Man arrested in 2008 attempted murder case

Sept. 30, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated Oct. 1, 2011 at 5:01 a.m.

Christopher Allen Rivera was arrested Thursday afternoon by a Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force on multiple warrants.

Rivera, 25, of Victoria, is one of three Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos gang members charged with attempting to kill Vincente Rosales, 33, of Yoakum on Nov. 19, 2008. Rosales was shot three times outside his girlfriend's apartment.

The shooting was related to a night-club stabbing five days earlier, Victoria District Attorney Steve Tyler said.

Rosales was employed as a bouncer at Mi Cosina Restaurant and Acapulco Night Club at 3107 S. Laurent St. Three members of the HPL gang were stabbed and cut during a fight at that club on Nov. 15, 2008.

Luz Hernandez, 34, of Houston, was hospitalized for injuries suffered in the fight. Calletano Hernandez, 31, of Houston, and Octavio Olivares, 31, of Victoria, had minor injuries.

Tyler said Rosales was targeted as a member of the Mexican Mafia in retaliation for that incident.

Rivera, Jose Celis, 21, and Hilario Figarova Jr., 28, were charged with shooting Rosales, Tyler said.

Celis, who faced aggravated assault charges in the shooting, fled Victoria. He was later found hiding in an HPL safe house in Laredo.

Celis pled guilty and received a life sentence for a charge of capital murder in March 2011 for the December 2009 shooting death of 26-year-old Victoria man Rocky Wayne Neisser II. He was also given 20 years for shooting Rosales.

Neisser's death was believed to be a gang hit, Tyler said.

In July, Crime Stoppers requested information that would lead to the arrest of Figirova, who is still at large with outstanding warrants on murder and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Rivera, the driver of the getaway car in Rosales' shooting, was arrested at an apartment in the 100 block of Regency Avenue.

His felony charges include surety bond violation engaging in organized criminal activity, surety bond violation aggravated assault, surety bond violation manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance and surety bond violation possession of a controlled substance.

Rivera remains in the Victoria County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond on an organized criminal activity charge and a $5,000 bond on an manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.

Rosales was one of six people charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in the May 25 attempted murder of Felix Baladez.

Tyler said this incident was gang-related.

Rosales was arrested on May 26 and remains in the Victoria County jail in lieu of a $70,000 bond.



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