Garcia facecs murder charges as police say early Sunday morning he opened fire on a car that drove by, shooting and killing 18-year-old Issac Vela. Chief Bueno says the District Attorney is working closely with investigators to see that more arrests happen as soon as possible.
Tuesday afternoon, another drive-by shooting was reported on the 100 block of Escobar when shots were fired at a parked pickup truck. Nobody was hurt in the shooting and Bueno says the alleged target of the crime is not cooperating with investigators. Two arrests were made at the Escobar home, one for possession of cocaine and one for possession of a hand gun. There is no firm connection between those arrests and the drive-by shooting.
Tuesday night at 11:35 pm, police received another call of shots fired on 4th and Wright. Police took a report on the incident, but no arrests were made.
About one hour later, Bueno says, officers pulled over a car and arrested the two men inside. Tony Castillo was arrested for unlawful possesion of a firearm. Bueno says he was on the 300 block of Nayer Street Sunday when the first drive-by occurred. Freer resident Joseph Uribe was also arrested. Bueno says Uribe is a felon and was arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon by a felon. Chief Bueno says Uribe and Castillo have definite ties to the gang war.
Later Tuesday night, another man was also arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon. Details on that arrest are scarce at this time.
07/25/2012 10:34 AM
ALICE - Officers in Alice were once again searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting last night. Around 11pm shots were fired in the 300 block of North Wright Street.
Police Chief Daniel Bueno believes it was another act of retaliation between gang members. A know gang member is said to live at the home that was target, but no one was injured.
A short time later, police arrested another gang member who had a gun in his car.
Police have not said if last night's drive-by is related to the shootings on Sunday or Tuesday.
07/24/2012 11:56 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
ALICE -- Police have made their first arrest in a rash of gang related violence in Alice.
On Sunday, four known gang members were killed.
One died in a drive-by shooting, the others were involved in a shooting and car crash.
Homicide investigators were trying to figure out if the 3 car crash victims died from crash injuries or if they were shot. Chief Danny Bueno has said the men in the front seat died from gunshot wounds.
And earlier today, there was another shooting in the 100 Block of Escobar Street.
No one was hurt in that shooting and police believe they know who did it and plan to make an arrest soon.
Police questioned several people today for the drive-by, but let them all go.
Officers say the recent violence likely stems from a rivalry between two gangs.
But we're told one of those gang members is now off the street.
Andrew Garcia is behind bars charged with murder.
Police say early Sunday morning he opened fire on a car that drove by and someone inside shot and killed 18-year-old Isaac Vela.
Police say that Garcia returned fire on that car, killing one man inside.
Another man inside the car was also shot and died.
At this point, police are not sure if Garcia killed both men.
After that shooting, the car crashed into a school and a third man inside the car died.
Fast-forward, two days later, and there's another drive-by shooting.
It happened in the 100 Block of Escobar.
Someone drove by and fired at a red truck.
Nathan Ortiz says his younger brother drives that truck, but he wasn't hurt.
Ortiz says his brother is affiliated with a gang, but didn't say which one.
Ortiz said, "I know a lot of people are judging. They can say what they want, but they're not in his shoes. Everyone makes choices and he's trying to change all that."
Meanwhile, the police chief says the two drive-by shootings could be related and may involve the rival gangs of La Raza Unida and the Latin Kings.
Police have not made any arrests from today's drive-by shooting.
As for Sundays' drive by, they have two people of interest and plan to get warrants for their arrest soon.
The police chief says there are state and federal agencies helping to investigate these latest cases and he says people in Alice should not fear for their safety because there is extra security and cops patrolling the streets.
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07/24/2012 08:21 PM
ALICE - Police have arrested 23-year-old Andrew Garcia for murder in connection with a shootout early Sunday morning in the 300 block of Nayer in Alice.
It was around 3am when police say four men drove past a residence on Nayer and opened fire, killing 18 year old Isaac Vela.
The car later crashed through a fence and slammed into St. Joseph Elementary school. The driver, 25-year-old Dagoberto Baiza, and one passenger, 28-year-old Juan Benavides, were dead when police arrived at the crash scene.
30-year-old Omar Beltran died Sunday afternoon. 55-year-old Daniel Robledo survived, but is listed in critical condition.
The incident was believed to involve rival gangs in town, the Latin Kings and Raza Unida.
It was unclear on Sunday whether the victims in the car died from the crash or from being shot.
This afternoon, Police Chief Daniel Bueno said the two men in the front seat died from gunshot wounds.
Garcia is now being held in the Jim Wells County jail on a on million dollar bond. Police believe Garcia fired into the carload of men who shot Vela.
Garcia's arrest came hours after another driveby shooting in which no one was injured.
07/24/2012 06:34 PM by Mia Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICE - Just days after four men died in a drive-by shooting and car crash in Alice, there's been another shooting.
Around 1:30pm police were called to the 100 block of Escobar after someone fired on a parked pickup truck. No one was in the truck at the time.
The police detained four men and took them into questioning, but they were all released.
Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno believes the gang violence in Alice stems from a rivalry between two known gangs, the Latin Kings and La Raza Unida.
Nathan Ortiz, the brother of the driver of the red truck says his brother is only 18 and an affiliated gang member trying to get out.
Ortiz told us why he thinks this gang war is happening, "It's because of the dominance. One person thinks hr is better or bigger then the other, or badder. But what they don't realize, I guess they haven't figured it out, there is going to be someone bigger and badder. Why are you even trying? Until everybody is dead? That's why they are killing, for peace."
Police are still investigting both cases and while they believe both are gang related, they are uncertain at this point if they are related.
07/24/2012 03:22 PM
ALICE - The Alice Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of Escobar this afternoon. An investigator says a group of suspects in a dark blue vehicle fired several shots at a truck parked on the street.
We're told the intended targets were already inside the home when the shots were fired. No one was injured.
Police are talking to several people right now about the incident.
07/23/2012 05:57 PM by Lindsay Curtis - Lcurtis@kristv.com
ALICE - Some Alice residents say gang violence seems to be on the rise there and they're worried. The Alice Police Chief says a plan is in the works to address growing violence between two rival gangs, the Latin Kings and La Raza Unida gang.
Red tape marks the spot at St. Joseph Elementary School where police say a car carrying four gang members crashed early Sunday morning. Police say the car crashed minutes after someone inside it committed a fatal drive-by shooting. A total of four known gang members died in the shooting and crash incident.
Life-long Alice residents Esther and Cindy Salinas say they've noticed violence increasing in their city. They say Sunday's drive by and crash makes them nervous, and they're not alone. People in the area were hesitant to talk to me about the recent violence because they say they're afraid of retaliation. They all say they just wish the violence would stop. "You never expect there's going to be another drive-by shooting and there's people that are innocent that get killed for no reason," said lifelong Alice resident, Cindy Salinas.
A recent outbreak of violence between the two rival gangs has police concerned about the safety of innocent bystanders, too. Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno says his gang division has been working on a plan for weeks to put a stop to it. "I can understand that they are concerned and it definitely puts a situation at hand that is critical," he said. So critical that Bueno met with other city leaders Monday morning to discuss a plan of action. Bueno wouldn't reveal any details on that plan, but insists Alice residents don't need to be worried. He says they can expect to see many gang members put behind bars in the coming weeks.
Chief Bueno says there does not appear to be a connection between this weekend's drive-by and any of the other homicides that happened earlier this year.
07/23/2012 02:42 PM by Lindsay Curtis - Lcurtis@kristv.com
ALICE - Police in Alice continue investigating a gang-related drive-by shooting and car crash that left four men dead this weekend.
Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno tells Six News his gang unit has been working on a plan to stop gang violence in the city. He could not release details on that plan, but says residents can expect to see results in the coming weeks.
Early Sunday morning, a car with four known gang members inside crashed into St. Joseph Elementary School. Police say the driver was speeding, after someone inside the car shot and killed 18-year-old Issac Vela on the 300 block of Nayer.
The driver, 25-year-old Dagoberto Baiza, and passenger, 28-year-old Juan Benavides were dead when police arrived to St. Joseph's. Thirty-year-old passenger Omar Beltran died later Sunday afternoon.
Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Robledo survived, but is listed in critical condition.
Police are waiting for autopsy results to see if the men in the car died from the crash, or from gun shot wounds.
07/22/2012 10:11 PM by Mitch Bryan
ALICE - Four men are dead tonight after a shooting and car crash in Alice early this morning.
This is what was left of the scene at St. Jospeh Elementary School this morning after police cleared out.
You can see the broken fence where a vehicle smashed into this brick wall.
As alice Police Chief, Daniel Bueno explains, this is where the gang-related shooting and chase ended.
"And I heard that horrible, horrible noise. It was terrible."
That's the voice of a resident on Nayer Street who asked that we not show her face or give her name. She tells us she fears retaliation from gang members.
Officers say they found the body of 18 year old Issac Velain the 300 block of Nayer, shot once in the head.
After the supposed drive-by shooting, the vehicle and it's 4 occupants sped off, until it lost control and crashed in the side of the school.
The driver of that vehicle, 25 year old, Dagoberto Baiza was found dead following the crash as well as the front-seat passenger, 28 year old Juan Benavides.
"It was horrible. Then they had to pull 3, no, 2 people from under the car. One from the side of the car and then the one that was dead. But that one they didn't pull out until about 5 o'clock in the morning."
There were also two men in the backseat who suffered severe injuries. One of them, 30 year old, Omar Beltran died today at 1:00 p.m.
the other, 55 year old daniel robledo is still alive, but listed in critical condition.
"I didn't know what to do, so I called 911. And I told the girl, please hurry up! Because I could hear the man and he was waving his arms like this and yelling and yelling. It seemed like he was dying."
Chief Daniel Bueno says they did find guns in the vehicle and that his office will continue to investigate this gang-related shooting that left these residents fearing for their own safety.
07/22/2012 05:05 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
ALICE - There's an update on a shooting that happened around 3:00 a.m. this morning in Alice.
Police say 18-year-old Isaac Vela was standing outside at the 300 block of Nayer Street when he was shot in the head. He died on the scene. Police also say they believe the shooting was gang related. Alice Police Department Chief Daniel Bueno said they suspect the shooting was a drive-by but added they won't know for sure until the investigation is complete.
After the shooting, police say the vehicle left at a high rate of speed and lost control, hitting St. Joseph Elementary School. The driver of that vehicle, 25-year-old Dagoberto Baiza was found dead following the crash as well as the front-seat passenger, Juan Benavides 28-year-old.
Jaws of life were used to get the men out of the vehicle. Both backseat passengers were transported to a hospital in critical condition. One backseat passenger, 30-year-old Omar Beltran died today at 1:00 p.m.
Police say another passenger, 55-year-old Daniel Robledo, is alive but still listed in critical condition. Officers say they did find a few guns in the vehicle and are still investigating the homicides.
07/22/2012 03:23 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
ALICE - Police say they're investigating a triple homicide today after an early morning shooting in Alice. Officers say it happened around 3:00 am and was gang related. 29-year-old Juan Benavides and 18-year-old Isaac Vela are among the deceased. The name of the third victim isn't known at this time. Police say Vela was shot in the head at Nayer Street. One other, 30-year-old Omar Beltran Jr, is in critical condition. The shooting ended at St Joseph Elementary School where one vehicle crashed into a fence.
07/22/2012 10:53 AM
ALICE - Police are investigating a homicide that happened early Sunday morning in Alice. We have a reporter in Alice working on getting more information from Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno. We will bring more details as soon as they become available.
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