2nd arrest made in robbery-gone-wrong murder north of Weslaco

Juan Jesus Hernandez

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in the shooting death of 32-year-old Mercedes resident Emanuel Alvarado.

Isidro Juarez

Sgt. Frank Medrano said investigators have charged 21-year-old Mercedes resident Juan Jesus Hernandez with Emanuel’s death.

The man’s brother, Noel Alvarado, drove him to Knapp Medical Center on Tuesday after the men attempted to steal drugs and money from a residence in rural Weslaco.

Alvarado is also charged with murder for his brother’s death and is being held on a $1 million bond.

A man named Johnothon Gonzalez, 26, who lived in the home disarmed Emanuel and shot him, according to a news release.

He is charged with failure to report a felony resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence. He has been released on $40,000 in bonds on the charges.

Investigators are still looking for 30-year-old Isidro Rubiel Juarez, who is the suspected organizer of the robbery.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said in a news release.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to call the sheriff’s office at (956) 383-8114 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-TIPS (8477).

Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the smartphone application “P3 TIPS.”