Edinburg teens face judge for weekend stabbing

A stabbing victim is recovering but three teens who attacked him are behind bars where they faced a judge on Monday afternoon.

At just 18 and 19 years old, the three teens have a long road ahead of them.

Linked together by chains, they stood before an Edinburg municipal judge ready to hear the charges brought against them.

Edinburg police identified Casimiro Martinez, Felipe Tijerina and Josue Alvarado as the suspects.

The three teens stabbed a man three times in the back following and argument outside of his apartment in Edinburg.

While this case is still under investigation, police aren TMt ruling out the possibility that this latest incident is gang-related.

Edinburg Police Department Lt. Oscar Trevio spoke to Action 4 News.

"All I understand that there was some type of exchange of words and possibly gang signs, Lt. Trevio said. That TMs when the altercation occurred and the victim was stabbed."

The three teens were charged with aggravated assault, possession and engaging in organized criminal activity. They remain in custody tonight at the Hidalgo County Jail.

Investigators are still looking for the knife used in this stabbing but Edinburg police say they've seen their share of gang violence erupting in the city in recent months.

From drive by shootings to retaliation, the crimes have spurred Edinburg police to beef up patrols in certain areas of the city where they see the most activity.

Lt. Trevio told Action 4 News that they TMre executing strike forces, which are simply officers and investigators who focus on particular areas.

Officers are also making contact with the public, figuring out what the problem is, and attacking that problem.