Last Sunday, 34-year-old Jorge Alvarez ran a red light, drove his truck into full gear, and ran over a group of immigrants at a bus stop in Brownsville. Texas. Eight people died, most of them Venezuelans, and ten were injured.
According to videos circulating on social networks, the man tried to flee on foot, slightly unconscious, but people stopped him and handed him over to the police.
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on Monday Jorge Alvarez Formally charged Eight counts of manslaughter and ten counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
In addition, he was imposed $3.6 million bail.
After being arrested and taken to hospital, Alvarez He underwent a toxicology test. It was confirmed on Tuesday There were traces of marijuana, cocaine and benzodiazepines In the body, reported Telemundo.
One of the police hypotheses Alvarez He lost control of the vehicle after ignoring the red light. But did not rule out that the hit was deliberate.
Because of this The versions of the witnesses confirm that it was not a simple accident.
One of these witnesses told AFP Alvarez insulted the group before restarting his Range Rover truck..
“It was sudden. A lady drove up in a car and told us to get out of the way, and we got out. It happened within seconds. The killer came in the car and pointed at us and insulted us saying ‘Amma’ (Mama’s son), I don’t know, things I don’t understand. A 36-year-old man from Venezuela, Luis Herrera, who was at the scene, told AFP he suffered a hand injury.
“He gave all the volume (speed) to the car and it passed me sideways”, He pointed to his hand.
“I was a meter away and it went through my legs” told Telemundo News Another survivor. said The driver got out of the car and shouted obscenities saying they were invading America.
Background of Jorge Alvarez
Jorge Alvarez This is Mexican origin And there is Criminal record It includes many crimes for which he should be punished Four years in prisonOfficials pointed out.
After being imprisoned, Jorge Alvarez was released He has been booked for at least 14 offences.
The offenses charged against him include: Aggravated assault with a firearmAssault on disabled and elderly persons, Assault causing bodily harm, The leader of a criminal gangResisting Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Vehicle theftDrunk driving etc.
There was a mass attack ahead Center Osanam, a shelter for the homeless and migrants. People at the bus stand wanted to go to the centre Brownsville After spending the night in that hostel.
The center’s executive director, Victor Maldonado, said his company had not received threats before the crash, but after. “A couple came through the door and told the security guard that we were the reason this happened,” he told the AFP news agency.
For its part, Brownsville has become a center of immigration on America’s southern border, AP explained. In addition, the arrival of immigrants has increased many times these days, because on May 11 the application of Title 42 ends, the provision that regulated the entry of undocumented immigrants during the coronavirus pandemic.