Detective Sgt. Art Gamez of the Beeville Police Department said city officers were joined by Texas Ranger James Bennett and members of the U.S. Marshal Service early Friday morning in a raid on a home in the 800 block of West Huntington Street.
The officers arrested Joe Angel Arroyos on a charge of aggravated robbery.
The offense is a first degree felony. If convicted, the suspect could be sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 99 years to life. He also could be fined $10,000.
The suspect was taken before Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga, who set his bond at $500,000.
Meanwhile, Gamez said BPD investigators learned that the other suspect in the robbery, Adrian Cortez, was already in custody on Jackson County on an unrelated charge.
The detective said Cortez also will be charged with aggravated robbery and eventually transferred to Beeville.
Gamez said Cortez lives in the Houston area. The detective said he is not sure when the suspect will arrive here.
The two men are suspected of entering a home on South St. Mary’s Street during the early morning hours of June 16 and awakening a teenager who was sleeping on the ground floor of a two-story house.
The men threatened the teen with baseball bats and ordered him to unplug a computer in that room where he was sleeping. When the boy was unable to comply quickly, they struck him several times with the bats.
The boy’s grandparents, who were asleep on the second floor, were awakened and went downstairs to investigate the noises they heard and the two intruders fled the home.
Police Chief Joe Treviño said the high bond on the suspect now in custody probably will keep him from being released.
Gamez said Friday morning’s arrest went without incident.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.