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Investigators arrest Mission duo accused of robbing taco stand

Oscar Edgardo Ortiz, 21, of Mission and Yadira Hernandez, 18, of Mission are charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office arrested two people accused of robbing a taco stand on Monday.

At 1:01 a.m. Monday, the Sheriff's Office dispatched a deputy to the 6200 block of North Doffing Road near Mission, according to court records. The deputy met with a man who wanted to report a robbery.

The man said he had already closed and started cleaning the taco stand he owns with his girlfriend when a white Dodge Avenger with paper license plates approached.

He told the driver and passenger — Oscar Edgardo Ortiz, 21, of Mission and Yadira Hernandez, 18, of Mission — the taco stand had closed for the night, according to the criminal complaint. They drove away.

Later, though, the Dodge Avenger returned and the passengers called the taco stand owner over.

When the owner approached, Ortiz pulled out a kitchen knife and snatched the owner's backpack, according to the criminal complaint.

The deputy took a statement from the taco stand owner near the intersection of West Mile 5 Road and North Doffing Road.

While the deputy took the report, a white Dodge Avenger with paper license plates drove by.

The deputy stopped the Dodge Avenger — with Ortiz behind the wheel and Hernandez in the passenger seat — and noticed a backpack.

"Sheriff's investigators met with Oscar Edgardo Ortiz, who admitted to displaying a knife and demanding money from the man at the taco stand," according to the criminal complaint. "Yadira Hernandez also provided a statement implicating Oscar and herself in the Aggravated Robbery."

Ortiz and Hernandez were charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Court records don't list attorneys for Ortiz and Hernandez, who remain in custody and couldn't be reached for comment.

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