Teens arrested in BB gun attack on woman, cars

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SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Four teenagers are accused of launching an attack with a BB gun on a Texas neighborhood, leaving a woman in a hospital and other people without any transportation.

Seguin police arrested Daniel Alvarez, 17; Jathon Palacio, 18; and Anthony Evans, who turned 18 on Monday; on charges of criminal mischief and injury to the elderly.

A 16-year-old boy also was arrested in connection with this case, but police are not releasing his identity due to his age.

All of the suspects are from Nixon.

Sgt. James Springer said a 66-year-old woman who was alone in a parking lot early Saturday morning was shot in the face by someone with a BB gun.

The woman had to have surgery to remove the pellets, which had lodged in her face and body.

“Absolutely this was not an accident. This was purposely shooting at this person,” Springer said.

“I think this went way beyond juvenile mischief, just some kids goofing off and doing something stupid. I think this went way beyond that,” he said.

In addition to causing the woman’s injuries, the suspects are accused of shooting at cars and homes in a four-block area near Court and McCullough streets.

Thomas Diaz was one of about a dozen people who found out about the damage after answering a knock on his door from police around 4 a.m. Saturday.

He said he found the windshield and side windows on his pickup shattered, while all of the glass was knocked out of his side mirror.

“I saw a lot of damage, like if they had a bat or something and were knocking people’s windshields out,” Diaz said. “It’s a shame that we have to deal with this.”

A few doors down, Fred Garza, 20, was left wondering how to pay for repairing the windows on his SUV.
“Most of the trucks in the neighborhood here got shot up, too,” Garza said. “Work hard for your stuff for somebody just to come and do this to you.”

Springer said this may not be the first time the suspects have done this sort of damage.

He said police in their hometown of Nixon told him they have had similar crimes, and they’re looking into whether the teens may have been responsible.

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