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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 10:41 pm

HARLINGEN — Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two men involved in a burglary of a residence in which the homeowner was struck by a hammer by a man demanding money, according to police press release.

A man said that between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Aug. 12 he was coming home in 2000 block of South 25th Street and as he tried to close his garage door, two men entered his garage.

The two men demanded money. One of the men produced a hammer and started hitting the victim on the knees as he demanded money, the release said. The victim gave them the money in his pocket and they left.

The two men are described as young, Hispanic, medium built and approximately 5-feet, 9-inches tall. The two men were wearing dark long sleeve shirts, jeans, gloves and blue ski masks.

On Oct. 8 three men went to the same address between 9:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., the release said. The victim had installed cameras around his property and the three men were seen moving the cameras so they could not be indentified. When the victim’s friends checked the house, the three men jumped over the fence and ran away.

If anyone has any information on the identity of the three men or any other crime, they are asked to call Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers at 425-TIPS. If your information leads to the arrest of the men, you will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All calls are confidential and you do not have to testify in court.


HARLINGEN — Two Harlingen men were arrested after they were accused of breaking into a house and stealing some items, according a police press release.

A woman reported between 6:50 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. on Oct. 7 at the 4000 Block of Wilson Road that two men identified as Jose Raul Torres, 22, and Andrew Palomino Rodriguez, 17, broke into her house and took items totaling $620, according to the press release.  During the investigation the Target Response Unit identified the males and obtained arrest warrants for Torres and Rodriguez, the release said.

Torres and Rodriguez were arrested on Oct. 10 on a second-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation with bond set at $20,000 for both men, police said.


HARLINGEN — Three Harlingen residents were arrested after they were accused of stealing items from a car, according to police press release.

Officers were called at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 to the 1900 block of West Tyler Avenue where a man said two men identified as Reyes Perez, 18, and Matthew Martin Cuellar, 18, took items from his car without his permission, according to police.

The two men were seen leaving in a white car with a women identified as Sarah Marie Flores, according to the release. While police officers were still on location the white car came back and officers made contact.

Flores was found with several controlled substances, 0.4 grams of Hydrocodone, 0.3 grams of Tizanidine Hydrochloride, and 0.2 grams of Alprazolam, according to the release.

Perez and Reyes were arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of burglary of a motor vehicle with bond set at $2,000, police said. Flores was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance with bond set at $2,000, a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with bond set at $5,000 and possession of a dangerous drug charge with bond set at $2,000, police said.


HARLINGEN — A Progreso Lakes man and a Raymondville woman were arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public lewdness, according to a Harlingen Police Department report.

A Harlingen police officer responded to the Cinemark 16 Theater, 401 S. Expressway 77, sometime after 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 in response to a report of an indecent exposure inside a large white truck in the parking lot, the police report said.

Upon arrival, the officer located a white Dodge Ram 2500 in front of the business and walked up to the driver’s side door window and shined a flashlight inside, the report said.

The officer observed a man and a woman, identified as Jon Michael Deicla, 52, and Catalina Chapa Ozuna, 39, “in the act of a sexual conduct,” the police report said. The two were placed under arrest on a charge of public lewdness, the report said. Bond was set at $1,000 for each, police said.

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