A jewelry store robbery over the weekend in a Texas border town mall sent shoppers into a panic, afraid they were caught in the middle of a mass shooting. After the suspects were apprehended, authorities learned exactly who was behind the melee.
The robbery took place at the La Plaza Mall on Saturday in the south Texas border town of McAllen. Seven men tried to rob one of the jewelry stores inside, smashing glass cases in an attempt to grab merchandise.
The sound of the breaking glass was mistaken for gunfire, sending shoppers running and ducking for cover. The mall was locked down as authorities moved in. Even national media broke in with live coverage briefly, thinking another mass casualty shooting was taking place.
Mall security, however, responded quickly and apprehended the suspects. Once the truth came out about the incident, media interest in the crime faded, especially when it was learned who the suspects were, and where they were from.
Only Fox News would report that all seven suspects were illegal immigrants from Mexico who reportedly entered the country specifically to rob the store. It is not known how or when they entered the country.
Surveillance video of the robbery has leaked online.
Video of the robbery in McAllen, TX ( not my video ) pic.twitter.com/FXPLpAnqlY
— Nalini Marie 🌺 (@nalini_marie28) July 28, 2018
Cell phone video showed the terror that broke out as the robbery took place.
— Alejandro Acosta (@alexmaster101) July 28, 2018
Fox News reports.
Seven suspects who were arrested in connection with an attempted robbery at a jewelry store in Texas over the weekend have been identified as Mexican nationals that were in the U.S. illegally.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not determined when the suspects arrived and how long they’ve been here, Fox News has learned, but that is something that they’ll work to determine moving forward.
Once the suspects complete their sentences, they will be turned over to CBP so they can process their immigration and criminal histories accordingly.
The men were arraigned in court on Monday afternoon after they allegedly tried to rob the store at the La Plaza Mall in McAllen on Saturday. Mallgoers initially misconstrued their breaking the glass cases as gunfire, sparking a panic throughout the building.
This tweet shows the suspects being apprehended.
Photo of the active shooters in McAllen mall have been caught! Stay safe!!! pic.twitter.com/BHpy2SfYPn
— Vali (@vali04solis) July 28, 2018
Zepeda Abner Posos, 24; Alberto Rafael Barrera, 32; Brayan Oliver Melchor, 23; and Javier Leobardo Olvera-Ramirez, 22, were each charged with aggravated robbery and received a $200,000 bond, according to KRGV.
Jorge Angel Rodriguez Mejia, 28; Miguel Quintanilla-Cardenas, 26; and Raul Alberto Rangel-Rivera, 43, were also charged.
The men, five of whom reportedly gave police fake names, each face an extra charge with another $10,000 bond.
Here is video from Fox News.
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