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Two in custody as deputies probe robbery
Samantha Jean Cunningham, 24, of Seguin and 46-year-old Pedro “Gypsy” Silva of San Antonio each are being held in the Wilson County Jail on $100,000 bond, charged with aggravated robbery in connection with an Oct. 2 incident near the Guadalupe County line.
Investigator Roland Treviño of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said that Deputy Christopher Rocha responded to Short Horn Road after a 70-year-old man called 911 to report that he had managed to free himself after bound with a telephone cord by two people who stole his flat-screen television, debit card, and nine firearms from his home before leaving in his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The victim positively identified Cunningham, as the woman had worked previously cleaning his house.
During the incident, Silva allegedly held the victim at knifepoint and threatened to kill him if he told authorities, Treviño said.
Deputies worked with the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to locate the two suspects, who recently were arrested in Galveston.
Silva also is being held on a parole violation and Treviño said additional charges are pending against both suspects.
Deputies recovered the victim’s pickup truck, which was found abandoned on the west side of San Antonio. They have been unable to locate the other stolen items. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535 or Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636).
In an unrelated case, the second of a pair of suspects charged in connection with a Sept. 8 burglary on S.H. 119 outside Stockdale. Treviño said 35-year-old David earl Cannon turned himself in at the jail Oct. 8. He is charged with three counts of tampering or fabricating physical evidence, six counts of theft of a firearm, and one count of theft of property worth more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.
According to jail records, Cannon posted a total of $62,000 bond and was released the same day. His alleged accomplice, 56-year-old Randall Murel Hunter, was arrested Oct. 1. (See “Deputies arrest burglary suspect,” Oct. 9.)
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