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Grand jury indicts robbery suspects
by Gary Kent
Sep 13, 2012 | 2279 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Bee County grand jurors returned first degree felony indictments on two men suspected of robbing a Beeville couple in their home late last year.

The suspects, Rene Cantu and Javier Omar Gomez, were 20 and 22 years old when they were arrested last year.

The incident that led to the men being indicted on aggravated robbery charges took place on Nov. 14, 2011.

If convicted, each man could be sentenced to five to 99 years or life in prison and fined $10,000.

District Judge Joel Johnson set bond on each suspect at $100,000.

According to Detective Sgt. Art Gamez, the two men are suspected of having broken into a home in the 1600 block of North Tyler Street, surprising a couple in their 40s.

When the male resident of the house heard a noise, he got up to investigate and was confronted by two men with handguns.

The intruders then held the couple at gunpoint as they stole a number of electronic devices.

“We think they got the wrong house,” Police Chief Joe Treviño said at the time.

The chief said that when the intruders realized they were in the wrong residence, they probably decided to take what they could to make up for their mistake.

The items reported stolen included a television and a computer.

Cantu was arrested early this year in Corpus Christi after Gamez and Texas Ranger James Bennett were able to identify the suspects.

Lt. Richard Cantu joined Gamez and Bennett for the trip to Corpus Christi where they were assisted by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, deputies with the U.S. Marshal Service and officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

The authorities arrested Cantu but failed to find Hernandez at that time. He was later arrested in Corpus Christi after being stopped for a routine traffic violation.

Both suspects were held in Corpus Christi on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Treviño said at the time of Hernandez’s arrest that both men were thought to be involved in a Texas prison gang and possibly with a Mexican drug cartel.

Others indicted on felony charges last Thursday included:

•John Luis Vela on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The charge was enhanced to a punishment range of from 15 to 99 year or life in prison because Vela had a previous felony conviction on June 27, 2002, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, one to four grams.

Vela was accused by BPD investigators of having had sexual contact with a child under the age of six on May 14, 2011.

Bond was $50,000.

•Casey Lee Graham, also known as Juan Carlos Rodriguez, on a charge of bail jumping, a third degree felony.

If convicted, Graham faces a 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine.

According to a complaint filed by District Court Bailiff Bill Lazenby, Graham failed to appear in court on March 20 while out on a $2,000 bond on a charge of fraud, possession of a controlled substance, prescription.

Graham’s bond on the new charge was $50,000.

•Leticia Salazar Tomme, also known as Leticia Perez, on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a third degree felony.

Patrolman John Berry alleged that the defendant had cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride in her possession at the Bee County Jail on May 9.

Bond was $10,000.

•Ernesto Javier Ramirez on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

The charge is a third degree felony.

Patrolman Baldo Salazar accused Ramirez of using a motor vehicle to flee from him on April 23 as he was trying to arrest the suspect.

Bond was $5,000.

•Frank James Nockroes on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a third degree felony.

According to a complaint filed by Deputy Investigator Delilah Pier, Nockroes had a controlled substance, clonazepam, in his possession while at the Bee County Jail on Dec. 14, 2011.

Bond was $5,000.

•Gilberto S. Cortez Garcia on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third offense or more.

The charge is a third degree felony.

Garcia was arrested on the charge on Nov. 26, 2011, by Highway Patrol Trooper Lyle Cram.

According to the indictment, the defendant had two previous DWI convictions on Sept. 5, 2006 in Erath County.

Bond was $11,000 with interlock conditions.

•Enrique Perez on a charge of DWI third or more.

Highway Patrol troopers Aaron Frazier and Kolton Kendall arrested the defendant on the charge on Dec. 12, 2011.

Perez had previous DWI convictions on May 9, 1988, in Hidalgo County and on July 26, 2011, in Nueces County.

Bond was $10,000 with interlock conditions.

•Erik Fira on a charge of DWI with a passenger under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

The charge is a state jail felony. If convicted, Fira could be sentenced to two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.

Patrolman John Berry arrested the suspect on the charge on March 2.

Bond was $10,000.

•Katherine Marie Brown on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than one gram.

The charge is a state jail felony.

Patrolman Josh Meakins made the arrest on Nov. 4, 2011.

Bond was $3,000.
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