Two arrested in aggravated robbery of elderly man for $4

Port Isabel-South Padre Press


Angel Gonzales


Juan Villarreal

Two Brownsville men have been charged with aggravated robbery after they allegedly beat a 74-year-old man who was fishing at the Jaime Zapata Boat ramp on Highway 48, said Sheriff Omar Lucio Monday.

The man, whose name was not released, was fishing at about midnight on July 21 when he was approached by the men, Lucio said. “There were two younger people out there, and one of them approached him,” Lucio said.

The sheriff identified the two men as 38-year-old Juan Villarreal and 33-year-old Angel Gonzales, both from Brownsville.

“The man punched him in the face and knocked him down. And the other guy came down and came down on him and held him down, and they started punching him and hitting him in the face and parts of the body.,” Lucio said. “They took his wallet from him,” he continued. The wallet contained $4 in cash.

Investigators were able to identify the two men and arrested them on July 23, Lucio said. “Anytime you strike somebody, you push them like that, and you steal from him or his person, that’s a robbery,” he said. “It’s aggravated because they did harm the old man.”

“They did beat him up, but he’s ok,” Lucio said.

Villarreal and Gonzales are currently being held at the Carrizales – Rucker Detention Center. Bond for each man was set at $150,000.

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