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Man holds burglar at gunpoint
by Gary Kent
Feb 28, 2013 | 3020 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — A 20-year-old suspected car burglar discovered he was looking up the barrel of a gun early Sunday morning after a resident saw him sitting in his vehicle.

Beeville Police Department Detective Lt. Eddie Garcia said Jimmy Barrera was chased down after he was seen sitting in a vehicle at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

The intended victim had a firearm that was not described in the report, and he gave chase.

The owner of the vehicle caught up with the suspect and held him until police arrived to make an arrest.

Barrera was taken to the Bee County Jail and booked on a charge of burglary of a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor.

The owner of the vehicle was not charged. Officers at the scene determined that the intended victim was protecting his property.

Barrera is suspected of being connected with a recent rash of vehicle burglaries because the number of such incidents has decreased since his arrest.

If convicted of the charge in county court, the defendant could be sentenced to 180 days in the county jail and fined $4,000.

Garcia also reported the arrest of a man and wife suspected of drug activity after a raid on their residence Sunday night.

According to the lieutenant, BPD Special Weapons and Tactics Team officers found cocaine, prescription pills and cash when they raided an address in the 1600 block of North Avenue D at about 9 p.m.

Guadalupe Rodriguez Sr., 45, and Amy Rodriguez, 34, were taken into custody on drug charges. Two other adults who were in the house at the time were detained on outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

According to Police Chief Joe Treviño, officers found more than 150 pills on the female suspect.

The man was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, a Class A misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, less than 28 grams, also a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than four grams.

The cocaine possession charge is a third degree felony, according to one of the investigating officers.

If convicted of that charge, Guadalupe Rodriguez could face a 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Amy Rodriguez was charged with possession of a controlled substance, less than 28 grams. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

Garcia said officers took $3,000 in cash from the residence.

An investigation into activity at the residence is continuing.

“The Beeville Police Department is going to continue to target illegal narcotics, even if it just one dealer at a time,” Treviño said.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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