2008-11-12 / Front Page

Fugitive in Raymondville attempted murder turns self in at International Bridge

Man concerned about treatment at Mexican hospitals
ROBERT WILCOX Reporter

Hank Soto
A Raymondville man who fled to Mexico after he allegedly tried to kill his brother-inlaw surrendered at the international bridge at Brownsville, citing concerns over medical treatment in Texas's southern neighbor.

Israel Hank Soto, 23, was arrested for criminal attempted murder, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Monday.

Soto turned himself into the U.S. Border Patrol agents on Friday around 1:00 p.m., according to RPD Det. David Robles.

"He had been in a motor vehicle accident in Mexico and left a hospital there. Mr. Soto told the Border Patrol that he needed medical attention and wanted to go to a U.S. hospi- tal," Robles said. "He identified himself as a fugitive, and was transported to Valley Baptist in Brownsville."

The attempted murder incident started back in January when Soto reportedly stabbed his brother-in-law, Gabriel Garcia. Soto threatened his sister's mother, and has been a fugitive ever since.

"Gabriel was stabbed several times in the chest and stomach area," Robles added. "We've been in contact with Mexican authorities over the past 10 months."

"He suffered a lacerated liver and kidney from the MVA in Mexico," Robles said. "He also may have ruptured his spleen."

Soto was released Monday and arraigned in Willacy County Jail to face criminal charges, and has since needed additional medical attention at Valley Baptist in Harlingen.

His total bond was set at $210,000, and he is currently confined at Valley Baptist MediIsrael cal Center's prison ward.

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