by Moses Leos III
According to a probable cause affidavit, suspects involved in a Kyle robbery used Facebook to lure two victims to a house on Post Road Circle where one of them was robbed on Sept. 21.
The affidavit, obtained by Kyle Police in the arrest of Kenneth Anthony Alvarez, 23, of Kyle, was signed by Hays County Pct. No. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith. Alvarez has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity.
On Saturday, Kyle Police identified four others, 19-year-old Johnathan Arrellano-Castillo, 18-year-old Jacob Sol Lambert, and 17-year-olds John Paul Arrellano-Castillo and Angel Marie Quihuiz, who are wanted in connection with the crime.
According to the affidavit, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call in the area of 1500 north Burleson street at approximately 2 a.m on Sept. 21.
The person who called Kyle Police said he was stopped by a man who said he had been robbed by “several male subjects.” According to the affidavit, the victim, a 20-year-old man, said the subjects struck him in the head and took his property.
Dispatch then notified officers that a second victim reported several male subjects, who were wearing bandanas, pointed a gun at him and attempted to rob him.
The second victim, a 20-year-old male, informed police that the suspects left in a white passenger car that was heading toward Rodriguez Road. The victim added that several of the suspects were armed with pistols.
A Kyle Police officer later observed three men walking down the street at the intersection of Bellair and North Burleson Street. Three Kyle Police officers made contact with the men and identified them as John Paul and Johnanthan Arrellano-Castillo and Lambert.
The affidavit said both victims informed police that Quihuiz sent a Facebook message asking both if they wanted to hang out or “chill.”
Both agreed, with Quihuiz asking each man to pick her up at 146 Post Road Circle.
But upon arriving and entering the apartment, both men told police that five men approached them.
The first victim said the men threw him down, and while at gun point, made him disrobe. According to the victim, the men stole his iPhone 6, $70 and a gray and black Chicago Bulls snap back cap. The victim said he was allowed to leave after his items were stolen.
The second victim entered the apartment but managed to escape the five men. He said the men attempted to get into his car and rob him, but he “did not let them.”
Investigators talked with the mother of the Arrellano-Castillo siblings on Sept. 21. She told police they were evicted from 146 Post Road, but that both men stayed at the apartment that evening. She added that Quihuiz was in town and at the apartment.
During the investigation process, both victims were able to identify some of the suspects who were involved in the robbery. That was done after one of the victims emailed photos from Quihuiz’ Facebook page that showed several of the suspects.
Investigators then found out through Facebook that Alvarez was starting a new job at the Burger King in Kyle. They visited him and observed him to be wearing the hat that was stolen from one of the victims.
In a voluntary interview conducted on Sept. 24, Alvarez said the four other suspects and himself were at 146 Post Road Circle and did rob the two men at gunpoint.
The Arrellano-Castillo siblings and Lambert denied having any knowledge of the crime when investigators contacted them. Quihuiz told police she was at the apartment, but that she left at 2 a.m.
According to the affidavit, police believe three of the five suspects are part of a street gang known as Family over Everything.