Man charged with murder in strip club shooting

EDINBURG — Police made an arrest Thursday in connection with the Jaguars Gold Club shooting last week that left one person dead and six injured.

Genaro Maldonado, 29, of McAllen appeared before Municipal Court Judge Rogelio Solis on Friday afternoon. Maldonado was charged with first-degree felony murder and issued a $1 million bond.

Maldonado was wanted in connection with the April 17 shooting death of 29-year-old Jaxmany Jazan Montes outside the strip club, in the 5000 block of Highway 107.

Investigators executed a search warrant Thursday night in the 400 block of Cripple Creek Circle in Alamo where they arrested Maldonado and seized several firearms that were still being tested by forensics Friday afternoon, according to Police Chief David White.

White said they also issued an arrest warrant Friday for Noe Cruz Lopez, 29, of Tamaulipas, Mexico, in connection with Montes’ death.

Police initially said the shooting outside the strip club may have been caused by an altercation between rival gang members, but White would not comment on either suspect’s gang affiliation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Edinburg Crime Stoppers at (956) 383-8477.