Hidalgo County Sheriff investigators told Action 4 News Vidal Ochoa, Raymundo Sanchez, and Mario Dominguez were in the business of stealing fuel from numerous tanks located in the McCook area.
On March 23rd investigators said Ochoa, Sanchez, and Dominguez were casing tanks in the McCook area.
They said the trio planned to go back later on with the proper equipment to steal the gas but things did not go as planned.
Investigators said the tank the men tried to steal from apparently exploded---the explosion killed Dominguez.
"It was a heck of an inferno, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino explained. The tanks, vehicle, and grass were all catching on fire...it was pretty intense."
Ochoa made it out alive"but has extensive burns to his face and arms. He has been charged with the murder of Dominguez.
"You can't tamper with an oil well, gas well, or any associated equipment, Trevino said. If you tamper with it and it can be proven that you did --then it is a third degree felony. If that results in a death then that person can be charged with murder."
Ochoa said he was aware of the dangers associated with stealing gas.
"We all knew what we were getting ourselves into."
But also said it was a risk they were willing to take.
Ochoa was charged with murder and theft.
Sheriff Trevino said Raymundo Sanchez fled to Reynosa after the explosion to seek medical attention.
Sheriff Trevino said Sanchez is currently being treated in a Reynosa hospital for severe burns to his body.
He added that they are working with the FBI to get Sanchez back into the United States to face charges.