Three Brownsville men remained jailed in a Cameron County facility on charges of aggravated robbery.
Daniel Alejandro Puente, 19, Alfonso Flores-Zamudio, 18, and Marcos Antonio Maldonado, 21, are accused of using a handgun to rob a woman of her cellphone, said Investigator Martin Sandoval, spokesman for the Brownsville Police Department.
The trio was arrested at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday on one count of aggravated robbery and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Sandoval said the men took the female victim’s cell phone by force displaying a handgun while she was at the 200 block of West Los Ebanos. Two of the suspects got out of a dark colored vehicle and displayed and handgun, Sandoval said. They demanded she give them the keys to her car.
The woman told them she had to get her children out of her vehicle first, and this is when one of the men grabbed the cell phone from the woman and jumped back into their car, Sandoval said.
Brownsville police were alerted, and an officer located the vehicle at the 6100 block of E. 14th St. and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The men were detained, and the woman’s cell phone was found in their possession, Sandoval said.
The men were transported to Brownsville City Jail and while been booked into the facility, it was discovered than Maldonado and Puente had were wanted in a July 14 aggravated robbery that occurred at a Circle K Store located at the 3300 block of International Boulevard. The men allegedly walked up to a victim and demanded the victim hand over a gold chain and bracelet. They were armed with handgun, Sandoval said.
Puente and Maldonado were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity and their bonds totaled $300,000.
Flores-Zamudio was charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity. His bonds totaled $150,000.