Action 4 Exclusive: Olmito man confesses in court

Roberto Vela

Action 4 News was the only news crew present for Roberto Vela's arraignment and the only ones who taped his confession.

Vela admitted to driving his father around the night Carlos Vela, Sr. is accused of firing several shots from a rifle after an altercation with neighbor Suzanna Alvear.

Cameron County sheriff TMs deputies said Alvear was shot in the head.

Magistrate Judge Luis Saenz informed Vela of the charges filed against him:

  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Tampering with physical evidence
  • Hindering apprehension

A probable cause affidavit shows that the 29-year-old is accused of knowing his father had a .22-caliber rifle with him when he took him to the victim TMs house.

After the shooting, Roberto drove his father to the Veteran TMs bridge in Brownsville where the alleged shooter apparently fled to Mexico.

The court documents also state that on the way to the bridge, Roberto and his father stopped by a resaca to dispose of the weapon.

With only Action 4 News cameras rolling, Vela claims he didn't do anything but then admits to driving his father.

Vela says he did so because his father was angry and he was scared.

He told Judge Saenz on film that the part about him throwing the gun away isn't true and that he didn't have the gun.

Vela, apparently referring to the shooting, the disposal of the gun and getaway to Mexico, said his father Carlos was the one who did everything.

The Cameron County Sheriff TMs Department told Action 4 News that they are working with Mexican police to track down Carlos Vela, Sr.

Meanwhile, Roberto Vela remains in custody under $60,000 dollars in bonds.