Texas man’s alleged Christmas crime spree includes attempted capital murder charge

A man is in custody following a spate of Christmas crimes in South Texas, police say.

Ingleside Police received a 911 call just before 10 p.m. Saturday from a man shouting that he was going to kill someone. When officers responded to where the call was coming from, they heard a man screaming before being ambushed by gunfire, according to a press release.

As officers attempted to protect himself from the gunfire, the suspect left the residence, hit a neighbor in the head with a gun while threatening to shoot him, and then stole a vehicle.

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Surrounding agencies have been notified of the incident. Shortly after, the stolen vehicle was found at a restaurant in nearby Portland. Investigators determined that the suspect had stolen another vehicle at gunpoint. The second vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of a nearby retail store.

Portland Police informed Ingleside officers that the suspect entered a 24-hour emergency room, where he barricaded himself inside with staff.

Portland Police Department officers took the suspect into custody and a weapon was discovered. He has been identified as 29-year-old Jorge Puente.

On Christmas Day, Jorge Puente, a suspect in a crime spree in South Texas.
(Ingleside Police Department)

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Ingleside Police are still actively investigating what happened in their jurisdiction. Authorities first obtained a warrant for aggravated assault on a public servant and robbery. These two counts were added to the list of other counts facing Puente, including: four counts of robbery, seven counts of unlawful restraint exposed to serious injury, aggravated assault with a lethal weapon , unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, escape from an arrest vehicle, illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

“There will likely be more charges added for Mr. Puente, and we will work closely with the district attorney to move on to attempted capital murder,” the statement read from Ingleside PD.

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Online records with a link provided by the San Particio County Sheriff’s Office show that Puente is still in custody at the San Patricio County Jail.