CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A federal grand jury in Corpus
Christi has returned an indictment against two local men for multiple felonies,
including carjacking and weapons charges, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
The six-count indictment was returned today against
Carlos Moreno, 25, and Leonard Reyna, 24, both of Corpus Christi. They are
charged with robbery, carjacking, brandishing a firearm during a crime of
violence, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence each for being
previously convicted felons in possession of firearms.
Reyna was already in custody on the charges and is
expected to make his initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in the
near future. Moreno is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding
for his arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to
contact the U.S. Marshals service at 1-800-336-0102.
According to the allegations, on Aug. 26, 2018, the
Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) responded to an aggravated robbery at
the Corpus Christi Trade Center located in the 2800 block of South Padre Island
Drive. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a group of males had allegedly
approached a local jewelry store displaying handguns and demanded several items
of jewelry. The men then fled on foot out the back alley of the location,
according to the criminal complaint, originally filed on the case. At the
scene, officers allegedly recovered several rounds of 9mm and .45 caliber
ammunition and a set of keys belonging to a nearby vehicle.
Court documents further allege that as officers continued
to investigate, CCPD received another call, this time involving a shooting at
the Stripes convenience store located in the 6000 block of Ayers. When officers
responded to that location, they found a victim laying inside the store,
according to the charges. He claimed he had been parked in his vehicle when two
males approached and pointed a gun at him, demanding the keys to his truck. He
refused. The charges allege that one of the men then fired, striking the victim
in the left arm and stomach. The two males then allegedly fled the location.
Court records indicate that witnesses at the scene
provided a physical description of the males that matched the suspects at the
earlier Trade Center robbery.
If convicted of carjacking, both men face up to 25 years
in federal prison, while the robbery carries up to 20 years of imprisonment.
For being felons in possession of firearms, they could also receive a
10-year-maximum term of imprisonment. For brandishing and discharging a weapon
during a crime of violence, the punishment is seven and 10 years minimum,
respectively, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term
imposed. In addition, each charge carries a possible fine of up to $250,000.
CCPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is
prosecuting the case.