A home invasion Thursday about 1 a.m., which escalated to a cross-fire shooting, resulted with the homeowner shooting one of the suspects and landing three in jail.
Jim Wells County investigators are searching for a fourth suspect, Florentino Chapa – the suspect who was shot in the leg. Officials said Chapa has committed other home invasions and has no regard to human life.
Marcos Garza and Jesus Salinas were arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony, child endangerment, theft of firearm and engaging in criminal activity.
After 24 hours of the investigation, officers developed more information to secure a warrant for Sergio Salinas in connection with the home invasion.
Salinas was picked up by officials as he was walking in the Rancho Alegre area about lunch on Tuesday. He was charged with four counts of theft of firearm.
“If you see (the last) suspect, (he) is dangerous, call the sheriff's office,” said Jim Wells County Sheriff's investigator Alan Gonzalez.
Sheriff's officials said the four men forced themselves into a home on County Road 465 near Ben Bolt area while the family was asleep.
The homeowner was awaken and noticed the men putting on black masks and pulling out weapons. That's when he put his family members in a closet for safety. The owner shot at the suspects and a shooting ensued.
One of four of the bullets hit a headboard in one of the bedrooms where a child was sleeping.
The suspects took off in their vehicle and within moments crashed the vehicle they were in near a cement company off South Highway 281. The individuals walked to the cement company and attempted to steal a truck as the watch person at the company was awaken. In the process, the men removed cameras and DVRs from the building.
“The investigators, within 12 hours, had the suspects in custody,” said Sheriff Daniel Bueno. “This type of criminal activity will not be tolerated.”
Officials with US Marshals are assisting in the search for Chapa. Sheriff's officials said anyone harboring a fugitive could be charged and arrested.
“We will come after you,” Bueno said.