Weslaco standoff suspect claims 'big misunderstanding'
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 22:12:22 GMT —
Samuel Guadalupe Gonzalez pleaded with a judge early Thursday afternoon.
Just 24 hours earlier, the 29-year-old was in involved in 90-minute standoff with Weslaco police off Clifton Avenue.
It all ended with his 3-year-old son safely returned to the boy TMs mother.
But guards led Gonzalez the courtroom handcuffed and shackled.
The standoff suspect claims it was all a big misunderstanding.
In open court, Gonzalez told Weslaco Municipal Judge Carlos Garza that it was an argument between him and his wife about money he had hidden.
Authorities charged Gonzalez with aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm
Gonzalez pleaded for a low bond and told Judge Garza that he TMs on disability, receives a monthly check and had a lump sum of cash ready to pay for a bond.
"I TMm not a flight risk, Gonzalez pleaded. I'm disabled. I can't go nowhere. I live here in the United States. I'm a united states citizen. I'm not going to Mexico. I don't live in another state."
But public records show Gonzalez has a criminal past going back to 1999 that includes theft, criminal mischief and aggravated robbery.
Judge Garza denied Gonzalez TMs request and issued $110,000 dollars in bonds.
The judge issued an emergency protective order against Gonzalez to protect his wife and their son.
Judge Garza told Gonzalez that he can file an affidavit for a lower bond at the Hidalgo County Jail.