Valverde charged with five felony counts by Raymondville PD

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice City Councilman Shane Valverde was arrested in Raymondville Monday and has been charged with five felony counts and one misdemeanor, according to Raymondville Police Department reports.

Valverde contacted the Alice Echo-News Journal Wednesday to inform the paper of the arrest, which he said occurred while he and two other private investigators were attempting to serve a warrant.

Det. Andres Maldonado, an investigator with the Raymondville Police Department, confirmed the arrest Thursday morning.

According to Raymondville Police Department reports, Valverde and two other men, identified as Troy Berry, 47, and Bruce Berry, 38, were driving a blue Ford Expedition in the 200 block of San Francisco Street in Raymondville shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday.

While driving on the street, the Expedition reportedly attempted to pull over a brown Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, causing the pickup truck to strike the rear of the Expedition.

Once both vehicles came to a stop, Valverde and the other two men exited the Expedition, pointing a shotgun and a taser at four occupants of the truck, Maldonado said.

"Mr. Valverde went to the driver's side and pried open the door, because it had gotten jammed during the accident," Maldonado said. "He pulled out the main victim, Ruben Sanchez."

Valverde reportedly placed Sanchez, 18, in handcuffs, put him in the Expedition and he and the other two men drove away with Sanchez in custody.

Witnesses in the S-10 pickup called police, and the Expedition was stopped a short time later in Raymondville.

Valverde and the other two investigators were arrested and transported to the Willacy County Correctional Facility, Maldonado said.

"Their credentials were never in question, it was the amount of force they used and the fact that they got the wrong person," Maldonado said. "Mr. Valverde caused an accident and then left the scene of an accident."

Valverde was charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of unlawful restraint and one misdemeanor count of accident involving damages. After several hours in custody, he was released from the jail on $147,000 bond.

Troy and Bruce Berry were each charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one felony count of unlawful restraint. Both men remained in the Willacy County Correctional Facility Thursday on $145,000 bond each.

On Wednesday, Valverde and his attorney, Joe Torres III, who is also the City of Alice attorney, issued a statement in which Valverde said he expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

"Mr. Shane Valverde, a licensed private investigator by the state of Texas, while attempting to serve a felony warrant, exercised restraint and due diligence," Valverde wrote in a prepared statement. "In providing this public service during this incident, Mr. Valverde checked in with local law enforcement before, during and after the incident.

"We expect that once the full story is told in the appropriate venue, the facts will clear Mr. Valverde of any and all allegations."

On Thursday, Det. Maldonado said the police department has concluded its investigation into the incident and expects to forward the case to the district attorney for prosecution.