SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Officials said a U.S. Army sergeant is accused of sexually assaulting at least two young girls and investigators believe there may be more victims.
Staff Sgt. Martin Balleza, 37, faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said he is currently in custody on a $75,000 bond.
Balleza is assigned to the 201st Military Intelligence Battalion at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
An Army spokesman said the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command and the SAPD are working to investigate the case and would not comment further regarding Balleza.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A wanted felon reportedly shot and killed himself Sunday after he led an officer on a chase, trying to evade police.
A San Antonio police officer responded to a report of a suspicious person who was sleeping inside his car about 3:50 p.m. to 12000 O’Connor Road on the North Side.
San Antonio Police Department spokesman Douglas Greene said the officer ran the man’s license plate and found two felony warrants under his name.
The officer reportedly called for backup. The man then sped away from the scene in his car while the officer gave chase.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 22-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon following a four-hour standoff with a Cleveland police SWAT team in Forest Hills neighborhood.
Police said the man was arrested without incident about 1 p.m. on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
The incident started about 9 a.m. Sunday at an apartment building on East 117th Street, just off St. Clair Avenue where the man allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment with a knife and tried to attack her, police said.
One of the building’s residents called authorities. Police said officers tried to contact the man, but he largely ignored the officers.
SOLON, Ohio – A 53-year-old Twinsburg mother was fatally shot early Saturday by a rifle-wielding man after their two vehicles crashed at a busy intersection.
Police said Deborah Pearl was driving to work when she was killed by a 29-year-old North Ridgeville man who shot her with a 5.56-millimeter rifle.
Officers arrested the suspect at the scene. Solon police Lt. Bruce Felton said his identity will not be released until Monday, after he is formally charged.
“Word’s can’t explain what we’re going through,” said Pearl’s son, Derryo Pearl. “This is the roughest patch a human being can go through. I’ve gone through tough times before, but it wasn’t like this.”
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Police said three men were arrested after an attempted traffic stop in College Station turned into a lengthy vehicle chase on Thursday afternoon.
Enrique Bonilla Bravo, 25, Daveon Remond Whitfield, 26, and Marlin Laurell Cole, 26, have been charged with burglary of a habitation, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and theft of a firearm.
Bravo has also been charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, a state jail felony. Police say all three men are Houston residents.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Police say a 21-year-old man allegedly robbed three people Monday morning within minutes of each other before visiting his common-law wife in the hospital, where he was arrested.
Adiel Robert Menjivar reportedly pulled up alongside his victims in a red Ford Mustang and pointed what appeared to be an Uzi at them.
Fort Worth robbery Sgt. Mike Decker said the gun was later determined to actually be a pellet gun, which was later recovered from the Mustang.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A security guard said he was trying to detain a homeless robbery suspect when he got pepper spray in his eye, prompting him to accidentally fire his handgun.
The incident Wednesday was captured on surveillance cameras behind a Broadway Avenue Burger King.
A Burger King employee said a man walked up to the counter, pulled a knife and demanded the money in the register. The cashier handed him about $100 in cash and the man then said he “didn’t want to do this.”
SAN MARCOS, Texas — San Marcos police said two teenagers allegedly stole cars before driving the stolen vehicles and led police officers on a chase to Austin on Interstate 35 early Tuesday.
Police officials said officers received reports that a GMC pickup had been stolen at the Sienna Pointe Apartments on Hunter Road at 2:24 a.m. Patrol officers responded to the call and searched the area.
Officials said the officers spotted four vehicles, including the stolen pickup, parked on Hunters Hill Road. When police approached, the vehicles reportedly drove off.
AUSTIN, Texas — A man allegedly shot his friend to death over the weekend while they were inside a moving vehicle.
Police said Mario Gamez, 20, was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital at 2:14 a.m. Sunday by several people.
Police said he was taken into the emergency room but was pronounced dead at 2:21 a.m.
Police believe that one of the five passengers in the car that took Gamez to the hospital allegedly fired a gun and killed Gamez while inside the vehicle, which was traveling on William Cannon Drive toward Interstate 35.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Eight people were shot in a span of 15 hours on Saturday and Sunday, including seven on the city’s East Side.
Authorities said they have not yet arrested suspects in any of the shootings.
The first shooting reportedly occurred about 11:40 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Amesbury Avenue, off 93rd Street in the Rosalind Amesbury Estates. The victim was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
An alleged home invasion reportedly occurred about 11 p.m. in which someone broke into a home in the 6400 block of Belvidere Avenue and shot two people.