State troopers credited with catching home invasion suspects

Two home invasion suspects faced a judge

Authorities are crediting state troopers with helping to catch two men and four teens who went out on a home invasion spree just north of Mission.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies have charged 18-year-old Leopoldo Balzadua, 19-year-old Leobardo Zarazua and four teens in connection to the home invasions.

Three home invasions were reported on two rural streets near La Homa Road and Mile 6 North late Friday night.

Deputies were called to two homes on Myra Street late Friday night and one home on Margaret Drive early Saturday morning.

Investigators told Action 4 News that homeowners reported armed men storming their homes and fleeing with stolen items.

Sheriff Lupe Trevio said Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state troopers in the Rio Grande Valley for the Special Traffic Regulatory Task Force stopped a car with four of the suspects inside just after 3 a.m. Saturday.

The DPS task force has set up random driver license and insurance checkpoints in Hidalgo County but the state troopers were out on patrol at the time of they pulled over the suspects.

Deputies were able to track down the other two teenage suspects on Saturday morning.

Sheriff Trevio said the victims are not connected to criminal activity and that they were randomly targeted.

The suspects told reporters at their Monday morning arraignment that they did it to make money for drugs and apologized.

Investigators reported that Bazaldua and Zarazua both lived in the same neighborhood where the home invasions took place.

Both Bazaldua and Zarazua remain in custody under $500,000 bonds and will face charges as adults while the other four will be processed at the Hidalgo County Juvenile Detention Center.