The El Paso police SWAT team on Tuesday, May 16th, arrested a young man accused of shooting and wounding an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent outside an East Side taco restaurant over the weekend.
CIUDAD JUAREZ.- Brandon Jacob Perez, 17, allegedly shot Agent Matthew Ross, who was attempting to disarm Perez, who was wielding a pistol after getting into a fight with other customers early Saturday at Taqueria El Cometa on Viscount Boulevard next to Interstate 10, authorities said.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team arrested Perez on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an investigation by detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit, police officials said on Wednesday, May 17th.
Perez is a senior at Pebble Hills High School with no prior criminal record, court officials said at Thursday morning online teleconference bond hearing for Perez.
A jail log shows Perez, of far East El Paso, is incarcerated at the El Paso County Jail in Downtown.
At Thursday’s hearing, Magistrate Judge Ruben Nuñez reduced the bond amount from $150,000 to $100,000 (made up of a $50,000 cash or surety bond and $50,000 personal recognizance). The bond terms include no drugs; no alcohol; no firearms, weapons, or ammunition; and a daily curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., unless working or going to school.
Under Texas law, defendants 17 years and older are considered adults in the state criminal justice system.
With information from El Paso Times
Source: El Paso Times