Man Behind Bars After Botched Home Invasion
San Juan police officers responded to a home on the 5300 block of Dorado Drive near Owasso and César Chavez last night after getting several calls from residents who say they heard gunshots in the area.
Police immediately began a search for the suspects, but later encountered a man who accepted ownership of the home and a vehicle parked in the driveway.
To their surprise, the man turned out to be a drug dealer.
This afternoon, police identified the homeowner as 46-year-old Hugo Gerardo Rivas, a Mexican national from the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas who now faces one count for possession of marijuana and a second charge for failure to identify himself to a police officer.
According to police chief, Juan Gonzalez-Rivas has an extensive criminal history that includes prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, resisting arrest and aggravated assault.
Gonzalez tells FOX 2 NEWS, residents have no need to be alarmed by last night’s incident.
In fact, he encourages residents to report these types of crimes in their neighborhoods.
San Juan police say this is an ongoing investigation and tonight, the search is on for at least three individuals who fled the scene in a 2007 silver colored Toyota tundra pickup truck.
Authorities are hopeful this surveillance video will help them bring the suspects to justice.
If you have any information regarding this crime, you are urged to call the San Juan police crime stoppers hotline at (956) 283-TIPS (8477).
Tonight, Rivas remains incarcerated at the Hidalgo County jail on bonds totaling $20,000.