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Grand jury indicts armed robbery suspect
by Gary Kent
Sep 28, 2011 | 2275 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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BEEVILLE — An incident on April 17 in which five apparent robbery victims were held up at gunpoint could land a Beeville man in prison for the rest of his life.

Bee County grand jurors returned a first degree felony indictment against Raul Longoria on five counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the alleged incident.

Police officers made the allegation after the victims claimed that Longoria, also known as “Cooney,” took property from them using a firearm.

If convicted of a first degree felony, a defendant could face anywhere from five to 99 years or life in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.

District Judge Joel Johnson set the suspect’s bond at $100,000.

Grand jurors also indicted Jonathan Perez on two first degree felony counts of aggravated sexual assault with a child and one count of indecency with a child, a second degree felony.

A conviction on a second degree felony charge could get Perez a prison term of 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

Bee County Sheriff’s Office investigators worked with a district attorney’s investigator on the case.

The charges included incidents that allegedly took place on Sept. 14, 2010, and on May 21 of this year.

Bond was $20,000 with certain conditions.

Some of the others indicted this month included:

•Richard Christopher Derringer on a two counts of charges of indecency with a child, contact.

The offense is a second degree felony. According to Beeville Police Department investigators, Derringer had sexual contact with a girl under the age of 17 on March 15 and again on Nov. 15, 2008.

Bond was $20,000.

•Brandon Jeremy Vigil on a charge of sexual assault of a child, a second degree felony.

Bee County investigator Adam Levine alleged that Vigil had sex with a girl under the age of 14 on Feb. 20.

His bond was $10,000 with conditions.

•Daniel Cantu, Jr. on two counts including endangering a child, imminent bodily injury, and continuous family violence.

The endangering a child charge is a second degree felony and the family violence charge is a third degree felony.

If convicted of the third degree charge, Cantu could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.

According to District Attorney’s Office Investigator Dan Caddell, Cantu struck a woman during an incident on July 2 with his closed fist and she was holding a child under the age of 15 in her arms at the time.

The continuous family violence charges was filed because the defendant had allegedly hit the same victim with his hand on March 29 and both assaults took place within one year.

Bond was $10,000 with family violence conditions.

•Richard Lee Gonzales on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, four to 200 grams.

The charge is a second degree felony.

According to a complaint filed by Highway Patrol Trooper Lyle Cram, Gonzales had the drug in his possession on May 26.

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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