Garza allegedly robs brother's shop; shot fired into home

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Alice Police Department responded to a number of calls over the weekend, including one in which a man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing his brother's business.

According to Alice Police Department reports, Eric Garza, 23, was arrested and charged with two burglaries that occurred at the same location over the weekend.

On Saturday, officers were called to the 100 block of Cecelia Street in reference to a burglary of a building. Officers investigating the scene allegedly found that money and several tools were missing from the business.

On Sunday, officers were again called to the location, and discovered that additional tools had been stolen from the business during the night.

Information at the scene led officers to question Garza, the brother of the businessowner. After Garza was questioned, he was placed under arrest and was charged with burglary of a building, according to Alice Police Department reports.

Also on Saturday, officers responded to a call of deadly conduct in the 1100 block of Oleander Street around 2:30 a.m.

According to reports, a family living in a residence at that location told officers an unknown suspect had shot at their residence.

A bullet hole was found in a privacy fence, and the bullet appeared to have entered the residence and struck pillows on a bed, but the bullet was not recovered. No arrests have been made in the case.

In a separate incident, officers also received a report of a robbery that allegedly took place in the Guadalupe Hacienda parking lot on Main Street shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday.

The victim told police he was waiting for a friend in his car in the parking lot when an unknown man opened his car door and began punching him in the head.

The suspect reportedly demanded money and struck the victim several more times in the head.

The victim gave the suspect a $20 bill, a cell phone and an MP3 player, and the suspect fled the scene, according to reports. No arrests have been made in the case.

In an unrelated incident, two men were arrested for allegedly drag racing on Main Street over the weekend. According to Alice Police Department reports, officers observed two vehicles racing on Main Street Saturday shortly before 11 p.m.

Officers reportedly observed a black Chevrolet pickup truck and a yellow Ford Mustang racing in the 1700 block of Main Street.

Both vehicles were stopped, and the drivers were arrested and charged with racing on a highway.

The drivers were identified as Armando Abrigo, 17, and Brian Garcia, 22.