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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Jose “Killer” Garcia, 37, a purported leader of the Brown Pride street gang

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Jose “Killer” Garcia, 37, a purported leader of the Brown Pride street gang, was wanted by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a shooting that occurred in this colonia last weekend during a fight between two rival gangs.
Garcia’s mother, Gloria Mascorro, 64, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Monday near her home on Rojas Street in Lopezville, south of Pharr. Authorities took her into custody on suspicion of blocking gang investigators from searching for her son, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Officials also suspect the woman was delivering money to Garcia to help him avoid arrest.Mascorro was arraigned Friday on a charge of interference with public duties, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.She remained incarcerated later that day in lieu of a $15,000 bond.“We will enforce the law regardless of age or gender,” Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said in the statement. “We are not going to be threatened or intimidated by family of gang members wanted for crimes they allegedly committed.”Garcia was arrested Monday in Harlingen with his girlfriend, Cynthia Ann Hernandez. Authorities there followed Hernandez, 37, to a house on First Street, just north of Business 77.The couple was arrested without incident as they drove away from the house. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Harlingen Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office in the pair’s arrest.
The duo was arraigned the next day at the Hidalgo County Jail. Garcia was charged with one count of attempted capital murder, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 upon conviction. Hernandez faces one count of hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.Both remained incarcerated at the Hidalgo County Jail on Friday.Officials believe a fight broke out about 3 p.m. Sunday between members of the Brown Pride and Texas Chicano Brotherhood gangs on Church Street just east of “I” Road in Lopezville.The brawl began when Garcia and a 16-year-old male argued with Chicano gang member Danny Saverda, 17, authorities said. As the fight escalated, Garcia’s companion fired shots at rival gang members.The shooting left 16-year-old Evelyn Montiel in critical condition. Authorities said the girl was shot at least three times, once in the face. She was taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment.Saverda was shot twice but is expected to recover.The sheriff’s office and the McAllen Police Department arrested the 16-year-old shooter about 11 p.m. Sunday in McAllen, authorities said. The teen confessed to the shooting, but witnesses told authorities Garcia gave him consent to fire.


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