January 31, 2012 7:54 PM
PHARR — Investigators are trying to determine if a man accused of throwing two Molotov cocktails at a home about a month ago is connected to two such attacks Saturday night.
A Pharr municipal judge charged Jesus Guerrero, 18, with two counts of arson Monday.
Arson investigators believe Guerrero was part of a group of four who threw two Molotov cocktails at a Pharr home Dec. 30, court records show.
Witnesses saw four people running from the undisclosed location.
One of them — it’s unclear who — has threatened the family before, the partially censored court documents state.
The family called fire investigators Dec. 31 after they found two glass beer bottles filled with a flammable liquid next to their front door and vehicle, a probable cause affidavit states.
The incendiary devices had been lit but did not go off, officials said. They either failed to operate or burned out.
Authorities did not report any injuries.
Arson investigators located Guerrero at an Edinburg residence Monday morning after two other attacks were reported at separate locations Saturday night.
Two homeowners living along Monica and Villa streets called Pharr police within minutes of each other shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, after a similar device was thrown at their properties, investigators said.
Police have yet to determine whether Guerrero is connected to the latest attacks, Pharr Fire Marshal Jacob Salinas said. He suggested one of the homes recently attacked was the same home at which Guerrero allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail Dec. 30.
Authorities refused to disclose specific addresses.
San Juan police helped arson investigators identify Guerrero through the use of Gangscope, their gang member database, which suggests Guerrero might be a documented gang member.
A judge set the 18-year-old’s bond at $500,000. He remained in custody Tuesday evening at the Hidalgo County Jail.[Text Via The Monitor]