Tuesday, June 24, 2014



Man, wife accused of bringing gun to argument with mechanic

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 6:14 pm


McALLEN — Federal agents arrested what they described as an irate customer and his wife after one pulled out a handgun on Friday on a mechanic that had spent three months fixing their car without results.

On Friday evening, McAllen police and agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested 48-year-old Jesus Eduardo Cantu and his wife 43-year-old Mayra Lopez at a mechanic's shop at 5810 South 23rd Street after an employee called police claiming two people had a gun in the shop, agents with HSI said in their criminal complaint.
On Monday morning, Cantu and Lopez went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged each with one count of immigration charges and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and ordered they be held without bond pending a detention hearing later this week

During questioning by authorities, Lopez told agents that three months prior her husband had brought to the shop a Ford Taurus and paid a $600 down payment for repairs that had not been completed, the agents noted in their complaint.

On Friday, Cantu had argued with the mechanics over the phone and then placed a .45 caliber handgun in Lopez's purse before driving over to the shop, and trying to speak with the mechanics so he could take his car, Lopez is quoted telling the agents in court records.

During questioning by agents, Cantu said he had taken the .45 caliber handgun to the shop but doesn't recall when he took it out of concealment before placing it back into his wife's purse.

The HSI agents noted in their complaint that both Cantu and Lopez had entered the country on tourist visas that had since expired meaning they couldn't possess a firearm.


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