Arevalo indicted in home invasion case
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted eight people this week, with five of those indictments sealed.Alfonso Arevalo, 31, of Sweetwater, was indicted for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit aggravated robbery, a first degree felony.Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda stated that at approximately 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, the Sweetwater Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the 1700 block of Pease. While en route to the location, officers received a call from Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital stating that an individual in the Emergency Room had been shot.Upon arrival at the hospital, officers made contact with the homeowner on Pease Street, and it was determined that he and his wife were the victims of home invasion.The victim stated that the suspect kicked open the back door to the residence — shattering the door frame — and began demanding cash from the homeowners. During the course of the demands, the suspect continuously threatened to kill one of the homeowners. The homeowner was able to produce a hand gun, as the suspect made multiple attempts to charge at the homeowners.According to police, the homeowner — fearing for his safety and the safety of his wife — fired a shot, striking the suspect's abdominal region. The suspect retreated from the residence and was transported to the hospital by another individual.The suspect received care at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and was then flown by Native Air to Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.The suspect was later identified as Arevalo. He faces anywhere from confinement for life or from five to 99 years and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000. His bond was set at $50,000.Arevalo was also indicted for credit card abuse, a state jail felony. On Sept. 16, 2012, Arevalo fraudulently used an Enterprise Fuel card without consent of the card holder. His bond was set at $5,000 for that charge.Also indicted this week was Isaiha Donel Alford for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a second degree felony. Alford possessed cocaine in the amount of four grams or more, but less than 20 grams on July 21, 2012. Alford's bond was set at $5,000.