What they did find was glass broken out of one of the automatic doors at the front of the store. Shortly after they entered the business, officers encountered 32-year-old Enrique “Ricky” Alvarado wielding a length of pipe and wearing nothing.
Employees told the officers that the intruder was in an aisle, and they were afraid to approach him.
Patrol officers Jonell Cisneros, Joshua Sorenson, Garrett Davidson and Salvaros Sanches II found the suspect within seconds and ordered him to drop the pipe.
But Alvarado refused to drop the weapon, and at one point he lifted a small razor in his right hand and tried to cut his own throat.
Then Sorenson fired his Taser, sending 50,000 volts of electricity through the suspect’s body.
Alvarado fell immediately to the floor, and Davidson and Cisneros each grabbed an arm. Sanchez went for the suspect’s legs, pinning them to the floor.
The officers called emergency medical service personnel to the scene and checked him out for injuries.
Witnesses said Alvarado had sustained cuts on his back when he crawled under a broken windowpane of the front door.
Officers later were told that Alvarado had been at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville, but he had fled the building without his clothes.
Other officers said they were told that the suspect apparently had knocked on the doors of some houses on the way across town.
The suspect was taken to the Bee County Jail at about 5:10 a.m. and booked on charges of criminal mischief, $1,500-$20,000. That charge, a third degree felony, was filed because of the cost of replacing the broken glass.
The charge is a state jail felony. If convicted, Alvarado could face up to two years in a state jail facility.
He was also booked on a charge of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.
Deputies at the Bee County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday afternoon that Alvarado had been combative when brought to the jail. No bail had been set on the two charges at of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.