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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2005
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In the 1000 blockofTaylor on Friday,
a 25-year-old man told police he got con- tacted bya companyfrom Germanythat of- fered him a job with “great commission earning potential.”
Because he currently works for a com- panyvia the Internet,the complainant said he believed the job was legitimate and ac- cepted the deal.
According to reports, the complainant was sent several checks in the mail with in- structions to cash them in, keep 10 per- cent of each check amount, then send the rest of the cash in equal amounts in sever- al postage-paid brown envelopes with a pre-set return address from Germany.
The complainant said he cashed the checks by depositing them into his check- ing account, kept 10 percent of the funds, then withdrew the rest of the money to send to Germany.
A total of four checks were received, three for $1,500 each and one for $2,820.
All except one went through. Days after the checks were cashed,the bank advised the complainant that the checkfor $2,820was a fake checkand that his checking account had been overdrawn.
The complainant attempted to e-mail his contact in Germany to advise him of the situation but never received a response.
Their failure to respond is what motivat- ed the man to seek help from police, he said.
The complainant was advised to stop cashing the checks and report all future activity to the proper authorities.
In the 600 block of Logan on Friday,
a 61-year-old man told police a white con-
tainer hauled by a 1991 Utility trailer was stolen from a parking lot. The container was empty. Investigations are ongoing.
At Extended StayAmerica in the 100
block of Village Boulevard on Friday, at about 9:10 a.m., a 30-year-old Kingsville woman told police unknown persons stole a generator valued at $5,000 from the busi- ness. Investigations are ongoing.
In the 200 block of Charreada Drive
on Friday, a 32-year-old woman told police that her green 1999 Mercury Villager, valued at $3,300,was stolen byunknown persons.
On Thursday at No. 1 Convent, a 21-
year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both City of Laredo employees, told police an unknown suspect in a white Ford F-150 al- most ran them over while crossing into Mexico on one of Laredo’s international bridges. Investigations continue.
On Sunday in the 5400 block of San
Bernardo, a 43-year-old woman who resides in the 3300 block of Cuatro Vientos Drive told police her husband assaulted her.
According to reports, the complainant ran into her husband at the movie theater ac- companied by another woman. When she attempted to take a photo of them,he grew enraged and took the camera away from her.
The complainant told police the sus- pect destroyed her Sony digital camera, valued at $250, and practically broke her arm in the process.
No arrests were made.
Laredo police report suspects arrests
By CELINA ALVARADO LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Authorities released the names of a third suspect arrested for murder in Laredo and five il- legal immigrants arrested Friday in connection with several ongo- ing investigations.
Police said all six suspects were found inside a residence in the 500 block of Cherokee, where a fugitive wanted for murder — 19-year-old Gabriel Jalomo “El Gabo” Rodriguez — was hiding.
The six were identified as: Juan Claro Villegas Pavon, 21, of the 1600 block of Lafayette; Roberto de Luna Maganon, 25; Carlos Francisco Puga Pacheco, 17; Carlos Efren Garcia Almanza, 20; Juan Antonio Gaytan, 36; and Isidrio Gutierrez III, 32.
Police said Pavon is the third suspect charged with first-degree murder in connection with a killing at Taco Palenque on Sept. 25.
Maganon, Pacheco, Almanza, Gaytan and Gutierrez were charged with possession of a con- trolled substance, a felony 2, and turned over to Border Patrol cus- tody.
All six suspects arrested Fri- day were subsequently charged with engaging in organized crim- inal activity, a felony 1.
Laredo Police Crimes Against Persons investigators, assisted by patrol officers, the United States
Border Patrol and DPS officials, executed a search warrant in the 500 block of Cherokee Drive, just off of Killam Industrial Boule- vard, on Thursday to make the arrests.
The six suspects were taken in for questioning Thursday and arrested Friday after a search of the residence turned up 30 small balloons filled with cocaine and three handguns, police said.
Immediately following the raid Thursday, Gabriel Ro- driguez — who was being sought by police after he escaped Sept. 29 following a high-speed chase down Loop 20 — was arrested.
All seven suspects, Rodriguez included, were taken into cus- tody Thursday.
Rodriguez was arrested and charged with first-degree mur- der and engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony 1, po- lice said.
The other six were arrested Friday after they were ques- tioned.
Police said new evidence showed that both Pavon and Ro-
driguez were somehow connect- ed to the shooting death of Con- sepcion Rocha, which occurred Sept. 25 at the Taco Palenque on San Bernardo.
A third suspect, Jorge Grego- rio Reyes-Herbert, 21, was also arrested and charged in connec- tion with the Taco Palenque shooting this week.
Reyes-Herbert has also been linked to another unrelated shooting, which occurred in June outside Powell Watson Motors, police said.
Gregorio Reyes-Herbert and Rodriguez were hiding out in an apartment in the 2700 block of Chestnut Street, which was un- der police surveillance Sept 29.
The surveillance operation led to a high-speed pursuit that ended in Reyes-Herbert’s arrest; Rodriguez escaped that day by hiding in the brush.
Also arrested Sept. 29 were: Emerico DeLuna-Magallan, 19, of Nuevo Laredo; his brother Lino DeLuna-Magallan, 22, of Nuevo Laredo; and Priscilla Janeth Silva, 17, of Nuevo Laredo,
who officials found was wanted in Nuevo Laredo for her alleged involvement in an unrelated dou- ble homicide.
The Mexican municipal po- lice said the double homicide in- volved two victims who were shot and killed in July at the Colonia Victoria. One of the vic- tims, a female, was subsequently run over by a vehicle.
Reyes-Herbert and the broth- ers DeLuna-Magallan were charged with evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
(Celina Alvarado can be reached at 728-2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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