More arrests made in stabbing

Special to the PRESS

Nine additional suspects have been arrested in conjunction with the stabbing incident on March 17 that sent Derek J. Madrigal to Valley Baptist Hospital for injuries that he sustained.

The arrests took place on April 4 in the early morning hours, when the South Padre Island Police Department with the assistance of the Texas Rangers, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division and multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies from the San Antonio area executed nine arrest warrants in the San Antonio area.

These arrest warrants follow a thorough and detailed investigation into the attack on Derek Madrigal, who was stabbed in the incident that occurred during Spring Break on South Padre Island.

“We are grateful for the cooperation of all the assisting agencies and I am extremely proud of our police department,” said South Padre Island Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr. Those arrested in conjunction with the state arrest warrants and the federal search warrants are alleged gang members with the Texas Mexican Mafia. The suspects arrested and taken into custody for aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity are Omar Ibarra Guerrero (27), Carlos Saenz III (26), Eric Gomez (35), Alfredo Valdez (30), Emilio Jacob Ruvalcaba (28), Gilbert Balderas (30), Jaime Alvarez Matos (30), Thomas Wayne Garcia (27) and Miguel Angelo Villarreal (21). Their mug shots at shown below.





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