2008-02-06 / Front Page

Family rumbles result in 3 injuries and 6 arrests by Raymondville police

Yearlong feud has erupted into violent acts
ROBERT WILCOX Reporter

Rogelio Cruz Sr. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury. Rogelio Cruz Sr. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury. Raymondville police were kept busy last week trying to quell the violence between the Cruz and the De La Santos families, who fight often at the corner of N. 11th Street and San Francisco Avenue.

"This area has become a danger zone over the past year," said RPD Det. Andres Maldonado. "These two families have been committing more violent acts upon one another."

Maldonado said most recent incidents took place on Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th. Two unnamed juveniles, and four adults were arrested several times in the 2-day ruckus.

"On Friday, two female teenagers (from the De La Santos clan) were driving past the Cruz residence on the 400 block of E. Exchange Ave, when they stopped and began arguing with the 16- year-old daughter of Rogelio Cruz, Sr."

"Cruz's daughter dragged the driver, Julianne Cavazos, out of the car and began punching her," Maldonado read from his police report. "Three other people started to kick Julianne as she was on the ground."

Gabriel Cruz Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury. Gabriel Cruz Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury. "Cruz, Sr. was pushing the car door against Julianne's companion in her vehicle," the detective added.

Arrested for allegedly kicking Julianne or assault causing bodily injury were; Gabriel Cruz, 19, Jay Cavazos, 27, and Tricia Scarberry, 23, and an unnamed female juvenile, all of Raymondville.

"Jay Cavazos grabbed Julianne's companion, a juvenile, by the hair and punched her in the back of the head as she exited the vehicle," Maldonado added. "She was walking towards her friend who was still being kicked."

Jay Cavazos was arrested on two counts of assault causing bodily injury and one count of family violence, since Jennifer is his sister.

Rogelio Cruz, Sr., 43, of Raymondville, was arrested one count of assault causing bodily injury.

Then on Saturday, three members of the Cruz clan began throwing rocks at associates of the De La Santos clan at N. 11th and San Francisco.

"The injured person was a juvenile who suffered a severe gash to the head," Maldonado said. "It took 20 stitches to close the wound. This is like the Hatfield's and McCoy's," referring to a 1970s television series.

Tricia Scarberry Assault causing bodily injury Tricia Scarberry Assault causing bodily injury Rogelio Cruz, Sr., 43, his son Gabriel Cruz, and an unnamed juvenile were arrested for aggravated assault causing bodily injury, in the second incident.

In a unrelated case, one of the juveniles arrested in last week's feud was also arrested for a Nov. 24th stabbing of her brother.

Raymondville police also cleared up two assaults that occurred at last December's Christmas parade.

"We arrested a male juvenile who stabbed a female juvenile," Maldonado said. "It was a puncture wound to the abdomen." The charge was injury to a child.

In the second Christmas parade assault, Maldonado said that his colleagues, Det. Danny Cavazos and Cpl. Marcelino Flores, arrested a man who used brass knuckles to beat another man at the parade.

"The victim suffered severe lacerations on the side of his head," Maldonado said. "It took about eight staples to close the wounds."

Zachary Lee Garcia Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest Zachary Lee Garcia Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest Zachary Lee Garcia, 21, of Raymondville, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the brass knuckle assault, and also for evading arrest.

Jay Cavazos 2 counts assault causing bodily injury, family violence. Jay Cavazos 2 counts assault causing bodily injury, family violence.

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