Second suspect in shooting arrested


Miguel Tapia mug

Miguel Tapia was recently arrested in connection with a shooting in San Benito. (Cameron County Jail Division)

The second suspect allegedly connected to a shooting that occurred in San Benito on Friday, Nov. 12 has been arrested, police confirmed Friday.

Detective Arturo Flores of the San Benito Police Department (SBPD) reported that 19-year-old Miguel Tapia was arrested at his place of residence Thursday at 9 a.m. Flores said Tapia lives near Ed Downs Elementary, thus prompting officers to alert the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District (SBCISD) Police Department of the situation. However, the detective said Tapia was arrested without incident as SBCISD authorities were on standby.

Tapia is accused of calling and harassing the family of the reported victims; according to Flores, the suspect instructed them that “they were going to finish the job.” For this, Tapia was apprehended and charged with harassment by phone, a class “A” misdemeanor. As of presstime, Tapia, who is also facing a marijuana possession charge, remained incarcerated at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito on $20,000 bond.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 21 edition of the San Benito News.

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