Two Gang Members Arrested Linked To Third Homicide
POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:39pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 7:03am
EDINBURG- The murder of Emilio Cantu has been solved and arrests have been made, he marks Hidalgo County's third homicide.
Tri City Bombers Juan Angel Rivera and Juan Albiter are the ones who investigators say killed Emilio Cantu, 25, this past Sunday off Iowa Road and Tower and then burned his body, they are now charged with murder.
Rivera was taken into custody on Wednesday while his accomplice, Albiter was arrested yesterday. Deputies found an important piece of evidence that led them to the arrest.
"A cell phone was found I would say about 20 yards from the actual location where we found the body," said Sheriff Lupe Trevino.
In that cell phone contained the number of Albiter who investigators say arrived shortly after the murder happened to pick up Rivera and to get away. Prior that night, Rivera convinced Cantu that they were heading to kill a rival gang member and got him to wear latex gloves so there wouldn't be any traces of his shooting, but the outcome was Cantu getting shot instead by Rivera; four times in the head and twice in the chest.
According to investigators, Rivera set the car on fire trying to get rid of evidence and Cantu's lower body was burned as a result of that. Sheriff investigators said the motive of the shooting was because Rivera believed Cantu was betraying his gang affiliation.
"That our victim Emilio Cantu, who is also a Bomber gang member not a very active one but he was a member of the gang had been seen hanging around a rival gang and they believed that he was compromising things they were going to do in the future and and didn't seem right to them so they decided they were going to eliminate them because of that," said Trevino.
The rival gang was not named in fear that a gang war would start. News Center 23 went to the victim's parents home where a cross has been laid but no one was home. The duo has an extensive criminal history.
Rivera's bond was set at $5 million while Albiter's bond was set at $5 million for the murder charge and another $5 million for failing to report a felony in a separate case.