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      La Joya human smuggler jailed for attacking daughter

      Julian Toscano

      A man who was allegedly holding three illegal immigrants for ransom is behind bars after he attacked his daughter.

      La Joya police told Action 4 News that officers arrested 54-year-old Julian Toscano on assault charges and drug charges Sunday evening.

      Toscano appeared before a judge on Tuesday morning.

      Investigators said Toscano saw three illegal immigrants walking on the street and invited them into his apartment.

      Toscano allegedly had his daughter go and buy calling cards for the immigrants.

      He then told the immigrants that they would have to call their families and tell them they would need to pay money for him to let them go.

      The daughter allegedly asked him to stop and let the immigrants go but Toscano responded by beating her in the back bedroom.

      The immigrants fled the apartment but Toscano went out on the street chasing them with a gun a baseball bat.

      Police arrested Toscano and detained the immigrants for Border Patrol.

      Toscano allegedly had marijuana and a roche pill.