The district attorney in Atascosa County said 29 people have been indicted — and after raids on Thursday, 22 have been arrested — on various charges that include prostituting minors.
Texas DPS officers and local authorities raided this house and adjacent ranch in Elmendorf on Thursday as part of a human trafficking investigation. Here, they arrested alleged ringleaders Jose Lopez Jr. According to reports, the police responded to a report that an individual was breaking windows near campus.
An investigation is ongoing. Peggy Phillips, 43, has been charged with sexual assault of after she allegedly had sex with her teenage nephew when he was still in high school. According to reports, the nephew contacted authorities in July to complain of the sexual assault.
He said the abuse began shortly after he arrived in Pasadena from out of state, in about William Hudson, 33, was charged with one murder count in relation to the killings of six people at a Texas campsite. Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said the bodies were found in a rural part of the county, southeast of Dallas.
Racqual Thompson, center, was charged of child endangerment after her toddler was found apparently burned to death in an oven. The month-old child was found dead after Thompson was allegedly left the child alone with its three siblings.
The eldest was 5 years old. Andrew Turley, 28, was arrested Nov. Katherine Le, a well-known jewelry deer, and her husband, Hao Dinh Nguyen, 51, were both arrested and charged with organized criminal activity.
Pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher, 35, above, was shot and killed by supposed gunman Kristopher Love, a hitman hired by Brenda Delgado, Delgado reportedly promised to pay the alleged killer in drugs and money from a drug cartel. Harris County sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth was fatally shot while filling his gas tank in suburban Houston.
Officials described the act as an execution-style killing. The accused gunman, Shannon Miles, 31, has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial by defense experts.
Thomas Boden, 29, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of injury to a 2-year-old female. The San Angelo man could avoid a conviction in a brutal sexual assault of a two-year-old girl if he completes a year probation sentence, sparking outrage at what some see is a light punishment. Ignacio Sanchez Alvarez, 45, was arrested after reportedly pouring acid on hid dog Rosie, a 5-year-old pitbull.
ACS reported she was found with chemical burns to percent of her face towards the end of July. Her right ear dissolved by a caustic liquid and her left ear was partially consumed. She has since recovered and has been adopted by a new family. Sam Ukwuachu, a one-time All-American who transferred to play football at Baylor University, has been convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student athlete in October David Conley was charged with multiple counts of capital murder after reportedly killing his ex-girlfriend, Valerie Jackson, her husband and six children, including his own son, one by one in the head.
Maraliz Medina, 28, was charged with fatally shooting her lover, Rodolfo Espinosa, 31, after a confrontation in their west side home in San Antonio. According to police, the two were involved in an argument that turned physical.
A year-old child was also in the home at the time of the murder, but was left unharmed. Six men, ranging in age fromwere sentenced to prison for participating in a April gang rape of a year-old girl.
Prison terms range from years. Cirilo Castillo Jr. Investigators believe a horse kicked Castillo as he tried to perform the sex act, causing the injury.
According to reports, Castillo has served sentences for sexual incidents involving horses. He was supposedly shot and killed by Monica Jordan, 44, who killed herself moments later.
Her body was found in a separate part of the home. A bloody shooting between rival biker gangs outside a Twin Peaks restaurant left nine dead and 18 injured in May. According to reports, bikers met at the restaurant to discuss bikers' rights, and they did not expect violence. The shooting took place after two fights broke out inside the restaurant.
The controversial boxer from San Antonio was found dead at his Zarzamora Street Gym, near a syringe filled with apparent narcotics. An autopsy report later revealed that Ayala died from heroin toxicity and an enlarged heart.
In this photo, friends and family of the troubled boxer attend the funeral dressed in black tee shirts emblazoned with the logo of Zarzamora Street Gym where Ayala spent his time training.
The event was reportedly hosting a contest for the best cartoons depicting Muhammad. The shooting wounded a security guard, and police officers shot and killed Simpson at the scene.
Killeen man Jordan Britten, 20, was found dead in a marshy area near South Padre Island during the aftermath of the busy Spring Break period days after he was reported missing. He was found partially nude in a field less than a mile from where he was last seen.
An autopsy report released months later revealed that his accidental death was caused by died of immersion hypothermia and drowning due to acute drug intoxication. Franklin Rodriguez Palacios Paz, 30, was found floating a bay off the island in May. He was found decapitated and mutilated by fisherman, who then called authorities.
Authorities gave no motive for the murder. Ata-Se Giffa died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Feb. A Killeen police spokesman said the off-post killings were seen as a "domestic incident.
Ty Underwood, 24, a transgender woman, was found shot to death at her home in Tyler, a town in East Texas. According to authorities, the death was a "senseless murder.
Law enforcement officers in Atascosa County said Friday that 29 people have been indicted — and 22 of them arrested in raids on Thursday — on various charges that include prostituting minors. Law enforcement agencies in Wilson and Atascosa counties and federal marshals assisted with the arrests. The crime ring includes members suspected of having ties to prison gangs who have aligned themselves with Mexican drug cartels, he said. He, his wife and at least two daughters were arrested at the Elmendorf house.
During the operation, law officers found seven undocumented immigrants and seized 46 cars, cash, ledgers and 25 firearms and armored vests. Details on the charges were scant Friday. Court documents that generally describe the crimes and evidence have yet to be filed, and indictments are being withheld until all suspects are caught, a court official said.
Indictments include charges of engaging in organized criminal activity with underlying offenses of human trafficking, human smuggling, sexual assault, theft of motor vehicles and money laundering. Among the properties raided was a large home and an adjacent ranch in the block of Blue Myth in Elmendorf, where the alleged ringleader, Lopez, was arrested.
Horses, goats and other farm animals could be seen on the property. Also raided or targeted were two homes in San Antonio. No one answered when a reporter stopped by Friday.
Property records show the owner as Juan Lopezand neighbors said there was often activity at the home, and the occupants sold cars from the home. .
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