Friday, November 28, 2014

Organized Crime: US - Texas Mexican Mafia Member Arrested and Charged in Connection with Three Murders

U.S. Attorney’s Office 
Western District of Texas

In San Antonio this morning, FBI agents arrested 36–year-old Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) member Ruben Reyes (aka “Menace”) in connection with the alleged murders of three high ranking TMM members announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

A federal criminal complaint filed today charges Reyes, a former TMM Lieutenant of Lieutenants, with one count of using or discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, specifically, violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR). According to the complaint, on January 13, 2014, Reyes shot and killed TMM “Captain” Mark Anthony Bernal (aka “Lefty”), TMM “General” Carlos Chapa (aka “Worm”), and TMM “Lieutenant of Lieutenants” Johnny Solis (aka “Smiley”) for their alleged mishandling of approximately $60,000 and making poor decisions in regards to the TMM daily operations. The complaint further alleges that Reyes transported and buried the bodies of Bernal, Chapa and Solis in Pearsall, TX.

Reyes, who remains in federal custody, faces between ten years and up to life in federal prison upon conviction. This complaint resulted from an investigation conducted by the FBI together with the San Antonio Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Bexar County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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