A juvenile accused of participating in the kidnapping and death of Brownsville resident Reyes Bocanegra will stand trial as an adult.
Melissa Zamora, spokeswoman for the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, confirmed that Jorge Alberto Castro, 15, will be tried as an adult in the case.
Castro appeared Thursday before Senior District Judge Menton Murray Jr., who presides over juvenile hearings, and Murray issued the ruling.
According to Cameron County jail records, Castro is charged with capital murder and five counts of aggravated robbery.
Bocanegra, 22, the owner of Mariscos Playa Azul on Military Highway 281, was abducted from the restaurant — which has closed since the incident — by a group of armed men and a juvenile just afternoon lunch time on July 18, according to authorities.
He was found dead about an hour later on Roberta Road, just north of Rancho Viejo. He had been shot in the head.
Also charged in Bocanegra’s kidnapping and death are Abraham Parra, 24, of Laredo; Serafin Lazaro Lugo, 37, of Edinburg; Oscar Cisneros, 30, of Sullivan City; Victor Ernesto Matamoros-Orellana, 31, of Donna; Jorge Alberto Aleman, 21, of Donna; and brothers Leonardo Vasquez, 28, of San Benito, and Carlos Enrique Vasquez, 33, of Mercedes.
They pleaded not guilty Nov. 15 to capital murder by terror threat/other felony and aggravated kidnapping.
Another suspect, Orlando Martinez Perez, hasn’t been arrested. Officials say Perez is a fugitive.
Brownsville police said Bocanegra was in a back room at the restaurant when armed men walked inside the eatery. They sat down briefly at a table, before getting up and ordering all the customers and workers inside the restaurant to the ground. The customers and workers were tied up.
A video from the restaurant showing the abduction appears to show five armed people entering the establishment and leaving soon after with Bocanegra at gunpoint.
According to a police narrative, witnesses of the kidnapping said the intruders threw Bocanegra to the floor, hit him with a stick and with their hands, kicked and stomped on him and bound his hands. He was then taken to the kitchen, forced out the back door and taken away in his Chevrolet Tahoe.
The vehicle was found about an hour later, 12 to 15 miles away. Bocanegra was inside with a single gunshot to the head.