By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
A local man wanted on multiple charges stemming from incidents involving an aggravated robbery and family violence was apprehended by San Benito police officers on Friday.
According to a news release provided by Det. Rogelio Banda Jr. of the San Benito Police Department, 21-year-old Jose Luis Calles of San Benito was arrested at approximately 3:24 p.m. April 19 for aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation, first degree felony charges; aggravated assault (family violence), a second degree felony; and evading arrest on foot and possession of marijuana in a drug free zone, class A misdemeanors.
The aggravated robbery charge stems from an April 12 incident in which Calles is accused of walking into Matt’s Quick Stop, located on the 100 block of Combes Street in San Benito, and demanding cash while wielding a screwdriver. At the time, investigators described the suspect in the robbery as being a Hispanic male wearing a grey shirt, shorts and a blue bandana covering his face. According to police, the suspect managed to escape before officers arrived. “Police investigators,” the release read, “were able to link Jose Luis Calles to the robbery.”
Calles is also accused of aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation in a January 28 incident. At 9:14 a.m. that morning, Calles allegedly broke into a residence located on the 300 block of Centro Street and assaulted his 21-year-old girlfriend “with an unknown object.” Authorities further reported that the victim sustained injuries to her face and “lower extremities.”
On Friday, Calles was located after police were informed that he was traveling in a grey four-door vehicle in the vicinity of Stenger and Stookey Road. Calles, who was reportedly sitting in the vehicle while it was parked, fled on foot once officers approached.
“That’s why he ran, because he knew we were after him,” Banda said. “Detectives moved in on the vehicle at Stookey, and as soon as he saw the vehicles and detective he fled on foot and ran south on Stookey through Stenger.”
The suspect eventually surrendered, Banda added, noting further that police have spotted Calles in the past but the suspect ran once he saw officers approaching him. “We had to use some undercover detectives in order to catch him, and it proved successful,” Banda said.
Once arrested, a small amount of marijuana was allegedly found in Calles’ possession.
Calles is currently incarcerated at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito on $65,000 bond, which was set by Justice of the Peace Manuel Flores.