Little Mexico murder suspects arrested in Pharr

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Two men wanted for a gang-related murder are behind bars after authorities tracked them down to a motel in Pharr.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Daniel Cruz and Jose Alex Garcia on a murder charge.

The two Po Boys street gang members are accused in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old South Side Bandidos associate Miguel Angel Padilla.

It all started during an argument between members of the rival gangs, who were attending New Year's Eve parties across the street from each other in the Little Mexico neighborhood south of Alamo.

Deputies told Action 4 News that they learned Cruz and Garcia had been staying at the Executive Motel off Moore Road and South Cage Boulevard in Pharr.

Investigators had them under surveillence when they arrested them outside the hotel around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.