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The case involving the July 28 hit-and-run death of 53-year-old Richard “Tiger” De Leon has taken a new turn, as officials have named a suspect.

A Wilson County grand jury indicted 23-year-old Rafael Alfaro III of Floresville, charging him with failure to stop and render aid after being involved in an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury. Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department said that evidence gathered in the joint investigation with his department and the Texas Rangers led authorities to determine that Alfaro was the driver of a Honda Civic that struck De Leon at 6:15 a.m. July 28 as he walked near the intersection of Trail and Second streets in Floresville.

A $75,000 bond has been set for Alfaro. Ortiz confirmed that Alfaro currently is in custody on unrelated charges.

Ortiz said earlier that two female motorists found De Leon’s battered body at the corner of A and Second streets, after he had been dragged four blocks -- a distance of approximately a quarter of a mile.

The indictment alleges that Alfaro knew he had struck De Leon and left the scene, even after knowing that his victim had been injured and was in need of medical attention.

According to the Texas Transportation Code, Alfaro’s alleged crime is a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Arraignments for those indicted Oct. 26 are set for Wednesday, Nov. 7.
 

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