2nd arrest made in El Paso for stabbing in SWAT case


The second suspect in a violent gang-related robbery linked to a SWAT standoff in central El Paso has been arrested in Chicago, police said.

A 20-year-old man was stabbed multiple times and a 21-year-old man was beaten when their Nike shoes, gold necklaces and mobile phones were stolen on the morning of September 10, court documents show.

The El Paso Police Department SWAT team arrested 22-year-old Andrew Elijah Moreno for aggravated robbery after a standoff later the same day at a home on Yandell Drive near Piedras Street in the Five Points neighborhood.

On September 16, the US Marshals Service arrested Samuel Rodriguez in Chicago on a warrant in connection with the armed robbery, an El Paso police spokesperson said. Rodriguez is imprisoned pending extradition to El Paso.

Moreno remains being held in the El Paso County Jail Annex on $250,000 bond for robbery and $120,000 bond for a 2017 domestic violence case.

Nike shoes, stolen cell phones

The men who were allegedly assaulted and the robbery suspects apparently know each other, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed by a police gang investigator.

On September 10, the victims had spent the night with friends at a house in the 2900 block of Yandell Drive, where the SWAT confrontation later took place, the affidavit states.

At around 5:30 a.m., the men asked Moreno and Rodriguez to drive them home, the affidavit states. Moreno was driving and Rodriguez was in the front passenger seat with the other two men in the backseat.

Andrew Elijah Moreno was arrested for aggravated robbery after a SWAT confrontation at Five Points on September 10.

During the ride, Rodriguez turned to the men and asked for money to buy cocaine. The men replied that they had no money and just wanted to be taken home, the affidavit states.

Rodriguez threatened that he knew they had money and “that they were going to give it up whether they wanted to or not,” the affidavit states.

The driver drove past the home of one of the victims and continued driving through the Grandview area until he stopped in an alley between Mobile and Sacramento avenues, the document said.

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Moreno and Rodriguez exited the vehicle and opened the rear doors. Rodriguez allegedly demanded money and threatened to “sting” the 20-year-old, the affidavit states.

When the man again replied that he had no money, Rodriguez allegedly began stabbing him repeatedly in the abdomen, inside of his leg, neck and on one hand near a thumb.

Moreno is accused of repeatedly punching the 21-year-old in the face, demanding money and dragging him out of the vehicle, the affidavit states.

“Give me your phone before you get stabbed too!” Moreno demanded, according to the victims’ accounts in the complaint.

The accused thieves also removed the men’s sneakers, according to the affidavit.

Moreno and Rodriguez allegedly stole a pair of Nike VaporMax shoes and a pair of Nike Air Force Ones, two gold necklaces, and an Android cell phone and an iPhone 11 Pro.

Police respond to a SWAT situation at a Yandell Drive home linked to a violent armed robbery in downtown El Paso on September 10.

The bloodied and injured victims managed to flee and an ambulance and police were quickly called, police said.

The stabbed man was taken to University Medical Center in El Paso, where he underwent surgery for injuries that police said were not life-threatening, the affidavit said.

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The second man had a broken lip and a large knot on his head but did not require hospitalization, police said.

Later that morning, El Paso Police Department gang investigators learned Moreno was at the Yandell Drive home. He refused to come out, which led to a five-hour standoff with the special weapons and tactics team. SWAT agents eventually entered the house and arrested Moreno.

Daniel Borunda can be reached at 915-546-6102; [email protected]; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.


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