HOUSTON – Five men arrested last month in connection with the discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an area stash house have entered guilty pleas, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Jose Aviles-Villa, 34, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, 28, Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta, 40, Jose Cesmas-Borja, 22, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja, 20, were arrested March 19, 2014. On that date, 115 illegal aliens were discovered in a stash house on Almeda School Road in Houston. A two-count criminal information was filed April 8, 2014, charging the five men, all from from Michoacan, Mexico, with conspiracy to harbor and transport ilegal aliens and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Today, April 16th, all five defendants pleaded guilty to both counts as charged.
The convicted smugglers admitted they obtained substantial profits as a result of the conspiracy. They had established networks who brought the aliens into the U.S. illegally across the Southwest border. The illegal aliens were then held in stash houses while the smugglers arranged payment of remaining smuggling fees from their families.
While in the stash house, the conspirators seized the victim aliens’ clothes, shoes, phones and other possessions. The conspirators used guns, paddles, tasers and other equipment to control and prevent the illegal aliens from escaping from the stash house. They guarded the aliens with guns displayed in plain view and threatened to kill them by shooting them in the back of the head if they tried to escape.
In one specific instance, the conspirators contacted the mother of one of the stashed aliens and told her to pay an additional $13,000 for the victim and her two children. She was advised that if she did not pay, they would “make her family disappear and make her family pay.”
Sentencing has been set for July 30, 2014. At that time, they each face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy conviction as well as a mandatory minimum of five years for using a firearm which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed.
They will all remain in custody pending that hearing.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Houston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Julie Searle and Special AUSA Rick Bennett are prosecuting.
Reminder: Reward Now $13,000 for Sex Offender
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding the public that the reward for Juan Carlos Pena, 49, has increased to up to $13,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of April. The Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive has a violent criminal past and is wanted for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Pena has ties to the McAllen and Houston areas as well as Reynosa, Mexico; and his last known address was in Spring, Texas. Pena may occasionally cross the border between Reynosa and McAllen. He has been known to work in computer-related jobs. Pena’s criminal history includes burglary, assault, DWI and aggravated robbery. For more information and updates in the event of his arrest, please see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=196.
Pena is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds. His tattoos include “Yolanda My Love” on his right wrist; a unicorn and “Charlie” on his upper left arm; and a skull and eagle on his upper back. He also has scars on his right ankle and abdomen.
One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitive is featured. All calls, texts, emails and Facebook tip messages are anonymous.
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four different ways:
• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
• Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
• Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
The following link, http://bit.ly/VqydsJ, explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitive or sex offender and/or how to receive a reward once the fugitive is captured.
Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders (http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/).
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
The missing person juvenile, Elizabeth Rex, has been located in Harlingen, Texas. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Units, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Harlingen Law Enforcement, followed up on leads in reference to the missing person juvenile. Information led to a possible location of the missing person juvenile and her abductor, in a trailer park in Harlingen. The two were located at this location. Elizabeth appeared unharmed, and is being transferred to a local hospital for an evaluation. Randy Johnson was placed in custody for a kidnapping warrant that was issued in Montgomery County, for the abduction of Elizabeth Rex.
Huntsville ISD Press Release
Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees Approves Hire of Mance Park Middle School Principal
HUNTSVILLE, TX (April 15, 2014) – Huntsville ISD is excited to announce that the HISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Robert Bennett as the new Principal of Mance Park Middle School during the April 15, 2014 Board meeting. Mr. Bennett has been serving as Interim Principal following the resignation of former Principal, Ingrid Purvis.
Mr. Bennett is no stranger to the system as he is in his 21st year of service to HISD. Mr. Bennett started as a teacher for the system teaching DAEP, Science and PE. He also served as a Junior High football coach during his teaching years. He has been a district administrator for the past 16 years serving in the following roles: Assistant Principal at HHS for 3 years, Principal of DAEP for 10 years, and for the past 3 years as Associate Principal at HHS.
Huntsville ISD Press Release
Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees Approve 2014-2015 Compensation Plan
HUNTSVILLE, TX (April 15, 2014) – Every employee in Huntsville ISD will receive a pay increase for the 2014-2015 school year thanks to the compensation package unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees during the April 15, 2014 regular monthly board meeting.
The compensation package for 2014-2015 comes as a result of a study conducted over a 4 month period by Texas Association of School Boards (TASB HR/Services) staff and district employees to evaluate current district salaries. This new package includes a starting teacher salary of $39,000, up from $36,000. The package also provides teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses and special education professional staff with a $1,500 general pay increase. An adjustment will be also be made for individuals within that group with 1-4 years of experience. The plan accounts for a 2 percent pay increase from mid-points of the newly adjusted pay scales for all other district employee groups. The new compensation plan will provide targeted market adjustments to those employees identified as significantly below market. The total cost of increase for this plan would be approximately $1.4M. The plan will be funded via increased revenue due to increased Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and from monies available from the district fund balance.
The plan changes teacher pay practices to eliminate “step raises” and adopt a market-based approach to teacher pay planning. The use of a hiring schedule will only be used for the purpose of guiding placement of new hires. Stipends were not included in this current salary study, but the district does intend to study them for the 2015-2016 school year. Overall, it is the goal of the district to repeat this strategy for several more years to become more competitive and retain high quality employees. The 2014-2015 compensation plan will go into effect on September 1, 2014.
NIC #: M871911591
LAST NAME: REX
FIRST NAME: ELIZABETH
DATE OF LAST
MPJ was last seen on 4/14/2014 at her home, off of Memory Lane, in Magnolia, Texas. MPJ went outside to play and never returned home. MPJ was last seen wearing black pants, gray tank top, red jacket and gray tennis shoes. Per information given, she is believed to be with 51 year old, WM, Randy Johnson, who has a last known location of Harlington, TX.
Also, Elizabeth is diagnosed with Pre-Development Disorder (PDD), Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Bi-Polar Disorder and Von Willerbrands Disease. These disorders cause her to interact on a 5-6 year old level, cause mental instability and occasional mental breakdowns in high stress environments, and cause her to bleed from any cut or nosebleed. She can easily bleed to death if injured severely enough.
Any information on the above missing juvenile should contact:
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Gannucci at 936-760-5876
936-760-5800, Option #3 after 5PM
Community: HCSO seeks public’s help in capturing burglar who crept into baby’s room as seen in surveillance video.
Hi Harris County Sheriff’s Office Subscriber,
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Safe Home Task Force is seeking the public’s help in identifying a burglary suspect who is seen on home video surveillance walking through the victims ‘ home and staring at their infant while they slept.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, responded to the residence located in the 18200 block of Flint Hill Drive in west Harris County.
The homeowner told deputies he was notified by a neighbor that his laptop computer and a briefcase were found in the neighbor’s yard.
The homeowner stated the items were in his residence when he went to bed the night before.
The burglar also took $60 in cash from a wallet.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 16 to 18 years old. He was wearing a New Era baseball cap with a San Antonio Spurs logo on the brim. He also has a tattoo behind his right ear, possibly of Asian characters.
The video link is : http://youtu.be/7qwqEkiR1rs
Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity in this case and/or location is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or to submit a tip via the iWatchHarrisCounty phone app.
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