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Bond Denied for Father, Son Accused of Shooting Agent

July 11th 2012   ·   11 Comments

McALLEN – A federal judge today denied bond for a father and son charged in the attempted murder of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent last week near Hargill.

U.S. Magistrate Peter Ormsby ruled the assault case was sufficiently serious to keep Pedro Alvarado and his 18-year-old son Arnold behind bars while the case is heard in court.

The pair testified they didn’t know the victim was a federal agent when they chased him.

Also in custody as a suspect is the Pedro Alvarado’s 16-year-old son, who’s charged as a juvenile in a state district court with attempted capital murder.

A federal agent took the stand during today’s hearing to tell a judge what happened the day his partner, Kelton Harrison, was shot.

Court proceedings revealed that the agents were taking part of a two-year-long investigation when they were allegedly chased and shot at by Alvarado and his two sons. Today’s testimony revealed Harrison was not armed during the surveillance operation. He was not wearing a uniform and was not in a marked vehicle.

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Readers Comments (11)

  1. Johnny says:

    After the shooting, authorities searched a home in Hargill and arrested the two men and the 16-year-old. Authorities said they also found two illegal immigrants from El Salvador at the home, listed in online records as material witnesses in the case, but did not say if they were suspected to be involved in the shooting.

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    They left out they also had illegals staying at the home.

  2. Rod Hill says:

    Don’t let Eric Holder learn of this injustice. How dare this Judge infringe on these peoples rights like this!

  3. Pres downgrading the border patrol… in 5 days immigration reform…these stories will be an everyday occurrence from this day on!

  4. Bet big money that their ILLEGAL!!

  5. Judie Bean says:

    a judge bho missed. who would have thunk it could happen.?

  6. Good! Throw their asses to the gators or sharks! Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  7. Bill Cooper says:

    Occasionally, we discover someone who is not controlled by the Culture of Corruption, take Joe Arpaio for example. Hope they have someone watching their backs!

  8. Steve Reilly says:

    Just execute the goofy bastards.

  9. Chris Foster says:

    Hey, I personally believe if you wish death upon another man regardless of what you THINK they did – that you should be put in their shoes for wishing death upon someone. For you are no different than the murderer himself.


  10. Would it have mattered had they known he was an agnt? I think not

  11. Elise Reyes says:

    Why is it that people are so quick to use the word illegal. We all came from our for fathers to this country and they weren’t legal. Murder is a sin and attemting to take a life is also. What they have done is for God and the court to judge not everyone else to sitand stereotype. Its not your life our your shoes. Think before you judge your not GOD!

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