Beeville man arrested on parole violation in Goliad County; family members charged with hiding him

Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:25 a.m.

A Beeville man and members of his family were arrested on a Goliad County ranch Oct. 17.

Raul Raymond Casarez, 30, was wanted on parole violation in an aggravated robbery case. The warrant was issued in 2008, according to a news release Tuesday from Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby.

His father, Higinio Garcia Casarez, 64, his mother, Adela Vargas Casarez, 62, and his girlfriend, Jo Anna Chapa, 37, all of Beeville, were charged with hiding him. His girlfriend's mother, Anna Medellin Mejia, 53, of Kenedy, was also charged with hiding him.

The arrests came after the sheriff's office was contacted by Matthew W. Koenig, an agent with the U.S. Marshall's Office, who said officers believed Casarez was hiding on a ranch in the 3000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2442, in northwest Goliad County, according to the news release.

Because the family was on a large ranch, extra officers were brought in to guard the exits. Helping were deputies from the Goliad County Sheriff's Office, United States Marshals' office in Victoria, Stevenson prison dog tracking team in Cuero and the Garza prison unit tracking canine program in Beeville.

In an unrelated arrest, officers served a Goliad County arrest warrant on Goldie Austin, 31, in the 200 block of Bego Street in Goliad. She was later arrested in Victoria County on a charge of violation of probation in a robbery case, according to the news release.

During a search of her home, officers found marijuana in the house. Roger Martinez, 30, and Ashley Rae Thomas, 33, who were at the house, were charged with possession of marijuana, according to the news release.



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