Police arrest Lufkin man in connection to November shooting

Aron Padierna mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Aron Padierna mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a man in connection to shootings on Montrose Street in November.

Aron Padierna, 18, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

According to the police report, officers followed a car to Lufkin Memorial Hospital at 10 p.m. on Nov. 29 to respond to a call of a man being shot. The man was in the car to be treated for the gunshot wound.

The report states two men were shot. Lt. David Young said a warrant was served to Padierna on Thursday and one more would be served to a different adult and a juvenile.

Young said the charge is upgraded from aggravated assault because two or more people planned the shootings.

The victims in the shootings were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Padierna was arrested in August in connection to an assault on Ruben Rodriguez. According to a previous report, Rodriguez was taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital to be treated for serious head injuries. An arrest affidavit alleges Padierna got involved in a fight with Rodriguez after Rodriguez tried to assault Padierna and his brother.

According to the affidavit, Padierna said, "They got up I told my brother to go inside of the house...he swung at me I picked him up by his stomach and slammed him on the pavement and my brother was coming back. He got up and was coming after my brother. The last time, I picked him up again, I did that to him, and a couple of other hits on him. I started stomping him...I hit him a couple of times with my leg and I stomped him I think a couple of times on the head and then with my right foot. I then saw a lot of blood on him."

Rodriguez was placed on a ventilator and was in a coma with brain damage. An update on his condition is not available.

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