ALICE–Three people, including a juvenile, were arrested after they beat and stabbed a man early on Wednesday morning and left him for dead at a residence in Alice.
Police said Isaac Garza, 26, Antonio Trejo, 18 and a 16-year-old boy were arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The trio was drinking with Francisco Celedon celebrating his birthday on the 1500 block of Guadalupe shortly before midnight Tuesday night.
Authorities said he started talking about being a part of a street gang when the three hit Celedon on his upper body and stabbed him in the face and head.
“He (Celedon) started bragging about him being a Latin King gang member and they just beat him up,” said Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno. “We don’t believe it’s gang related because these three aren’t involved with gangs.”
Police were called to the scene as soon as the violence began to happen and residents helped officers get on the case right away.
“People heard the commotion and called it in after it erupted,” Chief Bueno said. ” The suspects left the home and tried to get away, but residents gave a good description of the car.”
Officers found the three driving in the car on College Street on the other side of Alice. When they pulled over the car, the suspects were full of blood and it was evident they had been in fight.
A fourth person was inside the car and is considered a person of interest. Officers couldn’t find any evidence tying Bobby Rey Salinas to the beating, but he was arrested for disorderly conduct and another criminal charge. Investigators are still trying to determine if he should face any more charges.
Celedon was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and he was Halo Flight to Christius Spohn Memorial Hospital. He is listed in critical condition and is in bad shape. His family told police he has a bunch of fractures on his skull and is expected to have surgery on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Garza and Trejo were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and bond set at $5,000. The juvenile was taken to the San Diego Juvenile Justice Center and is facing the same charge.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org
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