Fatal Home Invasion In Edinburg
POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 7:12am
EDINBURG- Detectives are looking for more suspects after a home invasion that killed two Valluco Gang members over the weekend.
According to the Sheriffs Office, it happened early Saturday morning at the 5200 block of Nicole Street. Jovanny and Ken Torres were killed by one of the victim's according to the sheriff's office while they were conducting the home invasion. The home residents were not seriously harmed. There were children present while the home invasion happened.
Sheriff deputies say the duo had an extensive criminal history but no motive has been released. One of the guns used by the suspects was reported stolen from San Juan Police Department.
In a statement by Sheriff Lupe Trevino said, “The evidence gathered at the crime scene, victim’s statements, witness statements and autopsy results indicate that the shooting and resulting death of the home invaders was justifiable. The residents were being attacked with a display of deadly force and they responded in kind. Nonetheless, the completed investigations will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review by a grand jury. I do not expect any criminal charges to be filed against any members of the victim’s family. I am not going to identify the person that shot the home intruders due to their safety and well being, I do not want to set up the particular family member for retaliation attacks by the Valluco Gang. The Torres brothers had extensive serious criminal records. Between them, they had 15 armed robberies, 3 aggravated assaults, 5 drug arrests, and 3 burglary arrests amongst others.
The victims have no criminal records. Contrary to some media reports, there were no drugs seized at the crime scene.
The investigation will continue to determine if there were other members in the home invasion team. Still to be determined is how did the home invaders get there and what was the motive for the home invasion.
This is yet another example of how dangerous our criminal gangs are. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office will continue to place pressure on them until we are able to disrupt their activities and dismantle their criminal organizations."
This case is being investigated as a homicide.