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Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010 12:00 am

SAN JUAN — A man accused of shooting at a San Juan house in a family feud was arraigned Saturday.

Edilberto Mireles, 30, of McAllen, was arrested Friday on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting outside a West 9th Street home that stemmed from an ongoing family dispute.

No one was injured when Mireles and another man allegedly opened fire at the house after inquiring whether someone was home just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said.

Police identified Mireles — who has drug-related convictions on his record — as a suspect in the shooting shortly afterward, Gonzalez said. Undercover officers were sent to conduct surveillance on Redwood Avenue at a McAllen apartment, where Mireles was spotted about 9 a.m. Friday.

As police moved to apprehend him, the 30-year-old fled in a four-wheel drive pickup, leading police on a 25-minute chase, the chief said. Officers chased him to Rooth Road and Monte Cristo Street where he turned to go into an orchard.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety fired shotguns at the pickup’s tires to disable the vehicle and end the chase.

Gonzalez said police wanted to apprehend Mireles outside the apartment because they believed he had weapons stored inside.

“This guy is a very violent individual,” the chief said. “We waited until the opportune time and we were able to arrest the guy without anybody getting hurt.”

Police are still searching for another man wanted in connection with Wednesday’s shooting.

The unidentified man accompanied Mireles to the house at 204 W. 9th St. on Wednesday where they allegedly asked the homeowner to speak to someone, police have said. The homeowner, a woman, told the men that the person they were looking for did not live there.

Mireles and the other man are accused of firing eight to 10 shots at the residence with several people inside.

Mireles, who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and evading arrest with a vehicle, was given a $575,000 bond by San Juan Municipal Judge Rick Perez Saturday morning.

Police are also looking for Mireles’ wife, Lucero Linda Belma. If charged, the woman will likely face two counts of terroristic threat and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Belma may be driving a blue Ford Focus or a maroon Ford pickup.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the San Juan Police Department at (956) 283-TIPS or their local police department.


Jared Janes covers Hidalgo County government, Edinburg and general assignments for The Monitor. He can be reached at (956) 683-4424.

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