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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Two men remain behind bars in connection with a shooting and a car chase. Authorities believe the feud that led to the shooting is gang-related.


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Two men remain behind bars in connection with a shooting and a car chase. Authorities believe the feud that led to the shooting is gang-related.

On Tuesday afternoon, 22-year-old Alexis Mendez and 19-year-old Luis Uvalle went before Edinburg Municipal Judge Terry Palacios, who formally charged each with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Each man was sent to the Hidalgo County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Uvalle was also charged with one count of evading arrest — a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison — and one misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
Police were initially called Monday morning to a residence in the 900 block of Saltillo Street in connection to a drive-by shooting, police spokesman Lt. Oscar Treviño said. The shooting turned out to not be a drive-by, but a confrontation that escalated, he said.
“One of the men had an ongoing feud with one of the suspects,” Treviño said. “They ran into each other, words were exchanged. Then one of the suspects produced a handgun and fired one shot toward the victim.”
The victim was not hurt by the shot fired out of a .38-caliber handgun, Treviño said.
After the shooting, Mendez and Uvalle left the area in a tan-colored Jeep Liberty.
They were spotted moments later by investigators near the intersection of Trenton Road and Alonzo Street, Treviño said, but they soon sped away, leading authorities on a chase for several miles until they turned around and headed back toward Alonzo and Trenton, before stopping near a residence and fleeing on foot.
The men were quickly apprehended and investigators recovered the gun from a nearby field.:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder


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