One suspect arrested in death of high school soccer player

March 27, 2017 GMT

PHARR — Police here have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the March 13 home invasion that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old high school student.

Ambrosio Guadalupe Rodriguez, of Pharr, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of capital murder and one count of aggravated robbery, according to a news release. The aggravated robbery charge is unrelated to the March 13 incident, and involves a March 11 armed robbery of a residence in the 500 block of West Cardinal Street in Pharr. Police release no other details about the robbery, calling it an ongoing investigation.

Pharr Municipal Judge Rudy Martinez set Rodriguez’s bond at $1.5 million. He has been transported to the Hidalgo County jail, according to the news release.

The capital murder charge stems from an incident at about 9:30 p.m. March 13 at a residence in the 900 block of East Dreyer Street where three men reportedly stormed the small home demanding money and other valuables, according to police.

During the robbery one of the suspects fired at 16-year-old Gerardo “Jerry” Martinez and his 48-year-old uncle, who has not been named. The teen, a soccer player at McAllen Memorial High School, suffered a gunshot wound that struck his lungs. He died from the injuries a week later. The uncle, at last report, was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Video surveillance footage of the scene showed three men wearing masks, long-sleeved shirts and hats walking into the residence, only to come out moments later without anything in their hands before leaving the area — police believe the home invasion and subsequent shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity, or in this situation, a mistaken residence.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the suspects may call Pharr Crime Stoppers at (956) 787-8477.