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Police blotter for April 2

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Family violence

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HARLINGEN — A Harlingen woman was arrested after she bit her husband, according to a police press release.

Officers were called about 8 p.m. on March 30 to a residence in the 1400 block of Rodriguez Street, where a 32-year-old man told them he had argued with his wife, identified as Jessica Avalos, 31, and she bit him when he tried to leave their home, police said. The victim had visible bite marks on both arms.

Avalos was arrested on a charge of assault-family violence, a Class A misdemeanor. Her bond was set at $1,000 at her arraignment.

Aggravated assault

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HARLINGEN — A Harlingen man was arrested after he threatened a neighbor, according to a police press release.

Officers were called at 6:50 p.m. on March 30 to a disturbance at a residence in the 3400 block of Lazy Palm Driver South, police said. The victim, a 50-year-old man, said a man, identified as Cesar Miguel Rodriguez, 18, pulled in front of his house, yelled obscenities at him and his son.

The victim told police that Rodriguez got out of the car, approached the victim, displayed a knife, threatening to kill him, and then left the area, police said.

Officer went to Rodriguez’s nearby house and arrested him on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. At arraignment, Rodriguez was given a $15,000 bond.

Felony DWI

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HARLINGEN — A Harlingen man was arrested after a report of a hit-and-run accident, according to a police press release.

Officers were called about 8:30 p.m. on March 30 to the 200 block of Taft Avenue, where they spoke with the driver of a Kia Sorrento, identified as Brandon Wade Rigelsky, 38, police said.

Rigelsky said he was driving east and crashed into another car that drove in front of him, police said. While speaking with him, the officer noticed Rigelsky showed signs of intoxication, including red, blood-shot eyes, slurred speech, unsteady balance and the odor of alcohol.

Rigelsky performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests, and was arrested.

A records check showed Rigelsky had previous convictions for DWI, and the charge was enhanced to a DWI-third-or more, a third-degree felony, police said. He was taken to a local hospital for a mandatory blood draw to determine his blood-alcohol level.

Rigelsky was arraigned with bond set at $7,500.

After further investigation, police determined there was no hit-and-run accident because both parties stopped near the collision scene. No charge were filed in connection with the accident, according to the report.

DWI

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HARLINGEN — A Brownsville man was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after he was stopped for a traffic violation, according to a police press release.

An officer stopped a green 1991 Ford Explorer about 5:15 p.m. on March 29 in the 1300 block of South M Street when he saw that it did not stop at the designated point at the M Street and Grant Avenue intersection, police said.

The officer spoke with the driver, identified as Charly Mercado, 28, who police said showed signs of intoxication, including blood-shot eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

He was taken to the police station and performed poorly on a sobriety test and given a breath test. Mercado was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, with bond set at $1,000 at arraignment.

Assault and criminal mischief

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HARLINGEN — A Harlingen man was arrested after he struck another man, according to a police press release.

Officers were called at 9:40 p.m. on March 29 to the 1500 block of N. Commerce Street, where the 54-year-old victim said she had been assaulted by a man she identified as Randall Lloyd Cole, 54, police said. The victim said Cole slapped her on the left side of her face.

Cole was charged with a Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury.

While in custody about 12:56 p.m. on March 30, Cole intentionally damaged a wall-mounted telephone in his cell, causing about $250 damage, and resulting in an additional Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.

At his arraignment, he was given a $2,500 bond on the assault charge and $500 on the criminal mischief charge.

Family violence

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HARLINGEN — A Mercedes man was arrested after an argument with his girlfriend in October, according to a police press release.

According to the release, an officer responded about 11:35 p.m. on Oct. 29, to the 600 block of South 5th Street, where a woman said her boyfriend Rodolfo Guerrero Perez, 38, covered her mouth and nose with his hand, preventing her from breathing, and then threatened to hurt her if she called police.

On March 25, police and U.S. Marshals arrested Perez in the 1000 block of South Loop 499.

He was arraigned on a third-degree felony charge of assault-family violence, with bond set at $30,000.