Wanted Man Back in Weslaco


POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 4:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:28pm

A former U.S. Marine is in custody after being on the run for over a year.

A former U.S. Marine is in custody after being on the run for over a year.

He's charged with aggravated robbery and trying to shoot a police officer.

After months of searching Weslaco Police have finally arrested and arraigned Alfredo Calderon Jr. He is the suspect in the 2009 Stripes robbery in Weslaco.

Calderon is being charged with three felonies: aggravated robbery, criminal attempt at capital murder and evading arrest.

The robbery occurred in July 2009 on International Boulevard at a Stripes station. When police arrived on scene they attempted to pursue the suspect. The suspect then opened fire on the police officer.

"We engaged in the pursuit which then led into Donna, which he traveled on the wrong side of the road," said Danny Elizondo, Weslaco PIO.

Calderon left the vehicle in Donna and fled on foot, eluding police officers.

It wasn't until months later that the investigation led the police to find Calderon in California.

"Through investigation we learned that the suspect, Alfredo Calderon Jr. had joined the Marines, at that time we contacted the Marines in which they conducted an investigation, apprehended him for us until we were able to extradite him back to Weslaco," said Elizondo.

Calderon was arrested at the McAllen International Airport when his plane landed December 21st.

Calderon's bond is set at $100 thousand for the aggravated robbery, $250 thousand for the criminal attempt at capital murder and $5 thousand for evading arrest

Calderon's trial will take place at the Hidalgo County Court House.

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