2018-09-12 / Front Page

Willacy County man wanted for Quik Stop robbery brought back from San Benito

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Staff Writer


Israel Echavarria Israel Echavarria A Willacy County man wanted by police in connection with an Aug. 5 armed robbery at Ed’s Kwik Stop No. 3 was found in the custody of San Benito police and has been returned to Willacy County.

Israel Echavarria, 22, was booked into the Willacy County Jail Sept. 8 by Raymondville police on a warrant for aggravated robbery, said Sheriff’s Major Ernie Garcia.

Echavarria was shown in a store surveillance video with a bandana covering his face and holding a knife, threatening clerk Michael Gonzalez. Echavarria allegedly demanded cash and fled the store. Another Raymondville man allegedly acted as a lookout.

Echavarria is being held on a $45,000 cash/surety bond, Garcia said. The warrant used to transfer him back to Raymondville was issued by Municipal Judge Felicita Gutierrez.

Neither Garcia or Raymondville Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora knew the charges Echavarria was facing in San Benito.

San Benito police did not return a call from the Raymondville Chronicle.

Raymondville Police Detective Tomas Gomez, in charge of the Quik Stop case, also did not return calls from the Chronicle.

Chief Zamora said that he did not know about a video of Echavarria on a San Benito website and knows of no connection between any alleged crime in San Benito having any connection with the Raymondville aggravated robbery.

Echavarria has been incarcerated in the Willacy County jail four times, Garcia said.

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