Thursday, April 16, 2009


The Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate an assault episode in the Salineno area during the early morning hours of March 29, with the focal point being the effort to determine who the initial aggressor was.
Sheriff’s Department Captain Larry Fuentes indicated on Monday, April 13, “Deputies were called out on Sunday, March 29 at 1:15 a.m. in the Salineno area in reference to an aggravated assault. Deputies met with Heriberto Trevino Garcia, who had gauze wrapped around his right arm below his elbow. Deputies noticed another individual named Rafael Hernandez lying on the ground. Hernandez was being attended to by Starr County Memorial Hospital EMS personnel. Blood was seen on his head.”
Fuentes continued, “Heriberto Garcia stated that he got in an argument with Hernandez and that Hernandez cut him with a knife, which was a drywall cutter. Garcia stated that he hit Hernandez on the head with one of his aluminum crutches.”
Fuentes noted, “A neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office.” Garcia, 46, and Hernandez, 42, were then transported to Starr County Memorial Hospital. The captain declared, “Garcia was treated and released. Hernandez was later transported to a McAllen hospital for further medical assistance. After several days in the hospital, Hernandez was released.”
Fuentes indicated that Garcia is disabled. He also stated, “Both weapons (the cutter and the crutch) were recovered at the scene.”
Fuentes concluded on Monday, “The case is being investigated to determine who was the actual aggressor. At this point, it’s somewhat difficult because there were no witnesses. The case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office in the next couple of days and will probably be presented to a grand jury.”

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