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Hidalgo County: Valluco Gang Members Identified as Home Invaders

On April 30, 2011 at approximately 1:48a.m, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to shots fired and a man down at 5203 Nicole St., North of Edinburg. 

Deputies arrived to find Jovanny Torres/D.O.B 2-22-91 laying in the front yard shot multiple times.  Deputies also found Ken Llanes Torres /D.O.B 9-25-89 laying inside the house shot one time.  Jovanny and Ken are brothers and confirmed members of the Valluco Gang. Both brothers were deceased at the time the Deputies arrived. 

Residents of 5203 Nicole St, advised that both men kicked in the front door, armed with handguns and started to assault them. 

One of the home’s resident, grabbed a handgun kept at home for protection and shot both of the armed intruders. Other than a hand fracture, cuts and lacerations, the home residents were not seriously harmed. 

The home residents, fearing other armed men might be in the area, fled to a friend’s home in Alamo.  The home residents returned to the crime scene after 30 minutes, once deputies were at the scene. 

The gun used in the homicide and the guns used by the suspects were recovered. 

One of the guns used by the suspects was reported stolen to the San Juan Police Department. 

On 5-2-11, autopsies were performed by Hidalgo County Pathologist Dr. Farley.  Both subjects died of gunshot wounds and the manner of death ruled as a homicide. 

Sheriff Trevino states, “The evidence gathered at the crime scene, victim’s statements, witness statements and autopsy results indicate that the shooting and resulting death of the home invaders was justifiable. The residents were being attacked with a display of deadly force and they responded in kind.  Nonetheless, the completed investigations will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review by a grand jury.  I do not expect any criminal charges to be filed against any members of the victim’s family.  I am not going to identify the person that shot the home intruders due to their safety and well being, I do not want to set up the particular family member for retaliation attacks by the Valluco Gang. The Torres brothers had extensive serious criminal records.  Between them, they had 15 armed robberies, 3 aggravated assaults, 5 drug arrests, and 3 burglary arrests amongst others. 

The victims have no criminal records. Contrary to some media reports, there were no drugs seized at the crime scene. 

The investigation will continue to determine if there were other members in the home invasion team. Still to be determined is how did the home invaders get there and what was the motive for the home invasion. 

This is yet another example of how dangerous our criminal gangs are.  The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office will continue to place pressure on them until we are able to disrupt their activities and dismantle their criminal organizations”.

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