South Texas Crime/Court News

CORPUS CHRISTI–A worker at a fast food restaurant in Corpus Christi gets assaulted and robbed on Monday night by some suspects she knew.

Veronica Garcia, 27, was working at the Sonic on the  3500 block of Ayers when a female she knew from previous occasions jumped out of a Grey Navigator or Expedition and started punching her.

Garcia said as she tried to get up, a second female jumped in and pushed her down, while the first suspect grabbed her money bag with about $1,500 in it.

Garcia suffered minor injuries in the assault. Officers searched the area for the suspects, but couldn’t find the two women.

Some apartment residents jump into action as they catch two auto burglary suspects breaking into cars at their complex.

Daniel Soto Arrested for Car Burglary

Residents reported seeing Daniel Soto, 20, and Julianne Montes, 18, were seen breaking into cars at the Woodbury Place Apartments during the overnight hours on Tuesday morning.

They said Soto was breaking into the cars, while Montes was the getaway driver and lookout person for the auto burglaries.

Julianne Montes Arrested in Car Burglary

So residents called police and blocked in the car they were using and officers busted the two.     

Soto and Montes were arrested for auto burglary and taken to the jail.

Arson investigators are investigating a case after a molotov cocktail was thrown at a residence on the 1800 block of Hudson.

It happened around 5 am and firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly so the home only had minor damage.

BROWNSVILLE–A 20-year-old man gets arrested shortly after committing a burglary and threatening a victim on Monday afternoon.

BPD Oscar Eduardo Perez 10124464-3134 Burgalry Click for Booking Photo

Brownsville Police reports a neighbor at an apartment complex said Eduardo Perez broke into an apartment. When the victim got too close to his apartment, she said he threatened her with a pocket knife.

When police conducted its investigation, they determined he was involved with a second burglary in the month. In that case, they discovered a radio belong to a Brownsville Independent School District security officer.

Perez was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and engaging in organized criminal activity. His bond was set at $40,000.

Brownsville Police also got a tip drugs were being sold from a house in the Southmost area on Monday.

Agents raided the home at 134 Linda Lane and found nearly three-quarters of a pound of marijuana.

BPD Jesus De La Fuente 10124439 POM Click for Booking Photo

They arrested Jesus De La Fuente, 44, on charges of possession of marijuana. A judge set his bond at $7,5000 when he was arraigned on Tuesday morning.  

ALICE–A DPS trooper pulled over a car north of Alice on Highway 281 and discovered 52 pounds of marijuana hidden in the gas tank.

Authorities said the two men were acting nervous last Wednesday when they were pulled over.

So they started investigating and found the drugs concealed in the gas tank. It was wrapped in 52 bundles and believed to be headed north to be sold on the streets. The street value of the drugs is estimated at more than $50,000.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,

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