August 5, 2014 12:14 PM
PHARR - A teacher's aide was given a $50,000 bond. Andrea Christina Sandoval was charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and student. A 17-year-old's parents filed a report with police in June. They claimed Sandoval had sex with their son at her home in Pharr. An arrest... more »
July 2, 2014 11:12 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Mexican government issued a statement saying it acknowledges the progress made on the case of a teenager who died after being shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while he stood on Mexican soil.
Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca was shot in June, 2010.
The... more »
June 23, 2014 12:57 PM
LA JOYA - A 17-year-old with a history of drug charges will go before a judge in La Joya today.
La Joya police said the Roma teen led officers on a chase Friday night that ended on 3 Mile Line and Tom Gill Road. When the chase ended, police... more »
June 18, 2014 4:52 PM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Border patrol agents say gang members are crossing our border illegally, turning themselves in and getting the green light into our country.
They are unaccompanied minors.
If they don't have a criminal record inside the U.S., then they are processed as any other juvenile.... more »
June 9, 2014 4:33 PM
MERCEDES - Police are asking the public for help to find a teen who escaped from custody.
Authorities said 17-year-old Miguel Robles fled while he was handcuffed. The Mercedes police chief said the teen was wanted in another city. An officer was getting the teen into a squad car... more »
June 2, 2014 5:18 PM
EDINBURG - Two teens accused in the armed robbery of a drive-through store were charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest with a vehicle.
The 16- and 15-year old are accused of robbing the Cowboy Drive-Thru on Alberta Road in Edinburg. One of the teens brandished a rifle during... more »
May 31, 2014 10:51 PM
MCALLEN - It was an example of technology at its finest.
A Rio Grande Valley father caught his little girl's graduation, even though he is in Afghanistan.
Kaitlin Hoppenstendt graduated Saturday.
Her father, Lt. Colonial Herman Hoppenstendt, is deployed in Afghanistan. He is in the Army.
... more »
May 22, 2014 1:25 PM
MISSION - Police are at Palmview High School, after a teen stabbed another teen in the arm. That's according La Joya ISD Police Chief Raul Gonzalez.
Both the suspect and victim are 16 years old. The victim's mother took him to a clinic for treatment. The stabbing happened around... more »
May 14, 2014 10:47 PM
WESLACO - Police say a 15-year-old was behind the wheel of a pickup truck when it struck a girl at B. Garza Middle School.
The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. Authorities said the 13-year-old girl was dragged several feet.
The girl suffered severe road... more »
April 1, 2014 9:25 PM
EDINBURG - A La Villa woman is behind bars after she lied to investigators about the whereabouts of two teenage runaways, authorities said.
Christina Garcia-Cervantes was charged with enticing a child and harboring a runaway. She was booked into the Hidalgo County jail Tuesday afternoon.
Isidares Garcia told... more »
March 31, 2014 1:03 PM
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The 18-year-old who drowned off the shores of South Padre Island was a junior at PSJA North High School.
A crisis counseling team is at the campus helping students and staff cope with the Pharr teen's death. A PSJA ISD spokeswoman said the counselors will... more »
March 26, 2014 4:18 PM
McALLEN - Four teenagers are in trouble with the law after they allegedly vandalized two schools during Spring Break.
Authorities charged three 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old with criminal mischief. The four are in juvenile detention.
McAllen Independent School District officials said the teens vandalized Rayburn Elementary and Morris... more »
March 21, 2014 8:13 PM
MONTE ALTO - Two mothers ventured into Mexico to look for their missing daughters. A day later, one of the women and her child are stuck in that country.
The girls were missing for two days. One of the mothers told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they had been kidnapped and... more »
March 20, 2014 1:50 PM
HARLINGEN - A Harlingen woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with DWI.
Police say inside her car was a 15-year-old passenger. Lynda Scoggins was traveling on the 2500 block of Dixieland Road, when she was stopped by police.
Harlingen police say she "emitted an odor of alcohol from... more »
February 17, 2014 4:22 PM
HARLINGEN - Police in Harlingen are searching for a possible child predator. A 15-year-old told officers a man approached him, as he was walking to school this morning. It happened on the 1900 block of Rio Hondo Road.
The man offered him a ride, made sexual advances toward the... more »
January 18, 2014 10:50 PM
MISSION - A Mission deacon is behind bars. Officer charged 41-year-old Ronaldo Mitchell Chavez with continuous sexual abuse of a child.
He stood before a judge Saturday after Mission police made the arrest.
Investigators say a 16-year-old claims he was sexually assaulted nine times over a two-year period... more »
December 4, 2013 4:17 PM
EDINBURG - Authorities arrested a teenager Monday after he led police and state troopers on a high-speed chase in western Hidalgo County.
The 16-year-old was charged with smuggling and evading arrest. The chase started in La Joya and ended in Mission, officials said.
The teen will be back... more »
November 19, 2013 8:54 PM
EDINBURG - A teenager implicated in a deadly chase last year north of La Joya will stand trial as an adult, officials said.
The 16-year-old waived his certification hearing Tuesday. He will be moved from the juvenile detention center to the county jail.
TxDPS troopers said the teen... more »
November 18, 2013 1:02 PM
PHARR - A teen accused of stealing a car with a baby inside was in court today. A judge reviewed the kidnapping and auto theft charges against the 16-year-old.
As the suspect is a juvenile, we can't release his name. Police said the teen took a vehicle from a... more »
October 31, 2013 1:15 PM
MISSION - A Mission teen is in the hospital. A Mission CISD spokesperson said the teen collapsed in the gym during basketball practice this morning.
Coaches and the campus nursing staff gave him medical attention while they waited for an ambulance. He was rushed to the hospital. School district... more »
October 29, 2013 8:44 PM
STARR COUNTY - State troopers said a teenager led them on a high-speed chase during a smuggling attempt Tuesday afternoon.
The chase ended with a crash at a store in Rio Grande City. Authorities said the 15-year-old refused to pull over for troopers in Sullivan City.
The pursuit... more »
October 11, 2013 3:41 PM
RAYMONDVILLE - A curfew check resulted in a teen facing drug charges in Raymondville.
Raymondville Police Sgt. Andres Maldonado said officers questioned the teen and searched his backpack. They found six ounces of marijuana, 0.3 grams of cocaine and Xanax pills, which were packaged for sale.
The teen's... more »
October 2, 2013 7:03 PM
LA FERIA - Police arrested a La Feria High School student who they say was trying to distribute marijuana-laced brownies among his peers.
The arrest happened Tuesday, police said. The 16-year-old had been selling the brownies since the beginning of the school year, officials said.
The teen is... more »
September 24, 2013 12:20 PM
HIDALGO - A teenager from Mexico will be charged with dropping a grenade near an international bridge.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS confirmed a 16-year-old dumped the grenade in a garbage can at a Whataburger in Hidalgo. That's near the international bridge.
Hidalgo's police chief said the pin was in... more »
September 1, 2013 11:06 PM
MISSION - A McAllen man is behind bars, after he was caught running into a Mission home, trying to hide from police.
Twenty-five-year old Juan Manuel Guzman is charged with criminal trespass, Sunday. His bond was set at $5,000.
Mission Police spokesperson Corporal Manny Casas says, Guzman was evading... more »
August 22, 2013 8:03 PM
SAN JUAN - A teenager charged in a burglary had just been released from detention hours before the crime, police said.
A judge on Tuesday sentenced the 14-year-old to one year probation on a burglary charge. The sentence happened just hours after the teen allegedly broke into a house.... more »
August 22, 2013 11:40 AM
SAN JUAN - Police said a 14-year-old burglarized a home hours before he was sentenced on a separate charge.
The teen was a suspect in a March burglary. He appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to the charge. He was sentenced to a year of probation.
According... more »
August 9, 2013 4:07 PM
EDINBURG - A 15-year-old implicated in deadly human smuggling operation will be in detention for at least two weeks before his next hearing.
The teen was arrested and released twice after the smuggling attempt. The teen was behind the wheel of a Ford F150 fleeing from authorities, officials said.... more »
August 8, 2013 7:24 PM
EDINBURG - A teenager implicated in deadly human smuggling operation is behind bars again.
The teen was arrested and released twice after the smuggling attempt. The teen was behind the wheel of a Ford F150 fleeing from authorities, officials said. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers fired on the... more »
June 15, 2013 8:48 AM
SAN BENITO - An 18-year-old man was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and evading arrest. According to police, they initially tried to stop Richard Martinez Friday for speeding, but he refused to stop. The teen eventually bailed out of a truck on Roberta Road and ran.
Police... more »
June 5, 2013 8:07 PM
HARLINGEN - Authorities say a 14-year-old from Combes is lucky to be alive after a failed attempt to board a moving train in Harlingen.
Police said the teen tried to jump onto the train but he slammed into one of the cars and fell to the ground.
Anna... more »
May 9, 2013 12:53 PM
EDINBURG - The driver accused of fatally hitting a Weslaco teen while drunk was in court today. Lucio Mario Rodriguez made a court appearance in connection to a separate case. He's facing a DWI charge dating back more than three years.
It was his first court appearance in the... more »
May 4, 2013 9:51 PM
WESLACO - DPS arrested 25-year-old Lucio Mario Rodriguez in connection to a deadly auto-pedestrian accident that left a teenager dead.
Rodriguez is charged with intoxication manslaughter. He was driving a white pick-up truck when he lost control and hit 17-year-old Maria Cecilia Lopez.
She was checking her mailbox north... more »
March 27, 2013 4:14 PM
EDINBURG - A judge has yet to decide if a 16-year-old will be certified to stand trial as an adult in the murder of nine illegal immigrants.
Prosecutors on Monday asked the judge to certify teen as an adult for his alleged role in the deaths.
The teenager... more »
March 26, 2013 4:09 PM
EDINBURG - A psychologist on Tuesday said a teen charged in the murder of nine illegal immigrants should remain in the juvenile justice system.
A judge will determine if the teen is certified to stand trial as an adult.
The teen is accused of driving a van full... more »
February 24, 2013 11:50 PM
SAN JUAN - A family is recovering after they stopped a burglary from happening inside their home.
Officers responded to a call early Sunday morning on 300 East Carroll Road in San Juan.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with the teen that stopped the burglary. He said his mother... more »
February 24, 2013 11:49 PM
SULLIVAN CITY - Investigators are working to find who gagged and tied a teen near her home.
The incident happened in a neighborhood north of Sullivan City Friday night. Investigators tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS the teen went to take out trash but she never returned. The teen's uncle later found... more »
January 29, 2013 1:01 PM
MCALLEN - Prosecutors are pursuing smuggling charges against a 15-year-old. The teen is accused of driving a truck full of illegal immigrants.
The teen faces nine counts of smuggling persons. He also faces one count of evading arrest and one count of theft.
The smuggling attempt happened in... more »
January 27, 2013 10:41 PM
Harlingen - A high school student goes missing after going shopping.
The teen is 17-year-old Daniella Diaz Arellano she went missing Saturday. Family members tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS she went shopping and never came home. Arellano's vehicle was found later at the Valle Vista Mall in Harlingen.
She is... more »
January 27, 2013 10:36 AM
MISSION - Authorities are waiting on autopsy results after finding a body in a canal.
The body was pulled out of the water last night near the intersection of 495 and Los Ebanos in mission. This is the same area where a 17-year-old disappeared last month. Aaron Juan Garcia was... more »
January 25, 2013 8:12 PM
EDINBURG - A teen who allegedly shot at a federal agent last year in Hargill did so willingly, prosecutors said Friday during a hearing.
The statement was heard in Judge Jesse Contreras court. He will determine if the 17-year-old will be tried as an adult.
Prosecutors said the... more »
December 20, 2012 8:29 AM
WESLACO - A teen is nursing a few scrapes and bruises after a close call with a school bus.
DPS spokesperson Johnny Hernandez said the 17-year-old ran out in front of a Weslaco ISD bus, just before 7 a.m. It happened on San Vicente Norte, just off Mile 6.... more »
November 17, 2012 9:29 AM
HARLINGEN - A 17-year-old is arrested after attacking a police officer.
According to Harlingen police, Jonathan Villasana punched the officer in the torso Thursday night at the Lazy RV Park.
Villasana is charged with resisting arrested and assault on a public servant.
His bond is set at $11,000.... more »
November 14, 2012 1:09 PM
EDINBURG - There are more trial delays for a teen charged with murder. The 15-year-old is accused of driving a van full of illegal immigrants last April. Nine people died when the van flipped over.
The teen's trial was scheduled to start today. Prosecutors were expected to argue that... more »
November 6, 2012 5:32 PM
EDINBURG - A teenager charged with murder in the death of nine illegal immigrants will be back in court next week.
A judge will decide if the 15-year-old will be tried as an adult. Police said he was driving a van full of illegal immigrants in April when it... more »
October 31, 2012 7:10 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - State officials confirmed a 14-year-old suspected human smuggler was arrested and released shortly after a chase that left two immigrants dead.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials said the teenager was behind the wheel of a truck loaded with illegal immigrants when he fled from troopers... more »
October 31, 2012 4:14 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A14-year-old driver is wanted in connection with a chase that left two illegal immigrants dead north of La Joya.
Officials said the boy was driving a truck loaded with illegal immigrants when Texas Department of Public Safety troopers opened fire from the air.
The 14-year-old... more »
October 18, 2012 4:28 PM
DONNA - A woman's split-second decision kept her purse and valuable information from being stolen Wednesday night.
Patricia Lopez said she was forced to fend off a teenager who tried to snatch her purse at the H-E-B parking lot in Donna.
"I don't know ... that's my reaction... more »
October 7, 2012 10:42 AM
DONNA - A teen injured in a rollover accident has died from his injuries.
The accident happened on Tuesday near the intersection of Victoria and Lott Roads.
According to DPS Spokesman Johnny Hernandez, two 15-year-olds were in the car when the driver lost control and landed upside down in... more »
October 7, 2012 10:33 AM
EDINBURG - A 17-year-old is dead following a drive-by shooting. One person is in custody and facing murder charges.
Edinburg Police tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS the shooting happened Friday night near the 300 block of 29th St. They say the teen was picking up a friend when shots were fired.... more »
October 2, 2012 10:41 PM
DONNA - A teenager is in critical condition after a car crashed into a canal in Donna.
The accident happened at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Victoria and Lott roads.
Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Johnny Hernandez said two 15-year-olds were in the car... more »
September 4, 2012 4:10 PM
HARLINGEN - Investigators combed several areas over the weekend in Harlingen in connection with the case of a missing teen.
Police said they were looking for the body of Abigail Estrada. She went missing in 2007 and police suspect foul play in her disappearance.
Investigators used cadaver dogs... more »
August 12, 2012 11:00 PM
MCALLEN - The body of Andres Frias was recovered from a canal near McAllen. He had vanished on August 2 after fishing with friends and deciding to go for a swim to cool off.
His family had been at the canal every day since he went missing. The family... more »
August 3, 2012 1:25 PM
HIDALGO - Crews continue the search for an 18-year-old who went missing while swimming with friends yesterday.
Relatives of Andres Frias told CHANNEL 5 NEWS said they're still holding on to hope that they'll be reunited with the 18-year-old. Fire crews at the scene are hoping to bring some... more »
August 3, 2012 12:54 PM
EDINBURG - Charges were dropped against a 16-year-old accused of putting her baby in a dumpster.
The teen was facing charges of perjury and injury to a corpse. Both are misdemeanors.
The state decided to drop those charges. Investigators haven't found a body and they don't have much... more »
July 14, 2012 9:34 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas jury has sentenced a 19-year-old man to 99 years in prison for infiltrating a high school Halloween costume party and robbing the partygoers at gunpoint. The Tarrant County jury deliberated about 1½ hours Friday before assessing the maximum punishment on Pedro Dominguez.... more »
June 13, 2012 12:11 PM
ALAMO - Deputies ended their investigation into an accidental shooting that left a teenager dead Monday.
Investigators say 17-year-old Israel Torres had been drinking with his father before pointing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. Officers said the teen had been playing with the pistol and... more »
June 8, 2012 12:43 PM
HARGILL - Quick thinking by two teenagers may have been the difference between life or death for nine illegal immigrants involved in a major crash last night.
The accident happened around 9 p.m. on Cemetery Road, just east of FM 493. Police say the teens saw the truck traveling... more »
May 17, 2012 12:57 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville teen hit by a city bus is out of the hospital and recovering at home. Police say the 15-year-old was hit, as he tried to run across the street behind Oliveira Middle School.
We're told he suffered only minor injuries but was taken to the... more »
May 4, 2012 6:45 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville teen fighting cancer returned after getting a special blessing from the pope. Pope Benedict XVI prayed for Armando Sanchez at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican two days ago.
The teen asked to visit the pope, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his dream. Sanchez left... more »
May 4, 2012 12:14 PM
EDINBURG - A judge refused to let a 14-year-old suspected gunman out of juvenile detention.
The 14-year-old is accused of shooting two teens at a bus stop in Little Mexico earlier this week. The victims are expected to be OK.
The 14-year-old and another suspect were arrested soon... more »
May 3, 2012 6:56 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A murder victim's mother finally speaks to the man convicted in the case. Mary Galvan has cried and suffered for two years. Her daughter, Tiffany, was described as a great singer with a bright future.
Javier De La Rosa confessed to taking her life. Mary Galvan faced... more »
May 3, 2012 5:20 PM
EDINBURG - A 15-year-old charged in the deaths of nine people will remain in juvenile detention. The teen's accused of driving a van full of illegal immigrants that flipped over in Palmview last month. Nine people died.
The defense asked the judge to put the suspected smuggler on house... more »
April 27, 2012 7:09 PM
HARLINGEN - A Brownsville teen is on his way to the Vatican to turn a wish into a reality. CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to Armando Sanchez, as he was only hours away from meeting the pope at the Vatican.
"I feel excited. I may not have another opportunity in... more »
April 19, 2012 7:53 PM
MISSION - Police said they're seeing minors using BB guns to commit crimes.
"We are finding out a lot of kids... They're carrying these guns," says Corporal Manuel Casas. He demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to be intimated by a BB gun.
Casas said toy guns... more »
April 19, 2012 12:00 AM
MERCEDES - Help is on the way for the families of two men who lost their lives in a deadly crash on Friday. Fifteen-year-old Samuel Fernandez III is raising money to help them cover funeral costs.
He's doing it, because he lost his father in a similar kind of... more »
April 18, 2012 11:59 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of threatening neighbors with a gun. Investigators say the teen had more than one weapon and drugs in the home. They tell us he was troubled and acting violently.
"He just lost his father a couple of days ago... more »
April 16, 2012 7:11 PM
PALMVIEW - The Palmview police chief hopes a 15-year-old facing murder charges will serve as a warning to other teens thinking about committing a crime.
The teen is accused of driving a van full of illegal immigrants. The van crashed and killed nine people.
Palmview Police Chief Chris... more »
April 5, 2012 12:59 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Police identified the bicyclist fatally killed in a traffic accident.
Investigators say 14-year-old Damian Ochoa, a ninth grade student at Lopez High School, was killed. Officers say the teen was riding his bike, when a big rig hit him. It happened around 11 a.m. Saturday.
Ochoa... more »
March 28, 2012 5:45 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville teen is held in a Cameron County detention center this afternoon following a bust yesterday.
Authorities say the 16-year-old boy was found with 770 pounds of marijuana. He was taken into custody after a chase involving Border Patrol agents and police.
He's facing state... more »
March 20, 2012 6:41 PM
There are reports police know who was behind the wheel in a fatal hit-and-run that took the life of a 15-year-old student. But as of yet, no charges have been filed.
Oscar Flores III was hit back on March 10. His parents said they rushed him to the hospital... more »
February 27, 2012 8:39 AM
MCALLEN - A McAllen man accused of murdering a veteran is heading back to court. It's the start of Michael Mancha's new trial.
He's accused in the 2008 beating death of Miguel Cahue. Authorities say a group of robbers that included Mancha killed the 76-year-old veteran in his McAllen... more »
February 6, 2012 11:23 PM
A teen's dream ends with heartbreak for his family. Jacinta Gomez says her son, Carlos Gomez, and his father tried to cross into the United States; they both had big dreams of leaving poverty behind.
Jacinta says she had her own journey, one that she didn't choose. She made her... more »
February 5, 2012 10:58 PM
PENITAS - Mission police have one person in custody following a chase. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Business 83 and Expressway 83 in Penitas Sunday night.
The chase began in the La Homa area. Police arrested a teenage suspect at the scene. A 4-year-old child was found... more »
January 25, 2012 5:37 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A standoff in Brownsville comes to an end with police managing to get an armed teen to put his weapon down peacefully.
There were a lot of concerned parents in the Southmost neighborhood. They were asking questions about who was involved in the stand-off that started just... more »
January 14, 2012 9:19 AM
MISSION- Police continue investigating a train accident involving a teen. Mission Police Sgt. Jody Tittle tells us the accident happened at Los Indios and Conway Friday afternoon.
Authorities tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS a teenager walked away from the crash without a scratch. When officers arrived on scene, the teen... more »
January 3, 2012 12:07 AM
BROWNSVILLE - A teen is recovering after being accidentally shot by his father. Police say it happened in a home on Pera Avenue Sunday night.
The father was showing his son a .40 caliber handgun when it went off. The teen suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say proper gun... more »
December 27, 2011 12:53 AM
MCALLEN - Drug cartels are recruiting children. A boy who spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS says it starts in school. "Brandon" tells us says it started with friends.
"They offered me drugs. They were, like, yeah, join here. Join this gang. We got you. We'll be there forever," he... more »
December 21, 2011 7:38 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Video shows a driver is running from police and into the safety of his parent's house. You can't tell by looking at the video how old the driver is. He is the kind of person the cartels are recruiting and running across the border.
The crime... more »
December 9, 2011 2:31 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville man accused of hitting a 13-year-old boy.
Juan Antonio Galvan is charged with assault and injury to a child. Police say the incident happened at a home on FM 511. Witnesses say he punched the 13-year-old boy in the face. The boy has a swollen... more »
December 2, 2011 2:58 PM
WESLACO - Alone, confused, dumped, a special needs teen left at a bus stop by Border Patrol could use some help getting home.
Police can only call him John Doe. He can't tell them who he is or where he came from. John Doe can't speak. Police aren't sure... more »
December 1, 2011 3:30 PM
WESLACO - Weslaco police are working to reunite a disabled man with his family.
Right now, they are baffled. They don't know who he is or how he turned up near a Valley international bridge. They have no idea where he's from.
The teen is deaf and mute... more »