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No injuries reported in one-vehicle rollover
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Sunday, 13 July 2014 20:02

EAGLE PASS (news release) -- Deputies were dispatched to US Highway 277 East after receiving reports of a rollover accident Wednesday July 9th, shortly before 12:20 AM.

Deputies arrived to find 26-year-old Josephine Garcia and a male juvenile were by the side of the road at the intersection of US Highway 277 E and Loop 480.

Ms. Garcia, identified as the driver, stated that the two were en route back to Carrizo Springs when a black pickup disregarded to the stop sign at the northbound ramp off of Loop 480.

Ms. Garcia veered left, causing her to lose control of a 2001 red Saturn, and driving into a storm drain.

Both Ms. Garcia and the juvenile passenger refused medical attention at the time of the incident.

 
Eagle Pass Police Department crime report
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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:10

Man arrested for DWI after crashing into utility pole

June 26, 2014: Officers assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Monte Vista Drive and South Veterans Boulevard. Investigation officer spoke with the driver of a white 2004 Chevy truck who had collided with a utility pole guide wire, a stop sign and a fire hydrant. The male driver identified as 20 year old Jorge Luis Gomez was found to display signs of intoxication and was administered 3 standardized field sobriety exams at the scene where numerous signs of intoxication were displayed. Gomez was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and voluntary specimen of his breath was requested which he voluntarily provided. The specimen results confirmed investigating officer’s suspicions as Gomez’ breath sample was almost double the legal limit of 0.08. Gomez was taken before Justice of the Peace Tere Melendrez for magistration and transferred to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $2000 bond.

Police arrest man for DWI

June 28, 2014: An officer assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation within the 2400 block of Main Street at approximately 9:00 am. The officer spoke with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as 23 year old Javier Garza, Jr.. The investigating officer noticed several signs of intoxication while speaking with Garza and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Garza’s breath and person. Garza was administered 3 standardized field sobriety exams at the scene where signs of intoxication were confirmed. Garza was placed under arrest and requested to provide a voluntary breath specimen which he voluntarily provided. The specimen Garza provided confirmed the investigating officer’s suspicions as Garza’s breath specimen was double the legal limit of 0.08. Garza was later taken before a Justice of the Peace for magistration and transferred to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $3000 bond.

NOTE: From Friday, June, 27, 2014 to Monday, June 29, 2014 there were three municipal court warrants effected resulting in the arrest of three male subjects.

 
18-year-old arrested in connection to a string burglaries
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Saturday, 28 June 2014 12:07

EAGLE PASS, Texas (press release/June 26) - Officers assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to a suspicious subject in the area of Lazar St. Officers were directed by residents to a male subject on a bicycle in an alleyway.

Due to several reported burglaries in the area in recent days, the male subject became aggresive and began to resist investiganting officers.

Necessary force was used to detain the male subject who was later identified as 18-year-old Mario Alberto Hernandez. 

Hernandez was arrested and during processing he was discovered to possess than two ounces of marijuana.

 Eagle Pass Police Criminal Investigation officers, through investigative procedures, were able to charge Hernandez with one count of burglary of habitation and one count of burglary of a building.

The charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana were also aided.

Hernandez was subsequently transferred to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of four seperate bonds totaling $13,000.

 
Del Rio Jury convicts two Los Zetas cartel members on federal charges
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:17

EAGLE PASS - Two senior members of the Los Zetas Cartel operating in Piedras Negras, Mexico, face up to life in federal prison after a jury convicted them of smuggling thousands of kilograms of marijuana and hundreds of assault rifles announced Robert Pitman, United States Attorney; Janice Ayala, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division; Robert Elder, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division; and, Christopher Combs, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division.

On Friday afternoon, jurors convicted 29–year-old Emilio Villalobos-Alcala (aka “La Tripa”), and 27–year-old Jose Eluid Lugo-Lopez (aka “Cochi Loco”) of one count of conspiracy to import marijuana; one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; one count of conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and, two counts of smuggling goods from the United States.

According to courtroom testimony, Villalobos-Alcala, a purported leader of the Los Zetas Cartel activities in Piedras Negras and fellow senior level member Lugo-Lopez were involved in a large-scale marijuana and firearms smuggling scheme from July 2011 until February 2013.

Assault weapons, other firearms, magazines and ammunition purchased in San Antonio were transported inside hidden compartments in cars and trucks and smuggled through Eagle Pass, Texas, to Piedras Negras. Bundles of marijuana, smuggled across the river into Quemado, Texas, were transported to stash houses in Eagle Pass.

From there, the marijuana was transported to stash houses in San Antonio and ultimately to distributors in Dallas and Houston. Evidence presented during the trial included multiple threats made by Villalobos Alcala and Lugo-Lopez that they would kill people involved in the smuggling conspiracy or their family members if they did not pay money for drugs or weapons seized by law enforcement or agree to move drugs or weapons on behalf of the cartel.

In February 2013, Villalobos was arrested at the Port of Entry in Eagle Pass. Lugo Lopez was arrested in Eagle Pass in November 2012 after crossing into the country illegally.

Villalobos-Alcala and Lugo-Lopez remain in federal custody pending sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for December 15, 2014, in Del Rio. This case was investigated by special agents with HSI, ATF, FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration together with the U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office.

 
ICE removes twice deported convicted felon wanted for murder in Mexico
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:15

BROWNSVILLE — A Mexican man wanted in his native country for murder was deported Tuesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Osbaldo Carrillo-Peralta, 39, was escorted to the Brownsville Port of Entry and turned over to Mexico’s Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) June 24.

On April 13, 2011, the 8th Judicial Court of the State of Durango, Mexico issued an arrest warrant for Carrillo-Peralta for homicide. "The arrest and removal of criminal aliens is at the absolute core of what we do," said Enrique M. Lucero, field office director for ERO San Antonio.

 
EPPD weekly crime report
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:36

Two 17-year-olds arrested for PI and resisting arrest

EAGLE PASS, Texas  (June 17) – Officers assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to a fight in progress in the Westlakes Subdivision at 3:25 a.m. Officers searching for possible suspects encountered two male subjects who upon speaking with appeared intoxicated. Investigating officer assigned to the case discovered one of the subjects, identified as 17-year-old Luis Enrique Garcia, had been involved in a physical altercation with a second subject who was not present at the time. Luis Enrique Garcia was placed under arrest for public intoxication and during the arrest began to resist. Officers utilized necessary force to arrest Garcia who was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. The second subject, later identified as 17-year-old Norberto Herrera Jr., was also placed under arrest. He was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after he began to use profane and abusive language in a public place during the arrest of Garcia. Herrera was later released from custody on a municipal court citation. Garcia was later taken before Municipal Court Judge Francisco Martinez III for magistration and then transferred to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $4000 bond for the charge of resisting arrest.

Woman caught altering price tags of merchandise in Walmart

EAGLE PASS (June 17) – An officer assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to the Walmart shopping center in reference to theft of merchandise. The investigating officer spoke with the store’s Loss Prevention personnel who informed that an adult female, identified as 45-year-old Laura Escamilla-Rodriguez, was seen changing the price tags on the items. She later proceeded to the self-checkout where she scanned and paid for the items at the altered price. Escamilla Rodriguez was detained after she exited the store with a total of $139.22 worth of merchandise. Escamilla Rodriguez was taken before JP Dora Madera for magistration and then transferred to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $1,500 bond.

Police arrest two women for theft at JC Penney

EAGLE PASS (June 17) – An officer assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to the JC Penney store in reference to theft of merchandise. The investigating officer spoke with Loss Prevention personnel who informed that two females had been detained. Loss Prevention personnel informed that the two females had individually selected several items and entered into a fitting room. The two females then exited the store without paying for the hidden merchandise. The two females, who were later detained upon exiting the store were found in possession of a purse and a diaper bag.  The females were identified as 17-year-old Zuriely Gutierrez Mendez and 24-year-old Dennys Mendoza Martinez. They were arrested and charged with theft of over $50.00 each. Both females were taken before JP Dora Madera for magistration and then transferred to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 bond each. 

 
Man loses control of car, crashes into wooded area
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Monday, 16 June 2014 12:29

EAGLE PASS (news release) - Deputies responded to a call by Industrial Parkway in reference to a rollover accident on Friday, June 13th, at 7:18 AM.

Units arrived to the locale and observed a male subject walking by the intersection og US Highway 277 North and Industrial Parkway.

Deputies made contact with the male, identified as Michael Rivera, who stated that he failed to control the speed of his 2004 silver Nissan 350Z and lost control of the vehicle.

Deputes later confirmed that it was a single motor vehicle accident and not a rollover as previously reported. EMS was summoned to the location and Mr. Rivera refused medical transportation or attention due to no visible injuries.

 
No injuries reported in tractor-trailer rollover
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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:30

EAGLE PASS, Texas - Maverick County Sheriff's deputies responded to a tractor trailer rollover accident on Texas Highway 131 Tuesday, June 10, 2014. 

Deputies arrived at the scene of the accident at approximately 4:16 PM to mile marker 527 and observed a white Freightliner trailer that had been hauiling blue pvc water pipes rolled over on its right side. 

Deputies made contact with the driver, who stated that he lost control of the trailer and failed to regain control, causing it roll over. 

The driver was checked by EMS and refused further medical attention. 


The Texas Department of Public Safety took over the accident scene.

 
Sheriff's deputies injured in crash, 21-year-old man arrested
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:01

EAGLE PASS (press release) - Officers assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to a motor vehicle accident within the 3100 block of Del Rio Boulevard involving a patrol unit of the Maverick County Sheriff's Department and a black BMW. 

Responding officers immediately requested Emergency Medical Services to attend the injured. While investigating the incident, officers spoke with the driver of the black BMW, later identified as Amadeo Benito Juarez, 21. Juarez displayed signs of intoxication and was further discovered to have a partially full and open container of alcohol in his vehicle. 

The two deputies involved, along with Juarez, were transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained. While at the emergency room, a voluntary specimen of Juarez's blood was requested of him as investigating officers suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. Upon his release from the hospital, Juarez was arrested on an active municipal court warrant and transported to the Eagle Pass Police Department. Juarez also received two citations for driving while his license was invalid and failure to maintain financial responsibility. The charge of DWI is pending the analysis of the blood specimen by the DPS crime lab.

 
Body of suspected undocumented immigrant found
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Sunday, 08 June 2014 12:22

EAGLE PASS (press release) - Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Comanche Ranch on June 5, 2014 in reference to a deceased person.

Upon arrival at 10:30 AM, contact was made with Border Patrol agents who stated they had located a body floating in the river.

The body of a male individual with Mexican Identification was retrieved from the river and Justice of the Peace Madera was at the scene of the discovery to pronounce the time of death at 12:58 PM.

 
Woman injured in rollover accident
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Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:21

EAGLE PASS (press release) - Maverick County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Farm Road 481 Mile Marker 552 in reference to a motor vehicle accident on June 6, 2014.

Deputies arrived after receiving a call at 5:38 PM and made contact with Martha Yanez-Flores, the driver of a green Kia.

Ms. Yanez-Flores stated that she lost complete control of her vehicle and in an attempt to regain control ended up off the highway, rolling over.

Ms. Yanez-Flores was treated by EMS on scene and then transported to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center for further medical treatment. This case remains under investigation.

 
Sheriff's office weekly crime report
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:09

Maverick Co. man suffers seizure

EAGLE PASS - On Sunday June 1 at 4:51 AM, Maverick County Sheriff's deputies arrived to the 2200 block of Del Rio Blvd. after having received calls of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, contact was made with Marisela Rodriguez who stated her brother had a seizure and fell to the ground. The male, identified as forty-five year old Victor Rodriguez, was taken to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center emergency room for treatment.

Man found dead inside his home

EAGLE PASS - Deputies were dispatched to 20773 Highway 277 North on May 31 in reference to a possible deceased individual. Upon arrival to the residence, deputies observed a male subject laying motionless in his bed. EMS was summoned to the location, where they noted the subject was deceased. Justice of the Peace Smith arrived at the scene and pronounced the male subject deceased at 4:15 PM.

Sheriff's deputies respond to rollover accident on Ruela St.

EAGLE PASS - On Saturday May 31 at approximately 3:29 AM, deputies responded to a call on Ruela Street in reference to a rolled over vehicle. Deputies arrived to the location to find a male subject attempting to leave the scene of an accident. The subject was later identified as Issac Aldama, a resident of Eagle Pass, who was being uncooperative with deputies. EMS was summoned to the location to provided medical assistance but Mr. Aldama refused. The subject was highly intoxicated at the time of the accident and was then placed under arrest for Driving while Intoxicated. Mr. Aldama was transported to the Tom Bowles Detention Center for processing.

 
EPPD weekly crime report
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:59

Eagle Pass man arrested in connection with sexual assault of a child

EAGLE PASS - 49-year-old Ricardo Diaz was arrested on a warrant issued by Justice of the Peace Teresa Melendrez for sexual assault of a child for an incident that occurred on May 10, 2014. Diaz was taken before Municipal Court Judge Francisco Martinez III where he was formally charged and then remanded to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $75,000 bond. The case remains under active investigation with the Eagle Pass Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

47-year-old man arrested on charges of indecency with a child

EAGLE PASS - An officer assigned to the Eagle Pass Police Department Patrol Division responded to the U.S. Port of Entry #1 in reference to a report of indecency with a child. The responding officer spoke with the mother of the child involved who reported two separate incidents involving the child's step-father . The Eagle Pass Criminal Investigation Division was notified and the step-father who was present at the time of the report voluntarily spoke with an investigator. After conferring with the office of the District Attorney, 47-year-old Jesus Antonio Ramos was arrested and formally charged with indecency with a child. Ramos was magistrated by Municipal Judge Francisco Martinez III and remanded to the Tom Bowles Detention Center in lieu of a $60,000 bond. The case remains under active investigation.

 
Federal Grand Jury indicts two Carrizo Springs residents in violent smuggling scheme
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:15

DEL RIO (Press Release) - A federal grand jury has indicted two Carrizo Springs, TX, residents for their roles in an undocumented immigrant smuggling scheme in which the victims suffered serious bodily injury announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala, San Antonio Division.

The seven–count indictment, returned yesterday, alleges that between May 1, 2014 and May 4, 2014, the defendants, 32–year-old Atanacio Daniel Castro and 22–year-old Eduardo Rocha, Jr., of Carrizo Springs, TX, knowingly conspired to transport and harbor undocumented aliens and while doing so, caused serious bodily injury to those individuals. The indictment further charges that the defendants threatened to kill, injure or further detain individuals whom they held hostage, in order to compel others to pay ransom money for their release.

According to court records, Castro allegedly struck the hands of two adult male hostages with a hammer and demanded additional payment while the victims were on the phone with family members discussing payment of smuggling fees. Court records also allege that Castro, on multiple occasions, sexually assaulted a smuggled female undocumented alien.

Upon conviction, the defendants face up to life in federal prison for conspiracy to commit hostage taking. Each remaining charge calls for up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction. Both defendants remain in federal custody pending trial. No trial date has been scheduled.

This indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by HSI agents together with the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew H. Watters and Patrick Burke are prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 
80-year-old man dies from apparent suicide in Maverick County
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:05

SECO MINES - The Maverick County Sheriff's office is investigating the apparent suicide of an 80-year-old man in Seco Mines.

Sheriff Tom Schmerber said the man's body was found inside his home Thursday afternoon.

A justice of the peace pronounced the man dead shortly after 1 p.m. and ordered an autopsy be performed in Laredo.

The man's identity is being withheld because of the presumed cause of death.

 
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