Police: Seven Illegal Mexicans Charged After an Attempted Robbery in Texas
MCALLEN, TX — August 1, 2018
Seven men were arrested after an attempted robbery at a jewelry store at the La Plaza Mall in McAllen, Texas over the weekend.
Initial reports of shots being fired were incorrect and attributed to the sound of smashing glass cases during the incident, according to Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and Lt. Joel Morales of the McAllen Police Department.
The city of McAllen tweeted a statement from Rodriguez stating:
Statement from Chief Rodriguez:— City of McAllen, TX (@CityofMcAllen) July 28, 2018
We are investigating a robbery attempt at a jewelry store @LaPlazaMall. All known suspects are in custody. No injuries involved.
Reports of shots fired are attributed to smashing glass cases. #StayInformed
All of them have been identified as Mexican nationals that were in the U.S. illegally. Videos and photos on social media appear to show that the suspects were apprehended inside the mall.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have not determined when the suspects arrived and how long they’ve been here. Once the suspects complete their sentences, they will be turned over to CBP so they can process their immigration and criminal histories accordingly.
The men were arraigned in court on Monday afternoon.
Mallgoers initially misconstrued their breaking the glass cases as gunfire, sparking a panic throughout the building.
Among the accused, Zepeda Abner Posos, 24; Alberto Rafael Barrera, 32; Brayan Oliver Melchor, 23; and Javier Leobardo Olvera-Ramirez, 22, were each charged with aggravated robbery and received a $200,000 bond.
Jorge Angel Rodriguez Mejia, 28; Miguel Quintanilla-Cardenas, 26; and Raul Alberto Rangel-Rivera, 43, were also charged.
No injuries were reported in connection with the robbery attempt. The mall has since reopened.
The mall is one of the primary shopping centers in the Rio Grande Valley.
McAllen resident Madeline Madden, 17, said she happened to be inside Glitz and Glamour, located just across from the mall in the 2100 block of South 10th Street when she witnessed people rush out of La Plaza and into the parking lot.
"The man and his wife came in with their kids and asked if they were going to lock the door, and they told us what happened ... that there had been a shooting," Madden said. "They were trying to get away. The wife was crying and the man looked really nervous ... Someone else came and had cuts all over them from falling. We had to lock the doors and wouldn't let anyone else into the store."
She added she saw helicopters flying overhead as those inside the boutique continued to witness people fleeing the mall from across the street.
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez thanked police and local authorities for their response to the incident.
I would like to thank the @CityofMcAllen Police Department and Chief Rodriguez for their rapid response to assess and defuse the situation at @LaPlazaMall. No fatalities. No injuries. Because of their work, residents of #TX15 and the #RGV remain safe and secure.— Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (@RepGonzalez) July 28, 2018
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President Trump made immigration the centerpiece of his campaign, offering a more detailed policy agenda than on any other issue.
Among his major actions on immigration during 2017 were:
- Banning nationals of eight countries, most majority-Muslim, from entering the United States.
- Reducing refugee admissions to the lowest level since the resettlement program was created in 1980.
- Reversing the decline in arrests of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. interior that had occurred during the last two years of the Obama administration.
- Cancelling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is currently providing work authorization and temporary relief from deportation to approximately 690,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children.
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