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Home invasion suspects indicted
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE – Two men charged with aggravated robbery in connection with a June 16, 2012, home invasion were indicted by the Bee County Grand Jury last week.

The suspects, both of whom were 21 years old when taken into custody last year, face from five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted of the first degree felony charges.

Each also could be fined $10,000.

The suspects included Joe Angel Arroyos, who was arrested in a raid on a home in the 800 block of West Huntington Street nine months ago, and Adrian Cortez, who was in custody in Jackson County on an unrelated charge when Beeville Police Department detectives ordered him held for them on the robbery charge.

The men were identified as the two home invaders who slipped into a residence on South St. Mary’s Street and awoke a teenager sleeping on the first floor.

Detective Art Gamez said at the time of the arrest that the men carried baseball bats apparently taken from a garage on the property.

The men ordered the teen to disconnect a computer, and when he hesitated, he was assaulted by at least one of the intruders.

The teen’s grandparents were asleep on the second floor at the time and were awakened by noises coming from the first floor.

The grandmother went first to check on the noise, thinking it might be the grandson watching television.

The teen reportedly warned his grandmother not to interfere when she noticed the two strangers in the house. But by that time, the grandfather also had gone downstairs, and the two intruders fled the scene.

The indictment said the incident took place on or about June 10, but police reported that it happened on June 16.

Both suspects were indicted for striking the teenager during the home invasion, and the bats were described as deadly weapons.

District Judge Starr Bauer set Arroyos’ bond at $25,000 and Cortez’s bond at $50,000.

Others indicted last Thursday included:

•Porfirio Medellin, III in a two-count indictment on charges of sexual assault and indecency by contact.

Both charges are second degree felonies. If convicted, the suspect could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.

According to BPD officers, the suspect made sexual contact with a girl under the age of 17 on March 27, 2011.

Bond was $50,000.

•Alfonso Alaniz Ramos on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle, enhanced to habitual.

Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Frazier arrested the suspect following an incident on Aug. 24, 2012, after Ramos allegedly fled from him as he was trying to detain him.

The charge was enhanced because Ramos had previous felony convictions on Aug. 27, 1987, on a charge of burglary of a building and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, threat, on July 30, 1992. Both convictions were in Karnes County.

Bond was $5,000.

•Eloy Benavides Martinez on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, between one and four grams, a third degree felony.

The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to a BPD patrolman, Martinez had methamphetamine in his possession on or about May 25, 2012.

Bond was $15,000.

•Marcus Leonard Ruiz, also known as Marcus Leanard Ruiz, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.

The charge is a third degree felony.

Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker took Ruiz into custody on the charge on March 2, 2012. He had previous DWI convictions on Nov. 23, 2005, and Nov. 17, 2011, both in Bee County.

Bond was $7,000 with a requirement that he have an interlock device installed on his vehicle.

•Rosalinda Herrera Contreras on a charge of DWI, third or more.

The charge is a third degree felony.

According to Trooper Kolton Kendall, Contreras was driving while intoxicated on Jan. 12. She had previous DWI convictions on Dec. 29, 2003, in Travis County and June 19, 2011, in Bee County.

Bond was $1,000 with interlock conditions.

•Derrick Mata on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than one gram.

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

BPD Detective Chris Vasquez alleged that the defendant had the drug on June 1, 2012.

Bond was $2,500.

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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