Jogger Attacked on Popular Trail, Suspect Claims it Wasn't Him!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 10:17am

The man cuffed who stood before a Brownsville judge Wednesday morning claims it was a case of mistaken identity, that the victim of a robbery ID'd the wrong guy!

"When he was identifying me, the guy had a lazy eye," says aggravated robbery suspect Orlando Perez.

The robbery happened Tuesday night at around 8 pm on the jogging trail by the Brownsville Event Center. Police and the victim say it was 18 year old Orlando Perez and possibly another suspect that were involved.

Investigators say they approached the man flashing a weapon and demanded his cell phone.

"He (Perez) brandished a knife and lunged at the victim, at the person, at least three times," says Cameron County Assistant District Attorney, Val Antonio.

The victim managed to get away from the robbers relatively unharmed and called police. Authorities found one of the suspects, Perez, walking near the Brownsville Event Center, but they would have to draw their weapons to get him to stop.

In the courtroom Wednesday, Perez claims it just wasn't him, that he was in the area but had no knife and had never even seen the victim.

"You’re gonna have plenty of time to prepare your defense. He positively identified you, the victim himself," said Judge Ben Neece.

Right now Brownsville Police are working to identify that second suspect, if you have any information you can contact Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 546-TIPS.

Perez has been given a 250-thousand dollar bond for the aggravated robbery he denies committing.

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