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Harlingen crime weekend roundup

August 29, 2018

Staff Reports

HARLINGEN — Harlingen police have been busy fighting crime. Here is a look at some of their most notable arrests recently.

Aggravated Robbery

Mizael Cantu Jr., 26, a Harlingen resident, was arrested for aggravated robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

On August 23 at approximately 1:17 a.m., a Harlingen police officer on patrol observed Cantu inside a convenience store located at the 1200 block of North 77 swinging his arms which appeared to be an assault in progress.

The officer immediately ran to the front door of the business and observed Cantu raise his hands in the air, and dropped a set of knuckles onto the floor.

The officer made contact with the store clerk who said Cantu had entered the store and allegedly started hitting him in the face with his fists, and telling him to open the cash register.

Police said the store clerk was able to fend off the attack, as the officer arrived on scene.

Cantu was given a $110,000 bond for aggravated robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Burglary of Habitation

Albert Lee Rivera Jr., 17, of Harlingen was arrested for burglary of a habitation.

On August 22, at 1:34 p.m. Harlingen police dispatch received a call of a possible burglary of a residence in progress on the 2100 block of West Gayle Street.

Police were told an unknown male was seen leaving the residence with two rifles.

According to police, officers were nearby when the call was dispatched and they responded immediately. A patrol officer spotted the male walking down the street carrying the two rifles.

When the officer tried to make contact with the male, he immediately dropped the rifles, and ran from the officer.

According to police, Rivera ran into a nearby neighborhood, and hid.

Officers located Rivera hiding in the back yard of another house inside a tool shed.

Rivera was given a bond of $51,500 for burglary of a habitation and possession of marijuana.

Crash Involving Death

Michael David Rincones, 27, of Harlingen has been charged with accident involving death of Adrian Eduardo Jimenez.

Rincones is accused of striking Jimenez with his vehicle, failing to stop and render aid and fleeing the scene of the crash in the vehicle.

On July 21 at approximately 2:06 a.m., Harlingen police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Taft St. in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash.

When officers arrived on scene, a male later identified as 20-year-old Adrian Eduardo Jimenez was found lying on the ground with serious bodily injuries.

EMS was called to the scene, and Jimenez was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

During the course of the investigation, Harlingen’s Major Crime Investigators learned that Jimenez had been struck by a dark colored pickup truck.

On August 21, Harlingen Major Crimes Investigators received information in reference to the hit and run crash.

The Investigators followed up on the information they received, and on August 23, the Harlingen Major Crimes Investigators took Rincones into custody without incident.

The alleged vehicle that was used in the Hit and Run has been recovered, and is in the possession of the Harlingen Police Department.

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