Ennis police arrested seven high school students out of Navarro County on felony criminal mischief charges May 2.
Taken into custody were Francisco Guido, 18, of Corsicana; Salvador Carpio, 18, of Barry; Arturo Flores, 18, of Corsicana; Isaiah Chavez, 18, of Corsicana; Jessie Martinez, 18, of Corsicana; Alex Mendez, 17, of Corsicana; and a 16-year-old Corsicana male, whose name was not released due to his age.
The six adults were booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie on $20,000 bonds each on a third-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal behavior. A charge also is being filed on the juvenile, detective Sgt. Mike Hopson said, saying the six adults have since been released on bond, with the 16-year-old released to his parents.
The Ennis Police Department had received several reports of vandalism occurring at different places around town that night, Hopson said, saying a witness also had called in with a description of a suspect vehicle.
“Officer Chris Asbill was en route to another call, spotted the vehicle and got them stopped,” Hopson said, saying all seven teenagers were in the one vehicle. “They were arrested about 1 a.m.”
Hopson said he knew of about 10 reports of damage received by the department as of Tuesday morning.
“The underlying offense was criminal mischief,” Hopson said. “They decided to break out car windows and also broke out windows on a house with baseball bats. It was just kind of at random. … It was all over.”
When stopped by police, the teenagers were cooperative, Hopson said, saying a baseball bat was confiscated. A toy gun also was found in the vehicle but was not being used; there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol, he said.
“We interviewed them and they all admitted to what they’d done. They’re all pretty good kids. They’ve got jobs and good grades. A couple of them have scholarships already. They just went out and did some crazy stuff,” Hopson said. “They came up here because they didn’t know anybody up here. Guess they figured they could get away with it.”
The parents were directed to the county jail to bond out their children.
“They were pretty mad at the kids,” Hopson said.
Ennis Paint burglary foiled
An alert city of Ennis employee helped foil a burglary at Ennis Paint in the 2800 block of U.S. Highway 75 at about 7:38 p.m. May 1.
“He saw a vehicle pull into the area and saw the two males jump the fence into Ennis Paint,” detective Sgt. Mike Hopson said. “He observed them carry items over the fence and place them in the truck. The caller directed officers to the location and got them arrested.”
Responding to the location were officers Jeff Aaron, Randy Owen, Chris Asbill and Adrian Harris, who took Danny Joe Herrera, 35, and Jose Angel Alvarado, 35, into custody, Hopson said, saying police recovered extension cords, saws, a cutoff saw and a Miller welder. The items were returned to the owner, he said.
Herrera and Alvarado, who are both from Ennis, were booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center, with bonds set at $20,000 each on a felony charge of burglary of a building. As of Tuesday morning, they remained in custody.
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