Teens charged for string of home invasions


POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 9:41am

Two young men each face $1 million bonds for their involvement in three home invasions over the weekend.

Leopoldo Bazaldua, 18, and Leobardo Zarazua, 17, were arrested along with four other juveniles for invading three separate homes in Mission.

The suspects were armed during the home invasions.

The two teens are being charged as adults while the juveniles will be processed through the juvenile system.  DPS troopers assigned to the Special Traffic Regulatory Task Force stopped the vehicle the suspects were said to be traveling in, and those involved in the home invasions were arrested.

Officials credit the controversial DPS checkpoints for aiding in the arrest of these individuals.

"The more police presence, the more crime you prevent, the more crime you deter, and if you're really lucky, you're gonna solve a crime," said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.  "That is exactly what happened in this particular instance. I support the enhanced DPS presence and I will continue to support them, and I think it is a good thing."

Those arrested in the string of home invasions are not believed to be gang members.

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