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Two arrested in connection with home invasion

20130802 MPD ArraignmentMISSION – Two men have been arraigned in connection with a home invasion that occurred on Monday, July 22. Officials are still looking for three more suspects.

Last week, during a home invasion on Mayberry Road, four men barged into a house, one of them brandishing a shotgun, yelling, “police” and asking for drugs and money.

Through tips received, police were able to track down the vehicle seen at the home. The first suspect was arrested shortly after finding the vehicle last week and was arraigned last Friday.

Through the investigation, officials found that a total of five people were involved in the home invasion.

The second man was arrested Sunday and arraigned on Tuesday.

According to police, Juan Antonio Gomez, 38, matches the description of the man who had made a visit to the home hours before he allegedly came back and participated in the home invasion by kicking in the front door.

Gomez was arraigned Friday for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and given a $1 million bond. He is not a United States citizen.

Eleazar Isabel Mazariegos, 24, was charged with aggravated robbery, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of marijuana. He received a $1 million bond for the aggravated robbery, $20,000 for the cocaine and $5,000 for the marijuana.

Both men could face life in prison if found guilty.

Police Corporal Manuel Casas said the police department has had help from the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force with the investigation and arresting the individuals. He added, all the men are considered to be armed and dangerous, a reason for getting the assistance from the Marshals.

“It’s been fortunate that tips keep on coming in,” said Casas. Casas said the tips received have helped immensely in developing leads to find the men.

The bonds have also been set so high because of the caliber of the crime, endangering children, said Casas.

The important thing is that “we don’t want them on the streets,” said Casas. If anyone has any information about the men involved, call the Crime Stoppers TIPS line at 956-581-8477.

Casas said he does not want anyone to approach the men, but make the call if you do see them.

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