DEL RIO MAN DENIED BOND REDUCTION IN ASSAULT OF DISABLED MAN
On Thursday, September 14, 2017, The Honorable Judge Robert Hoffmann denied a bond reduction on Mark Anthony Jimenez (27). Jimenez filed a Motion For a bond reduction, asking the bond to be lowered from $100,000.00 so he could make bond and be released from custody. After Judge Hoffmann denied the bond reduction, a pre-trial hearing was set in October 2017.
LOCAL MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS
On September 13, 2017, The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Joel Perez Ortiz (31) had not been following the guidelines of status changes that were established as part of his Sex Offender Registration.
Ortiz is on Parole for Sexual Assault of a Child (15 years old female) and had not reported that he had job changes, changes in vehicles that he uses and was observed by an Edwards County Deputy drinking alcohol with underage children present.
The Parole Office in Del Rio Texas immediately violated his parole. Ortiz turned himself in to Sheriff Elliott on September 15, 2017 without incident.
Additional charges will be filed on Ortiz for failure to comply with Sex Offender Registration in the immediate future. Ortiz remains in The Edwards County Detention Center without bond.
Ortiz could be facing additional prison time if convicted.
CHARGES INCREASED ON THREATS TO WITNESSES
On Monday August 21, 2017 a case was being reviewed at the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office on a Terroristic Threat that happened in May 2017, at the Mesa Motel. A disabled man was assaulted by two Del Rio Men that caused the man to be hospitalized, be monitored in ICU and be put on life support. Terroristic Threats is a Class A Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $4000.00 fine.
Isaac Jimenez and Ashley Castro is accused of threatening witnesses, with harm and possibly death if the witnesses told Law Enforcement anything about the incident. The witness were afraid to come forward concerning the Injury to the Disabled case.
The State of Texas will file the charges against the alleged actors in the original incident and The State will also file the new charges against Jimenez and Castro. It was determined that the Terroristic charges did not properly fit the incident so the Terroristic Threat Charges were dismissed and re-filed by The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office. The new charge is Retaliation and is a 3rd degree Felony punishable up 2-10 years in prison and optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Ashley Castro was arrested on August 22, 2017 without incident and transported to the Edwards County Detention Facility where Castro posted a $15000.00 bond. Jimenez is currently incarcerated at The Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) on an unrelated charge from Val Verde County
SECOND ARREST MADE IN THEFT SCHEME
On August 17, 2017, a second arrest was made in Rocksprings in connection to a scheme that was played out over a year at the Family Dollar on SH 55 S. Samuel “Sammy Flores (44) of Rocksprings Texas was arrested for Theft 750.00- 2500.00 and was released on a $6000.00 Surety bond.
Cynthia Russo Hernandez (39) was an employee at the store and was acting as though she was scanning the items as her husband Flores was receiving the stolen goods. When several hundred dollars’ worth of items were run through the scanner only a couple of items were charged to his card thus scamming the corporation from the benefits of the sale.
Hernandez was indicted for theft on June 5, 2017, was arrested and immediately posted a $7500.00 Surety bond. When Hernandez was interviewed, she admitted in participating in thefts from the store about 50 times in less than a year, totaling several thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise.
The second arrest came after The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office viewed the tape several times and clearly saw that there was another actor in the scheme. There are other suspects that are rumored to have participated and the investigation will continue in an attempt to expose any other suspects.
Theft 750.00-2500.00 is a Class A Misdemeanor that has a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $4000.00 fine.
TWO DEL RIO MEN INDICTED FOR ASSAULT TO THE DISABLED
On August 10, 2017, two Del Rio men were indicted for Injury to the Disabled in connection with an assault over a small undisclosed sum of money that was owed.
Mark Anthony Jimenez (28) and his brother James Edward Jimenez (33) are accused of beating a disabled Rocksprings man at the Mesa Motel on May 14, 2017 causing serious bodily injury to the point that the man had to be placed on life support.
The indictment also increased the defendants bonds to $100, 000 dollars each and they remain in jail in lieu of posting bond.
ROCKSPRINGS MAN IS NOW FACING FEDERAL CHARGES
On March 29, 2016, Jesus Javier Ornelas (34) was in the City of Rocksprings, TX, reported to the Edwards County Sheriff's Office that he had been cruising around when all of a sudden his vehicle was being chased by two rival parties, Manuel Rodriguez III and Justin Rodriguez. According to Ornelas, Justin Rodriguez had previously attempted to kill him during a shooting where Justin and other “Crips gang members” began firing aimlessly at him and several other innocent men who had challenged the gang by demanding they stop selling drugs in Rocksprings. So, Javier said that when he observed a black truck driven by Manuel Rodriguez III and the passenger was his son, Justin Rodriguez, following him he stated, “I feared for my life because Justin has already tried to kill me with a gun once.” Upon being notified of the two vehicle driving through town erratically and possible shots being fired, Sheriff Elliott and Deputies quickly made a traffic stop of both vehicles involved and identified all subjects. During the initial statements of all the subjects at the scene, each party related to the Sheriff that they were the victim of the other person shooting but, evidentiary facts located at the multiple scenes concluded that Javier had been sole shooter who had actually shot his own car. Due to fact that both Manuel and Javier were both convicted felons, Sheriff Elliott requested the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in this matter, which is a common practice for agencies to interact and share information to reduce criminal activities.
On September 20, 2016, Ornelas was arrested by Edwards County Sheriff’s Office for Evading Arrest/Detention in a Motor Vehicle during a routine patrol of the City of Rocksprings and was booked into the Edwards County Detention Facility. While being held on that charge, Ornelas was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for a violation of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Sheriff Elliott served Javier Ornelas with the Federal Arrest Warrant and he was transported to Federal custody on September 25, 2016 where he remains in the custody of the ATF awaiting trial for this charge.
On September 12, 2016, The Edwards County Grand Jury handed down a Murder Indictment on Paige Michelle Weatherby (49) formally of Camp Wood Hills, for killing her husband Jay Sim Weatherby on July 31, 2009. The case was finally referred to the Attorney General's Office for prosecution by the District Attorney of the 452ND Judicial District and upon presentation of the case by the assigned attorney, Sheriff Elliott and TX Ranger Dixon the Grand Jury indicted the suspect for Violation of Article 19.02. MURDER. (b) A person commits an offense if he: (1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual; (c) an offense under this section is a felony of the first degree.
The case was initially investigated at the time of the incident by former Deputy Pamela Elliott who is now the Sheriff of Edwards County, Retired Sheriff D. Letsinger and Former TX Ranger Juan Lozano. The case became stagnate while awaiting various lab results, blood spatter analysis and other requested services by outside agencies so on August 1, 2013, Sheriff Pamela Elliott assigned CPT Darrell Volkmann to prepare the case for submission, which he quickly did by removing the dust and re-assembling the case for the 452ND District Attorney who was presented the Cold Case Murder of Jay Sim Weatherby for prosecution, but it again stalled in the criminal justice system for unknown reasons.
In an effort to re-invigorate a case that had not yielded any type of justice for the victim or his family, CPT Volkmann requested a review of the case by the Cold Case Review Team located in Austin, TX. The Cold Case Review Team was established in 1985 by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas to provide assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies on unsolved sex crimes and homicide cases, including “Cold Cases” and has provided assistance on more than 225 homicides and numerous sexual assault cases since its inception. There is no charge to the agencies to utilize the services of the Cold Case Review Team and on September 24, 2014, CPT Volkmann presented the “Cold Case - Weatherby Murder” to the team for review and to solicit their expert opinions on the initial investigation, laboratory reports, and any additional or needed analysis prior to presentation before the Edwards County Grand Jury. Accordingly, the Cold Case review was completed with no errors noted. A probable cause affidavit was submitted on October 8, 2014 seeking an Arrest Warrant for Paige Weatherby for the murder of Jay Sim Weatherby. The Honorable Joe Baker, Justice of the Peace for Edwards County issued the Murder Warrant and Paige Weatherby turned herself into Sheriff Pamela Elliott on October 14, 2014 without further incident. On October 27, 2014, CPT Volkmann re-submitted the “Cold Case - Weatherby Murder” to the Texas Rangers, Company D located in Del Rio for review and 452ND Judicial District for prosecution and yet again to only sit idle in the Halls of Justice without any justifications provided to the victim’s family.
So, on October 11, 2016 when the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office notified the surviving family members of Jay Sim Weatherby that Paige had been Indicted by the Grand Jury of Edwards County for Jay’s Murder they were just overwhelmed with emotions and thanked Sheriff Elliott and CPT Volkmann because this case was solved only out of their efforts and determination for justice. It was the tenacity of a little Sheriff and her deputy that kept the case from becoming another lost file in dusty box that never made it off the shelf. Sheriff Elliott stated, “I am sad that such an incident occurred but I am pleased with the assistance that Edwards County received from various entities surrounding this case. I knew all along that Paige Weatherby had shot and killed her husband, Jay Weatherby, on that day but we had to wait for numerous reasons for the case to move forward in the criminal justice system. I am just pleased to have provided Jay’s family with some renewed confidence in the system that had yielded only barriers before today so they know his death meant something to all those involved. No one is ever just a case number to us no matter what the incident may be.”
EDWARDS COUNTY “JANE DOE”
On December 26, 2001 a couple of hunters discovered the skeletal remains of a body located in the Dos Arroyos Ranch in Edwards County, TX. The hunters immediately notified the Edward Sheriff’s Office and a report was initiated for the incident of a “Jane Doe” who has remained unidentified as of this date. On July 27, 2013 Sheriff Pamela Elliott re-opened the Cold Case of “Jane Doe” and requested the assistance of Texas Ranger Roger Dixon in hopes of identifying Edwards County’s “Jane Doe”. The DNA of Edwards County “Jane Doe” was entered in the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. CODIS blends forensic science and computer technology into a tool for linking crimes. It enables federal, state, and local forensic laboratories to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking violent crimes to each other and to known offenders. Using the National DNA Index System of CODIS, the National Missing Persons DNA Database also helps identify missing and unidentified individuals such as our Edwards County “Jane Doe” but no successful matches have occurred yet so it was requested that “Jane Doe’s” remains be transferred from the University of North Texas (UNT) Anthropology Department to the Texas Ranger Forensic Artist for the purpose of crafting a facial reconstruction image using the skeletal remains. Edwards County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying Edwards County “Jane Doe”. If anyone recognizes or knows the identity of the subject known as Edwards County “Jane Doe” please contact: Sheriff Pamela Elliott (830) 683-4104, email firstname.lastname@example.org
EDWARDS COUNTY 452ND DISTRICT COURT
On September 12, 2016 in the 452nd District Court of Edwards County held court proceedings on assorted Felony Crimes committed in Edwards County:
Raul Castillo Ramirez Jr. from Rocksprings was sentenced to 7 year’s Deferred Adjudication for a May 16, 2016 complaint to the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office for an incident where he was accused of Assault Family Violence/House Member - Impeding Breath/Circulation (strangulation), a 3rd Degree Felony and Interference with an Emergency Call, a Class A Misdemeanor. Raul was ordered by the court to pay a $2,000.00 Fine, reimburse the court $271.00 and pay the attorney assigned by the court $700.00.
In another case, Debra Garcia plead Guilty and received 8 years’ Confinement in the Institutional Division of the State of Texas Probated for eight years (suspended) for her February 24, 2016 arrest in the City of Rocksprings for the Manufacture and Delivery of a Control Substance listed within Penalty Group 1 4G<200G (Methamphetamine) which is a First Degree Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class B Misdemeanor. She was also ordered by the court to pay a $2,500 Fine, court cost of $376.00, $472.50 for court appointed attorney fees and $35.00 restitution.
Fabian Ortiz was arrested on a warrant and seen by the judge for Motion to Revoke Probation for his 2011 conviction for a Burglary of a Habitation and the judge set a $10,000 PR .
Terrence R. Moffett was issued an Order Continuing and Extending Conditions of Probation for an additional six months beginning 9/12/2016 and set to expire on 3/11/2017 in order to meet his financial obligations and he was ordered to pay $1,195.65 as set forth in the original conditions of his probation.
Thomas B. Thompkins was set for Motion to Adjudicate for the 2011 conviction of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and a subsequent arrest warrant will be issued by the court.
TWO ARRESTED FOR FIGHTING AT A REPECTED ESTABLISHMMENT IN ROCKSPRINGS
While on routine patrol, a Deputy with the Edwards County Sheriff's Office observed two individuals fist fighting in the parking lot of King Burger. The parking lot is in a public place and the fight caused an immediate breach of the peace. It is also within sight of a public school and the fight took place while students were present at School. The Deputy observed Isaac Jimenez (26 ) from Del Rio hitting Bobby Green (28 ) from Laredo Texas with closed fist and Green was hitting Jimenez back with a closed fist. Both fell to the ground and continued fighting while on the ground. As the Deputy approached, The Deputy ordered the two to stop fighting. Both Jimenez and Green stopped but they were equally cursing and threatening each other with further violence.
Jimenez stated that Green owes him $80.00 and he came to collect the money. A witness stated that Green came inside to eat and Jimenez entered the establishment and started to threaten Green, they both went outside to fight. Green stated that he did not know why Jimenez approached him. The family of Jimenez arrived and started causing a disturbance.
Both Jimenez and Green were placed under arrest, handcuffed, searched and were transported to The Edwards County Detention Center where they were booked for Disorderly Conduct. Both arrested individuals are documented Gang Members and boast tattoos supporting the documentation.
Sec. 42.01. DISORDERLY CONDUCT. (a)(6)(d) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:
(6) Fights with another in a public place;
(d) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor
Code of Criminal Procedure Sec. 12.23. CLASS C MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.