Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:24 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 6:48 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Investigators are trying to determine who left a box with explosives outside a home in north Brownsville.
The explosives went off after someone took the box into the house, officials said. The explosion happened at a home on the 3000 block of Resaca Vista Drive in north Brownsville.
Jesus Juarez, 26, Iviz Machado, 30, and their 5-year-old daughter Andrea Juarez were injured in the blast. Police said Juarez and Machado were taken to a San Antonio hospital and Andrea to one in Galveston.
Police said other family members were in the home when the explosion happened. Their refusal to cooperate with investigators has led authorities to believe the incident may be linked to cross-border criminal organizations
Police said the box contained multiple bombs, but only one exploded.
"The person or persons who are responsible for this ... who put this device together, knew what they were doing. They put together a pretty sophisticated device. It just didn't work out to their satisfaction," Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said.
Investigators said the package was delivered during the night.
"The explosion of the explosive device was very violent. Windows were blown out of the frames of the back door to the house and furniture was moved around. You can see shrapnel to the wall," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the child took the brunt of the blast.
"We understand she suffered very severe burns and injuries to her face," he said.
"It's an alarming incident. What is really is of major concern is what is the motive. Why was this family targeted," Rodriguez said.