Second suspect arrested in connection to San Juan murder
Sun, 11 Dec 2011 03:58:30 GMT —
Cuffed and shackled, Joel Adalberto Gonzalez faced felony charges of tampering with evidence Saturday.
San Juan Police said Gonzalez helped capital murder suspect, Roel Lopez hide a weapon used in the murder of Efren Escamilla.
It happened at the victim's very own home, on west 13th Street in San Juan on December 4.
"That's a third degree felony, which means if you were found guilty of that charge, if you were to receive jail time for that charge, you could face anywhere from two years to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine," Municipal Judge Eloy Hernandez said to Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is said to be a partner in a chiropractic business, and told the judge he had his own attorney.
He was turned over to the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Department and given a bond of $100,000.
Gonzalez's arrest is one of five arrests the San Juan Police department has made, since this investigation began.
A tip to the Crime Stoppers line led police to a home on Pecan Street in Alamo Friday.
Inside, police found over 200 grams of cocaine, three guns and over $7,000.
Three men were arrested in connection to the stash house, but police determined they are not linked to Escamilla TMs murder.
Chief Juan Gonzalez said his department has worked hard to bring those responsible for what he calls a senseless murder, to justice.
Gonzalez said Escamilla and the alleged shooter Lopez, had no ties, and that Lopez was determined to rob the home, regardless of who was inside.