Alice man was just indicted on burglary charges

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

One week after he was indicted on charges of burglary of a building, an Alice man has been arrested again and charged with arson.

According to Alice Police Department records, officers were called to a home on Palo Blanco Street shortly after 11 p.m. Monday in connection with a fire.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly discovered a shed on fire in the back of a home, and a known subject, identified as Freddy Martinez, 33, of Alice, was observed leaving the home.

The home owner was contacted and informed officers Martinez had been given permission to remove a stove from the home, but had not been given any permission to start a fire.

The Alice Fire Department was called to the scene and extinguished the fire, which reportedly caused extensive damage to the shed.

Martinez was taken into custody, and officers reportedly found a check book belonging to an Alice woman and several needles on him.

Martinez was arrested and charged with arson.

He was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday.

According to Alice Police Department reports, Martinez allegedly told officers he would not be in custody for very long, because he was a "lieutenant in the Mexican Mafia."

Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno said Tuesday he was disappointed his officers continue to receive calls about Martinez.

"It's just a shame that we have a revolving door with these people," Bueno said. "But we'll keep doing our job."

Last week, a Jim Wells County grand jury returned an indictment for burglary of a building against Martinez. That indictment stemmed from an Oct. 17, 2006 incident in which he allegedly broke into the G&G Loan building in downtown Alice.