Homicide suspect Ricardo Jose "RJ" Acuna, 36, was arrested Tuesday after a pursuit with law enforcement.
Acuna was wanted in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred on Wednesday, March 14. Corpus Christi Police Department responded to a shooting on the 2000 block of Coleman Street in Corpus Christi that left 19-year-old Deandre Mathis dead and another man seriously injured.
According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Acuna, 26-year-old Arian Carbajal and 31-year-old Ismael Castillo were involved in the shooting.
According to Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno, investigators had a tip that Acuna was in the northern part of JWC, but as investigators with the Narcotics Division were monitoring Acuna's girlfriend, Christy Cantu, in another part of town, the operation took an unexpected turn.
"We were doing the surveillance on (Cantu) when she drove to an (Alice) apartment complex and when we were watching her investigators observed the homicide suspect," said JWC Chief Deputy Louie Valadez. "We knew that (Cantu) had a relationship with (Acuna)."
At the apartment complex they observed Acuna dressed in black, wearing a hoody and carrying a black bag exit an apartment and got into Cantu's vehicle. Cantu, who is five months pregnant, drove towards Nueces County in a white SUV.
With the assistance of Department of Public Safety troopers and federal agents, JWC investigators followed the suspects. DPS attempted to conduct a traffic stop in Bluntzer on County 624, based on information from the JWC investigators, when Cantu led police in a high speed pursuit that ended on County Road 69 in Calallen, according to investigators.
Cantu stayed near her vehicle, but Acuna fled into the brush dropping a hand gun along the way.
JWC investigators chased him and finally arrested him at a nearby country club.
"Knowing that we had a murderer in Alice and Jim Wells County was a big concern to this department," Bueno stated.
Acuna and Cantu were transported to Nueces County jail. He was arrested in connection with the murder. Cantu was charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Acuna has three motions to revoke probation violations and was sentenced to nine years in prison for an aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He is also known as "Joker."
Carbajal was booked into the Nueces County jail on Thursday, March 22. She was charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and murder.
Castillo is still at large and wanted for murder. Castillo also has a warrant for suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of San Patricio County, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
Castillo is described as a 31-year-old man who stands six feet tall, weighs approximately 240 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on the right side of his face, a tattoo on the left side of his face and another tattoo on the nape of the neck.
He is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Castillo's whereabouts is urged to call 9-1-1, Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS or submit the information online at cctexas.com/crimestoppers. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.