Mexican national charged with murder

Another murderous illegal alien causing death and anguish in our country. From

The Monitor

CORRECTION: This version of the story corrects errors resulting from the inclusion of a Roma homicide in a tally of Hidalgo County homicides. Roma is in Starr County. A slaying Saturday near the Donna Lakes brought Hidalgo County’s homicide tally for the year to at least 20.

ROMA — Texas Department of Public Safety officials didn’t know Jose Arturo Santa Cruz Cruz was a suspect in a recent slaying when they arrested him.

DPS took the Mexican national into custody Sunday on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon and then handed the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, said Roma police Capt. Francisco Garcia. It wasn’t until Monday morning that investigators in Roma were able to put the pieces together and identify Cruz as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred last week.

Cruz, 21, allegedly shot Lauro Gonzalez several times in the torso about 1 p.m. July 1 outside an abandoned lumberyard on Gladiator Avenue, Garcia said. Gonzalez was also a Mexican national; his reason for being in Roma last week is unknown.

Police are still investigating the incident and searching for a possible motive, Garcia said.

“We don’t know if it was drug- or gang-related,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”

Cruz was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Gonzalez’s slaying marks the first new homicide case Roma police have investigated this year.

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