DEL RIO, Texas – Three southwest Texas men were arrested Jan. 19, for their role in a Capital Murder case resulting in the death of a 11-year-old child.
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assigned to the Del Rio office assisted the Del Rio Police Department (DRPD) during their search for the three suspects.
The shooting took place on Jan. 18, at a residence on San Juan Street in Del Rio, Texas.
DRPD criminal investigative unit received information regarding two suspects allegedly involved in the shooting. Officers and agents interviewed witnesses and persons of interest. Based on information provided DRPD applied for the arrests warrants of Aldo Esquivel, 18, and Victor Garcia, 17, both from Del Rio.
On Jan. 19, officers and agents located both suspects at a local residence who were immediately arrested without incident. During questioning, officers learned Esquivel and Garcia participated in the fatal shooting. Esquivel and Garcia also provided the name of a third person connected to the shooting. He was identified as Adolfo Tapia, 19, from Del Rio. An arrest warrant was issued for Adolfo Tapia, 19. Tapia was later arrested for knowing that Esquivel and Garcia were going to commit a felonious act.
The following agencies also assisted in the case: Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office Investigations, Texas Department to Public Safety, DEA, and U.S. Marshals.
The Val Verde District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.
HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.