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Tip to police from online seller results in arrest and seizure of guns and ammo

Published: May. 27, 2022 at 1:35 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A tip to police from a concerned citizen results in the arrest of a man and the seizure of several weapons and ammunition.

The Laredo Police Department arrested 37-year-old Javier Torres and charged him for making a terroristic threat.

The incident happened on May 25, when Torres purchased a firearm optic on social media.

During the in-person transaction, Torres allegedly told the seller that he was going “human hunting”.

Alarmed by what Torres had said, the seller immediately contacted authorities and an investigation was launched by the Laredo Police Crimes Against Persons Unit and the LPD Juvenile and Gang Enforcement Team.

After a thorough investigation, officers were able to identify Torres as the suspect.

The investigators presented the evidence of the case to the Webb County District Attorney’s Office. After reviewing the findings of the investigation an arrest warrant was issued for Javier Torres on charges of Terroristic Threats Felony-3.

Isidro Alaniz, District Attorney for Webb & Zapata County, says his office takes any threat to human life seriously.

“Anybody in Laredo, Webb County, Texas who makes any statement about hurting or harming or killing anybody with a firearm should prepare themselves to be arrested,” said Alaniz.

On May 26, Laredo Police investigators executed a search and arrest warrant at the home of Torres where he was arrested without incident.

Laredo Police searched the home and found several handguns, extended magazines, long rifles, a bullet proof vest with armor plates, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Laredo Police seize weapons and ammo
Laredo Police seize weapons and ammo(Laredo Police Department)

Investigator Joe Baeza with the Laredo Police Department say Torres lives roughly 1,000 feet away from Alma Pierce Elementary School.

“But, we want to be very clear in all our communications that (Torres) never made direct threats to either the campus, the faculty, or students,” said Baeza.

Due to the proximity of the school the L.I.S.D. Police Department was briefed on the investigation and will be included in all future updates on this case.

Laredo Police would like to thank the concerned citizen for taking the time to contact law enforcement about the concerning comment.

According to the Webb County Jail records, Torres has been released from prison.

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