Fugitive “El Sapo” captured

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

January 8, 2015

El SapoGuadalupe Barrera, a fugitive wanted for the robbery of a residence in Laguna Heights on the morning of August 14, was captured during attempting a similar crime in San Benito. Known locally as “El Sapo” (The Toad), he had evaded law enforcement by changing his style and facial hair and is rumored to have been hiding in San Antonio for a period of time following the release of a warrant for his arrest August 25. Barrera, a Laguna Madre native, was brought into Port Isabel Wednesday morning, captured by San Benito police for a Class C Theft and was arraigned. Sergeant Saul Sauceda credits a combination of patience and witnesses coming forward for the arrest.

“We put him in the database for a while it was just a waiting game, but witnesses came forward and saw him going in and identified him,” said Sgt. Sauceda. “We gathered more intel and more information. We were looking for him in Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, San Benito and with the help of the system and we finally got him. You can only go for so long before we get enough leads and find you and charge you if you’ve broken the law.”

Barrera is being held in the county jail facing multiple theft charges, and police suspect he may have a longer track record of similar crimes throughout South Texas. His bond has not yet been set.


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