EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The six people arrested in connection to the Edinburg police officer shooting appeared before a judge on Monday afternoon, and most of the suspects received multi-million dollar bonds.
Victor Miguel Hernandez and Melissa Yvette Hernandez both face charges of attempted capital murder aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence. They each have a bond set at $2.25 million for all three charges.
Luis Miguel Hernandez and Bernabe Lee De La Paz are both charged with attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery. Their bonds are set at $2 million each.
Danielle Valadez and Zachary Whittemore both face hindering prosecution charges and each have a $250,000 bond for that charge.
During a press conference held on Monday morning, Edinburg police chief Rolando Castañeda said the arrests of these suspects were made possible thanks to the help of an Edinburg citizen.
"One of our good citizens of Edinburg called us of a suspicious person in the area that we were searching, which led to the arrest of these people."
The number of suspects in this case continues to rise--on Monday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., Edinburg police arrested a seventh person in connection to the officer shooting.
The man was arrested on charges of attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence.
"As the investigation progresses, we're getting new information, getting new suspects that are being developed, and therefore arrest warrants being obtained and people being arrested," said Lt. Oscar Treviño.
The seventh suspect was expected to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon, but a change in plans is pushing back that arraignment to sometime on Wednesday.
Officials are not revealing which suspect or suspects fired the shots at the police officer. That officer is also not being identified at this time for security reasons. Chief Castañeda confirms that the officer is a 24-year-old Iraq veteran who has been with the Edinburg police department for about three years.