Former Rio Hondo police officer charged with burglary, other crimes

Cameron County DA's Office

POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 1:51pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 9:20am

A former Rio Hondo reserve police officer was charged today with burglary of a building, tampering with government records and abuse of official capacity.

Ernesto Yañez, 26, was arrested in Houston Oct. 4 and extradited Thursday to Brownsville. Yañez had resigned from the Rio Hondo Police Department Oct. 1. According to police, Yañez stole tools from a residential construction site near Rio Hondo in September while he was a police officer.

Magistrate Judge Adolfo E. Cordova arraigned Yañez for the following charges:
1. Burglary of a Building: $15,000 bond
2. Tampering with Government Records: $30,000 bond
3. Abuse of Official Capacity: $5,000 bond

Lopez remains jailed at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center. Total bond set at $50,000.

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