WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006
CRIME LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 3A
Officials find man Man arrested for false bomb threat
fatally shot in face UISD deals with third
such incident in
8400 block of Michigan,
was arrested at his home
just after 2:30 p.m. and
served with an outstand-
Police said Martinez,
a former student at Unit-
ed High School, called in
a bogus bomb threat to
recent rash of bomb threats at
Martinez’s arrest is the third
bomb threat arrest this year at
By JAVIER BARROSO gun was in the room and a holster school year ing warrant for his ar- the school on March 9. UISD.
LAREDO MORNING TIMES was on the bed, according to po- By CELINA ALVARADO rest. UISD spokesman Anyone with information that
A man died from a gunshot to lice reports. LAREDO MORNING TIMES Martinez was Raul Leal said the Lare- may help authorities with more
the face Tuesday in central Laredo. Rivera said Iruegas could have charged with making a do Police Department bomb-threat-related arrests
Officers closed down the in- inflicted the wound on himself, United Independent School false report, a state jail MARTINEZ and the UISD Police De- should contact the UISD Crime
tersection of Galveston and Diaz, but it is still not clear if it was an District officials on Tuesday ar- felony punishable by up partment made the ar- Stoppers hotline at 285-UISD
where the death of Gerardo Irue- accident. Iruegas’ sister Imelda rested a man accused of calling in to two years in prison and a rest thanks to the cooperative ef- (8473).
gas was being investigated. said the victim was sitting on the a false bomb threat to a local $10,000 fine, police said. He was fort of both agencies. (Celina Alvarado may be
Police spokesman Juan Rivera bed when the incident happened. school. taken to the Webb County jail The agencies have been work- reached at 728-2566 or by e-mail
said Iruegas died from a bullet As of Tuesday afternoon, po- Timothy Martinez, 19, of the and held on a $5,000 bond. ing together to crack down on a at email@example.com)
wound to his right cheek. lice had not released any further
Iruegas did not live in the information.
house were he was found, in the There have eight homicides re-
3600 block of Galveston. Rivera ported in Laredo this year. The last
said people in the house heard a one was on Friday night when a 21-
gunshot and called police. The in- year-old man was shot and killed.
cident occurred at about 4 p.m. ( Javier Barroso may be
Iruegas was found in a bed- reached at 728-2580 or by e-mail
room on the floor next to a bed. A at firstname.lastname@example.org)
SWAT team raid
captures five suspects
By CELINA ALVARADO crimes in Laredo.
LAREDO MORNING TIMES A task force was assembled
consisting of the department’s
Five unidentified men were ar- SWAT team, the Narcotics-Vice
rested Tuesday following a raid in Unit, the patrol division and DEA
the city’s north side. officials, Rivera said.
Police said once the five are Also assisting in the investi-
identified, they will face several gation were the U.S. attorney’s of-
state and federal charges for con- fice, U.S. marshals, the FBI, Im-
spiring to commit various violent migrations and Customs
and narcotics-related crimes Enforcement and the Webb Coun-
within the city of Laredo. ty Sheriff’s Department.
“We want to make sure they are On Tuesday at about 6:50 p.m.,
who they say they are first,” Laredo the SWAT team entered a resi-
police spokesman Juan Rivera said dence in the 9000 block of Or-
when asked why the men’s names ange Blossom, Rivera said.
were not released Tuesday. Officials confirmed that five
Police said the Laredo Police men were taken into custody, but
Department and the Drug En- details of the investigation were
forcement Administration re- scarce Tuesday evening.
ceived information several days Rivera said a formal statement
ago that this group of men had explaining the arrests will be re-
conspired to commit various leased today.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT juries including bruises during the incident.
Authorities responded to an assault Police are looking for suspects on
with a deadly weapon report Sunday in the charges of class-A misdemeanor assault.
200 block of Wyoming.
Upon arrival, authorities met with the BURGLARY
complainant, 18-year-old Michael Arce of On Sunday, police responded to a car
the 800 block of Amber,who alleged several break-in in the 10000 block of McPherson.
people beat him. A man identified as Hector Garcia, 40,
According to reports, the men assault- said someone forcibly entered his Pontiac
ed Arce. While some men punched and Grand Prix through a window.The left front
kicked Arce, another man allegedly hit him window was damaged, and the value of the
in the back of the head with a handgun. damage was estimated at $300.
Arce was transported to Doctors Hos- A police report did not list any stolen
pital for treatment of abrasions, bruises property.
and possible broken bones.
Investigations are ongoing under the AUTO THEFT
direction of the Laredo Police Department Someone stole a maroon 1990 Lin-
Crimes Against Persons Division. coln Towncar at a home in the 300 block of
As of Tuesday evening, no arrests had San Leonardo, according to a police report.
been made in connection with the case. A woman identified as Angela Chavez,
Anyone with information should contact 19, said a known person took the car be-
the Laredo Police Department at 795-2800. tween Friday and Sunday.
In an unrelated case Sunday, in the Police are looking for suspects on
3300 blockof Texas Highway359,25-year-old charges of class-A misdemeanor motor ve-
Delna Cardenas of the 2900 blockof Thurman hicle theft.
was treated for abrasions and bruises after her
common-law husband allegedly ran her over
with his white 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix.
At 12:49 a.m.,Jose Antonio Cardenas,19,
who resides in the 2700 block of Norton,was
arrested and charged with aggravated assault
with a deadlyweapon,a second-degree felony.
Cardenas was transported to the Webb
County jail without bond, as set by Justice
of the Peace Ricardo Rangel.
On Sunday, a woman identified as
Cynthia Riley, 38, told police that four un-
known male subjects assaulted her 15-year-
According to a police report, the attack
occurred before 1 a.m. at a home in the
3300 block of Maryland.
The suspects drove a black Chevrolet
The juvenile victim sustained minor in-