Man charged with attacking man & woman with knife
by Gary Kent
May 31, 2010 | 3248 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 40-year-old Beeville man was indicted earlier this month on first and second degree charges related to a violent episode in Dec. 1, 2009.

The three-count indictment included two counts of aggravated assault, bodily injury with a deadly weapon, both enhanced to first degree felonies, and one count of attempted aggravated assault, bodily injury with a deadly weapon, enhanced to a second degree felony.

If convicted of the first degree felonies, Gerardo Menchaca Garcia could be sentenced to 99 years to life in prison and fined $10,000.

A conviction on the second degree felony could result in a prison sentence of 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

Beeville Police Department investigators alleged that the defendant attacked two people, a man and woman, and that he cut the man’s arm with a knife and tried to cut the woman’s stomach.

The charges were enhanced because Garcia had previous felony convictions on Feb. 28, 1991, in Bee County on charges of kidnapping and burglary of a habitation.

District Judge Joel Johnson set bond on the defendant at $20,000.

Others named in indictments returned on May 6 included:

•Lucas Cain Barrera, who was named in a two-count indictment on charges of aggravated assault, both enhanced to first degree felonies.

According to police, Barrera struck a local woman with his hand during an incident on Oct. 23, 2009, and he used his hand in the manner of a deadly weapon.

The charges were enhanced because Barrera had a previous felony conviction on a charge of aggravated assault in Montgomery County, Tenn., on Jan. 3, 2007.

Bond was $10,000.

•Zachariah Ashton Riley in a two-count indictment on charges of aggravated assault, bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

Both charges are second degree felonies.

Beeville police alleged that Riley stabbed a man with a knife on Jan. 10, and that he exhibited the knife during the incident.

Bond was $10,000.

Riley also was named in three other indictments returned by grand jurors, including one second degree felony indictment on a charge of aggravated assault, threat, with a deadly weapon against a public servant.

According to deputies, Riley waved a knife at Deputy Sgt. Ronnie Jones in a threatening manner while Jones was trying to arrest him on April 3.

Bond on that indictment was $10,000.

Another indictment against Riley cited a charge of continuous violence against the family, a third degree felony. If convicted of that charge, Riley could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.

According to deputies, Riley dragged a woman by her hair on Nov. 8, 2009, and rubbed a rock-covered pizza on another woman’s face on March 19. Each incident occurred within a period of 12 months or less.

Bond for that indictment was set at $5,000.

The other indictment against Riley was on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a state jail felony punishable by two years in a state jail facility and a fine of $10,000.

That indictment alleges that Riley used a motor vehicle to flee from Deputy Cecil Daniels on April 13 while Daniels was trying to arrest him.

Bond was $5,000.

•Pedro Garcia, also known as Pete Garcia, in a two-count indictment on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies investigating the case alleged that Garcia tried to run over another man with a vehicle on Dec. 16, 2009, and that he told the victim, “Get out of the vehicle and let’s settle this.”

Investigators claimed that Garcia held three knives in his hands at the time and that he used the vehicle he was in as a deadly weapon during the assault.

Bond was $5,000.

•Lester Wallace and Kristi Ann Steinert were named in two separate indictments stemming from the same Jan. 15, 2008, incident on charges of burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony.

According to the indictments, the two defendants were accused of entering the home of another man without his permission with the intent to commit theft.

Bond was $5,000 for each suspect.
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