BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Two of the suspects in the Porter High School incident were arraigned in court Wednesday morning.
Rodrigo Rivera Jr., 18, and Carlos A. Castellano, 17, went before Municipal Court Judge Rene De Coss handcuffed, shackled, and barefoot. The judge appeared on a monitor via Zoom.
At this morning’s arraignment, Rivera seemed confused at the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. Judge De Coss informed him that using a vehicle in the manner that he did was the same.
According to this morning’s arraignment, Castellano is eligible for a pre-trial release and was released on bond Wednesday afternoon. Rivera was transferred to the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito.
The charges and bonds for Rivera are:
- Aggravated Assault Against Public Servant (2 Counts): $75,000 each (Total $150,000)
- Aggravated Assault Against Security Officer (2 Counts): $75,000 each (Total $150,000)
- Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon: $75,000 Bond
- Possession of Controlled Substance PG 2-A < 2Oz Synthetic: $5,000
- Evading Arrest w/ Vehicle: $10,000
- Evading Arrest on Foot: $3,000
- Theft of Property: $5,000
- TOTAL BOND IS $398,000
The charges and bond totals for Castellano are:
- Theft Property: $5,000
- Possession of Controlled Substance PG3 <28G: $2,000
- TOTAL BOND IS $7,000
According to the Brownsville Independent School District, school officers responded to the high school to help as a vehicle attempted to flee recklessly while students and staff were present.
Authorities said the officer in fear for the safety of the staff and students, discharged his weapon at the vehicle, while it approached him.
BISD superintendent Rene Gutierrez said during a news conference the vehicle fled the scene. Gutierrez said police arrested Rivera, Castellano and a teen.
Officials stated that the suspects were in a vehicle that was stolen the previous night.