NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has arrested one man and is looking for three more in connection to a man getting beaten with a gun.
Sheriff Thomas Kerss said the attack is related to intimidation tactics associated with an increase of gang activity in the Hispanic community in Nacogdoches County.
Kerss said a man reported being in his yard in the Briarforest Subdivision at 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a vehicle with four men pulled up. One of the men got out with what appeared to be an AK-47 and used it to hit the man in the head, Kerss said.
The suspect, later identified as Nelson Mavrieio Rodriguez, 18, of Nacogdoches, then got back into the car and the four drove off, Kerss said.
Kerss said the man was able to give a description of the vehicle, in addition to a partial license plate number. One deputy spotted the vehicle leaving a residence on West Hill Street.
The deputy stopped the vehicle, which by this time only had two people inside. The deputy arrested Rodriguez, but the other ran away, Kerss said.
Kerss said authorities have identified who the person was who ran away, and have a warrant for his arrest. They are also working to identify who the other two people in the vehicle were.
"We don't really know why he did it, except these gangs are doing this kind of thing to gain leverage to control and intimidate others," Kerss said.