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Nacogdoches PD: 2 of 4 men involved in drive-by shooting arrested

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Miguel Barueta-Colin (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Miguel Barueta-Colin (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Edward Castellano (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Edward Castellano (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Antonio Peralta (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Antonio Peralta (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Nacogdoches law enforcement officials arrested two of four men believed to have been involved in a Feb. 10 drive-by shooting incident Friday. A third suspect was already in custody for another crime.

Miguel Angel Barrueta-Colin, 19, Antonio Peralta, 18, and Edward James Castellano, 21, all of Nacogdoches, are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Each man was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a second-degree felony. Bail has been set at $100,000 each for Barrueta-Colin and Castellano. No bond has been set for Peralta at this time.

According to the arrest affidavit, the Nacogdoches Police Department responded to a report of a drive-by shooting at a residence in the 300 block of Ritchie St. on Feb. 10. While the officers were en route, the dispatcher received a call from a witness that followed the suspect vehicle to the intersection of Old Lufkin Road and County Road 6101.

A search of the neighborhood resulted in NPD officers finding the suspect vehicle parked in the yard of a residence in the 300 block of County Road 6103, which turned out to be where Castellano lives. The affidavit stated that as officers approached the house, "numerous Hispanic males" fled the home on foot.

During interviews conducted during the subsequent investigation, NPD detectives learned that Castellano, Barrueta, Peralta, and another man that is still at large allegedly climbed into their vehicle with at least two loaded firearms. They then headed over to the residence in the 300 block of Ritchie Street "with intentions of retaliation for a previous incident that occurred earlier in the evening."

While at the Ritchie Street address, at least two of the defendants allegedly fired multiple rounds of ammunition from the handguns at the occupied home, "causing significant damages to both the residence and several vehicles on the property," the affidavit stated.

On Feb. 3, Castellano and three other men turned themselves in to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office. They were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in connection to a burglary that occurred at a house in the 200 block of Perry Drive on or before Jan. 30.

Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, could not be contacted in regard to whether or not the two incidents are related.

A number of rifles and shotguns were allegedly taken from the residence. Later, some of the firearms were recovered from a wooded area behind the Perry Drive home.

The other three suspects in that case are Cristian Camacho, 19, and Luis Greardo Maldonado, 17. Maldonado was also charged with possession of a dangerous drug, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

Cain said that during the burglary, one or more of the suspects entered the house through an unlocked window and took the firearms. Nothing else was taken from the residence, according to Cain.

The complainant reported the firearm theft on Jan. 30. One of the suspects, Maldonado, lives in the 400 block of Perry Drive, the same street where the burglary occurred.

After they turned themselves in, all three suspects were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. When they got there, jail deputies allegedly found a small amount of a narcotic called Tramadol hidden in Maldonado's sock.

Barrueta received two concurrent sentences of five years deferred probation and a fine of $2,500 on a previous charge of engaging in organized criminal activity in July 2012. He and four others were arrested in March 2012 for a drive-by shooting.

Nacogdoches law enforcement officials arrested two of four men believed to have been involved in a Feb. 10 drive-by shooting incident Friday. A third suspect was already in custody for another crime.

Miguel Angel Barrueta-Colin, 19, Antonio Peralta, 18, and Edward James Castellano, 21, all of Nacogdoches, are still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. Each man was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a second-degree felony. Bail has been set at $100,000 each for Barrueta-Colin and Castellano. No bond has been set for Peralta at this time.

According to the arrest affidavit, the Nacogdoches Police Department responded to a report of a drive-by shooting at a residence in the 300 block of Ritchie St. on Feb. 10. While the officers were en route, the dispatcher received a call from a witness that followed the suspect vehicle to the intersection of Old Lufkin Road and County Road 6101.

A search of the neighborhood resulted in NPD officers finding the suspect vehicle parked in the yard of a residence in the 300 block of County Road 6103, which turned out to be where Castellano lives. The affidavit stated that as officers approached the house, "numerous Hispanic males" fled the home on foot.

During interviews conducted during the subsequent investigation, NPD detectives learned that Castellano, Barrueta, Peralta, and another man that is still at large allegedly climbed into their vehicle with at least two loaded firearms. They then headed over to the residence in the 300 block of Ritchie Street "with intentions of retaliation for a previous incident that occurred earlier in the evening."

While at the Ritchie Street address, at least two of the defendants allegedly fired multiple rounds of ammunition from the handguns at the occupied home, "causing significant damages to both the residence and several vehicles on the property," the affidavit stated.

On Feb. 3, Castellano and three other men turned themselves in to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office. They were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in connection to a burglary that occurred at a house in the 200 block of Perry Drive on or before Jan. 30.

Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, could not be contacted in regard to whether or not the two incidents are related.

A number of rifles and shotguns were allegedly taken from the residence. Later, some of the firearms were recovered from a wooded area behind the Perry Drive home.

The other three suspects in that case are Cristian Camacho, 19, and Luis Greardo Maldonado, 17. Maldonado was also charged with possession of a dangerous drug, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

Cain said that during the burglary, one or more of the suspects entered the house through an unlocked window and took the firearms. Nothing else was taken from the residence, according to Cain.

The complainant reported the firearm theft on Jan. 30. One of the suspects, Maldonado, lives in the 400 block of Perry Drive, the same street where the burglary occurred.

After they turned themselves in, all three suspects were transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. When they got there, jail deputies allegedly found a small amount of a narcotic called Tramadol hidden in Maldonado's sock.

This not Barrueta's first run-in with the law either. He was sentenced to two concurrent terms of five years of probation for a pair of previous engaging in organized criminal activity in July 2012. He was also ordered to pay $2,500.

He and four other men were arrested in March 2012 for their involvement in another drive-by shooting incident. According to the report, the Sheriff's Office received a call of a drive-by shooting. Witnesses told deputies that a vehicle, believed to have occupied the offenders, fled the scene. The vehicle was matched to a traffic stop a little while later on CR 2863 and the loop.

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