Nacogdoches police release ID of card skimmer suspect in custody

Nacogdoches police release ID of card skimmer suspect in custody
Aniel Dominguez Ballester

Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department are still investigating an incident in which two men were caught in the act of trying to install a card skimming device on a gas pump at a convenience store Tuesday.

One man was arrested, and another suspect fled into a nearby wooded area.

Aniel J. Dominguez Ballester, 25, of Houston, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony unlawful interdiction, use, or discovery of wire, oral, or electronic communication charge, a state-jail unlawful use of a criminal instrument charge., and a Class A misdemeanor charge.

No bond amounts have been set for Ballester's charges yet.

Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said that NPD officers found two suspects where were attempting to install a card skimming device at the Valero convenience store located in the 3000 block of Durst Street.

At the scene, the officers recovered computers and electronic equipment used for tampering with consumer information, Sowell said.

"While at the scene, one of the suspects fled officers on foot," Sowell said. "After a lengthy foot pursuit, the suspect disappeared into a wooded area. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male."

Sowell added that the police department has a tentative ID of the suspect who fled the scene.

Ballester was originally charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument and resisting arrest. Sowell said that the unlawful interception or disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic information charge was added later, based on evidence discovered in the investigation.

"The investigation is continuing this morning," Sowell said.

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