Wharton County 

Grand Jury Indictments

September Deliberations

 

(Note: An indictment is not an indication of guilt, but rather a citizen jury’s verdict that a prosecutor has enough evidence against a person to proceed with felony charges.)

Those facing trial include:

 

• Jose Juan Marquez, 40, of 3358 Frick in Houston for possession of marijuana on March 25. He allegedly had more than 50 pounds of the drug.

• Luis Martinez, 39, of 9423 Lambright in Houston for identity theft on March 11. He allegedly had counterfeit credit cards.

• Alannah Lynae Mason, 21, of 26532 U.S. 59 in El Campo for two counts of possession of a controlled substance on May 26. She allegedly had more than 4 grams of Ecstasy and less than a gram of cocaine.

In a separate grand jury action, Mason faces a charge of robbery on June 19. In that case, she allegedly struck a man in the face while stealing from him.

The indictment notes that the crime took place during the declared disaster for the COVID-19 pandemic and requests enhanced punishment.

• Ralph Mcafee Jr., 37, of 24343 Plazza in Richmond for tampering with evidence on July 15. He allegedly dumped marijuana into a cup to impair a police investigation.

Mcafee has prior felony convictions for aggravated kidnapping on Feb. 22, 2002 and delivery of a controlled substance on May 14, 2009, both in Wharton County.

• Lawrence Esavel Melchor, 37, of 605 Rice in El Campo for family violence on July 11. He allegedly hit a woman in the face. Melchor has a history of family violence.

• Tre Anthony Munoz, 19, of 6722 FM 1161 West in Wharton for evading arrest with a vehicle on July 13.

In a separate action, the grand jury indicted Munoz for theft of a firearm and tampering with evidence on June 29. In that case, he allegedly hid a stolen firearm in the console of a vehicle to impair a police investigation.

The indictment notes that the crime took place during the declared disaster for the COVID-19 pandemic and requests enhanced punishment.

• Samantha Ray Nash, 29, of 6974 Elusice in San Antonio for possession of a controlled substance on July 1. She allegedly had less than a gram of cocaine.

• Ethan Jose Ortiz, 19, of 104 Ave. E in El Campo for theft on July 14. He allegedly stole cash, video games and more with the collective value exceeding $2,500.

• Domingo Ray Palacios, 27, of 509 Shropshire in El Campo for abandoning a child with the intent to return on May 21. He allegedly left a child in a rural area near the intersection of CR 312 and FM 441 while fleeing from police.

Palacios has prior felony convictions for two counts of burglary of a habitation on Nov. 20, 2012 and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon on Oct. 22, 2018, all in Wharton County.

The indictment notes that the crime took place during the declared disaster for the COVID-19 pandemic and requests enhanced punishment.

• Artemis Tyrone Randle, 42, of 1907 N. Winfrey in Dayton for home burglary on July 11, 2019.

• Braulio Reyes Jr., 35, of 111 W. Siesta in Pharr for money laundering $30,000 or more on May 26. He allegedly was in possession of cash from narcotics trafficking.

• Ronald Dean Richards, 29, of 1415 North Ave. in Channelview for engaging in organized criminal activity on May 6. He allegedly worked with others to steal a vehicle from an El Campo business.

• Jessie Marie Rodriguez, 22, of 1006 N. Deleon in Victoria for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and engaging in organized criminal activity on July 15. She allegedly had more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and worked with others to transport it.

• Jonathan Rodriguez, 24, of 502 Boulder in Garwood for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance on July 21. He allegedly had more than 4 grams of methamphetamines with the intent to sell and more than a gram of cocaine.

Rodriguez has a prior felony conviction for home burglary on July 14, 2017 in Colorado County.

• Severiano Pena Rodriguez Jr., 44, of 3304 Myatt in El Campo for invasive visual recording on July 17. He allegedly videoed a woman in a bathroom without permission.

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