San Marcos Police Department officers arrested a suspect at the Copper Beech Townhomes Sunday night after responding to a call about a man with a shotgun.
Police apprehended and charged Miguel Alonzo-Garcia with aggravated assault and failure to identify himself. He was released Monday on $22,000 bail.
According to a statement sent to city officials by SMPD Assistant Chief Chase Stapp, police arrived at the complex shortly after 10 p.m. in response to a disturbance call. A witness reported seeing three men, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, approach an apartment, knock on the front door and call for a resident to step outside. The group of men dispersed by the time police arrived at the complex, leaving the shotgun in one of their vehicles, according to the statement.
After a 20-minute search throughout the apartment complex, Alonzo-Garcia and his weapon were in custody, according to the statement. Alonzo-Garcia was arrested while attempting to hide on a separate balcony belonging to Copper Beech residents unrelated to the investigation.
“(The residents) let him in their apartment, but I don’t think they knew who he was,” said SMPD Sgt. Erik Spriegel. “It sounds like he was just wanting to hang out on their balcony.”
Will Garrett, Copper Beech resident, said he was sitting on his friend’s balcony watching the police to see what was happening when Alonzo-Garcia asked him from below if he could come up and join Garrett.
“(Alonzo-Garcia) asked if he could come in to have a glass of water and watch the situation to find out what was going on,” Garrett said. “I had no idea that he’s who the cops were looking for. I thought he was just trying to figure out what was happening like everyone else.”
According to Garrett, a couple minutes after Alonzo-Garcia joined them, a police officer on the ground asked who was on the balcony and in the apartment. Police noticed Alonzo-Garcia met the description of the man with the shotgun involved in the disturbance call when the residents revealed they did not know the suspect.
Police entered the building from the front door and detained the suspect on the balcony after receiving permission from the apartment owner to head inside.
“I was sitting in my living room doing homework when my roommates let the police in,” said resident Roly Piloto. “They snuck through the apartment with their weapons drawn and went to the balcony and found their man.”
The suspect, unarmed at the time of the arrest, was detained without resistance, Piloto said.
“He seemed like he was just a bystander, but he came to our apartment trying to blend in,” Piloto said.