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Three from El Paso, including a Fort Bliss soldier, arrested in ‘Pony Trail’ cartel hit

Press releases from the EPPD. The first is from last night, the second from this morning. For background, check this AP story and these NPT stories (NPT was first to report on police confirmation of drug biz ties to the killing):


Date/Time: 05-15-2009 @ 10:24 p.m.
Location: 1300 block of Pony Trail
Deceased: 37-year old Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana of the 1300 block of Pony Trail

EL PASO, TEXAS –Three men are in custody in relation to the murder on Pony Trail. Detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit (CAP) have, as part of the on-going investigation into Gonzalez-Galeana’s murder, spent most of today interviewing persons they believed had vital information. As a result of these interviews and other information gathered thus far in the investigation Detectives have taken three men into custody who will be charged in connection with Gonzalez-Galeana’s murder. This is developing information and no other details are being released at this time. Expect more information tomorrow. The investigation continues.


Date/Time: 05-15-09 @ 10:24 p.m.
Location: 1300 block of Pony Trail
Victim: 37-year old Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana of the 1300 block of Pony Trail
Arrested #1: 30-year old Ruben Rodriguez Dorado of the 3400 block of 3400 Billet Hill
Arrested #2: 17-year old Christopher Duran of the 3400 block of Baron
Arrested #3: 18-year old Michael Jackson Apodaca of the 7900 block of Viscount

EL PASO, TEXAS – Three men are arrested for the “Pony Trail” murder. Crimes Against Persons Detectives (CAP) arrested and charged 30-year old Ruben Rodriguez Dorado, 17-year old Christopher Duran and 18-year old Michael Jackson Apodaca (a U.S. Soldier assigned to Ft. Bliss) with one count of Capital Murder. Through their investigation Detectives learned Dorado planned and organized the murder of Gonzalez-Galeana’s to include the hiring of Duran and Apodaca to commit the murder. This investigation is on-going and more arrests are expected.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Why is there no mention of where the other crominals were employed?

    Sensationalism is a sign of financial difficutlies a newspaper is experiencing and unfortunately NPT bought into it.


    August 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

  2. Maybe because the other guys were drug dealers, and so they didn’t have a “job.”
    It seems to me that you are upset after railing about how ep city and county and mexico have corruption. I guess you didn’t expect to find it in the armed forces…

    That is the problem with painting with such a broad brush. Let this be a wake up call that corruption can exist anywhere. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater and understand that it is in the individual where corruption begins….

    Luis Ruiz

    August 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm

  3. There are bad apples evertwhere. Why would they have Military Police and Criminal Investigators in the Military ? They have another mission but they are also responsible for LAW enforcement.

    The point which you obviously missed and the EP Times FIANLLY gets it is you dont emphasize a race, ethic group or profession in an attempt to sell newspapers.

    Whether they had jobs or not, is irrevelant. A more appropriate headline would have stated “Suspects, Hitmen, etc NOT soldier caught when only one was soldier.

    I am concerned with crime and corruption in this town because I LIVE HERE and will do everything I can to improve or at least make sure it stays fresh in peoples’ minds, not swept under the rug.


    August 12, 2009 at 9:10 am

  4. Rey, when there is a reason to emphasize you do so. In this case, it is a startling fact that one of the alleged killers is a Fort Bliss soldier. We always pay a bit more attention when someone alleged to have engaged in criminal activity — in this case, a killing — is a cop or a soldier. Those are the folks who are supposed to keep us safe.



    August 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

  5. Sito, there is nothing startling about a soldier being involved in criminal activity. Soldiers are from our society, a reflection. Just I previously stated every fabric of society has it bad apples.

    Soldiers are not directly involved with enforcing the law and not public officials.

    Sito, you been around. You know we went thru the period when the media would emphasize race in the headlines, within the article as part of a description to help catch them, ok. But it serves no purpose when the suspect is already in custody and is seen in pictures or on TV. We saw him in uniform, so there was no need to emphasize that fact in the headlines.

    We dont always agree but I do enjoy some of your articles and another perspective. That was a good point made.


    August 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

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