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Records reveal new details about McAllen murder

New details from a criminal complaint reveal that at least five people were involved in a robbery which resulted in the death of a 41-year-old San Antonio man.

New details from a criminal complaint allege at least five people were involved in a robbery which resulted in the death of a 41-year-old San Antonio man.

On June 19 at around 12:42 a.m., McAllen police received calls from residents near the 1400 block of west Vine Ave., regarding gun shots fired and a van speeding away. Callers stated they also heard a man yelling for help, according to the criminal complaint.

When police arrived, they found 41-year-old Nicholas Anthony Bazan of San Antonio dead with his front pant pockets inside out, and a single gunshot wound to the left side of his body. Preliminary autopsy results reveal that he was shot with a .22 caliber weapon.

During an interview, Bazan’s brothers told investigators that two days prior to his death, on June 17, Bazan had a large amount of meth and cash in his possession.

Through a photo obtained during an investigation, detectives learned that Bazan was at the Orchard Lounge in McAllen on June 17 with two men, later identified as 21-year-old Alex Arevalo of Alamo, and 49-year-old Avero Alaniz, according to the criminal complaint.

The two men planned to rob Bazan shortly after they saw him with money at the Orchard Lounge, and were going to split the money between them, according to the criminal complaint.

On June 18 at about 11:50 p.m., Bazan asked his family members for a ride from his parent’s residence on the 5000 block of north 16th St., to an unknown location. When they refused, Bazan left the residence walking. He was last seen walking eastbound on Wisteria Avenue from north 16th Street, according to the criminal complaint.

Alex Arevalo later admitted to police that on July 19, he and 29-year-old Armando Adrian Arebalo assaulted Bazan while traveling in a van, according to a criminal complaint. After the two men went through Bazan’s pockets, Arebalo handed Arevalo a .22 caliber handgun, according to the criminal complaint. Arevalo admitted to police that he shot Bazan once before they opened one of the sliding doors, and pushed Bazan out of the van, according to the criminal complaint.

Surveillance footage from a residence nearby shows Bazan running away from the van.

At the time of the shooting, 34-year-old Monica Ann Gomez of McAllen, 33-year-old Roberta Martinez of Pharr and 49-year-old Alvero Alaniz were also in the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

McAllen police have arrested Gomez, Martinez, Arebalo and Arevalo for their roles in the death of Bazan, according to a news release. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Avero Alaniz, 49, who was inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting, according to the criminal complaint.

Police described Alaniz as a Hispanic man who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

Investigators ask anyone with information about Alaniz to call McAllen Crime Stoppers at 956-687-8477.

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