Posted: Jul 25, 2012 12:00 PM by Lindsay Curtis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 10:46 PM
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.
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