Man arrested after police standoff

HARLINGEN — Two men were arrested Thursday on warrants for burglary of a habitation — one after a standoff, authorities said.

Cameron County Sheriff’s investigators and patrol division deputies arrived at the 3900 block of Bourbon Street looking for Carlos Miranda, 19, and Ricardo Guajardo, 39, the Sheriff’s Department said.

“We had warrants for burglary of habitation for each one,” Sheriff’s Captain Javier Reyna said.

Law enforcement arrived a little after 11 a.m. Upon arrival investigators implemented surveillance around the area. Police Sgt. Larry Moore said the Harlingen Police Department attended to provide assistance.

“We noticed them outside the apartment complex and when they approached one of them he took off running, Carlos Miranda did, he was immediately caught,” Reyna said.

“The other also ran inside his apartment, Guajardo, he grabbed a rifle and pointed it to his head. That is when the officers backed off,” he said.

Reyna added one of the investigators is a hostage negotiator and began to negotiate with Guajardo. After an hour and a half of continuous negotiating for him to come out, Guajardo surrendered, Reyna said.

“His mom helped us also by talking to him and at the end he made a deal with us. He said if we would give him $40 for his commissary he would come out, so we scrunched up a little bit of money we had there and handed it and he came out peacefully after that,” he said.

Both men were taken into custody. The rifle was a 20 gauge shotgun that was loaded, authorities said.

“They are suspected of breaking into several homes in the Rio Hondo and Arroyo City area. There are probably more charges pending as more burglaries are being solved. That is where we are at right now,” Reyna said.

“Thank the Lord it was a peaceful resolution to this standoff we had earlier today,” he said.

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