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Grand jury indicts police officer assault suspect
by Gary Kent
Oct 14, 2012 | 4807 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — A local man faces a possible 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted of assaulting a police officer.

Lawrence Geraldo Gonzales was indicted on Oct. 4 by the Bee County Grand Jury on a charge of assault against a public servant. The offense is a third degree felony.

Gonzales was accused by the Beeville Police Department of closing a door on Patrolman Jordan Tindol’s finger while the officer was arresting him during an incident on July 4. District Judge Janna Whatley set bond on the defendant at $7,500.

Others indicted on Oct. 4 were:

•Matthew Tovar on a charge of evading arrest, a third degree felony.

According to investigators with the Bee County Sheriffs Office, Tovar fled from Deputy Cecil Daniels on April 5 while Daniels was trying to arrest him.Bond was $1,000.

•Gabriel Green on a charge of assault against a family member, choking. That offense is a third degree felony.

Patrolman Tindol alleged that Green choked a family member during an incident on Dec. 20, 2011. Bond was $1,500.

•Misty Ray Reyes on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a third degree felony.

Deputy Rick Villarreal alleged that the 34-year-old suspect had between one and four grams of the drug in her possession on Jan. 9. Bond was $3,000.

•James Russel Blanton on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third offense or more.

The offense is a third degree felony.

Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker alleged that Blanton was driving drunk on April 8.

The defendant had previous DWI convictions on July 29, 1999, in Brazoria County and on April 18, 2002, in McLennan County. Bond was $8,000.

•Arnold Charles Medina on a charge of DWI, third or more.

BPD Patrolman Jonell Cisneros arrested the 42-year-old on the charge on Oct. 22, 2011.

The indictment showed that Medina had previous DWI convictions on May 3, 1990, in Bee County and on Feb. 7, 2005, in Nueces County. Bond was $5,000.

•Michael Anthony Torres on a charge of DWI, third or more a third degree felony.

Highway Patrol Trooper Kolton Kendall took the 27-year-old suspect into custody on the charge on Jan. 15.

The indictment listed previous DWI convictions on April 10, 2007, and on April 30, 2009, both in Live Oak County.

Bond was $3,000 with interlock conditions.

•Daniel Paul Valverde on a charge of DWI, third or more. The charge is a third degree felony

Trooper Baker alleged that the suspect was driving under the influence of alcohol on June 18.

He had previous DWI convictions on Oct. 12, 2000, and on Feb. 14, 2002, both in Bell County.
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