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AUSTIN EDITION Four charged with rioting outside home

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Nearly a dozen people, some with bandanas covering their faces, allegedly stood outside a northwest Austin home with baseball bats, knives and pipes early Sunday.

They allegedly wanted to assault a 19-year-old man inside the home for calling and threatening a man in the group.

When a resident at the home told someone inside to call police, the group left in two vehicles. One of the vehicles was found a block away from the home about 30 minutes later, according to criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Mower District Court.

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Four Austin men now face felony riot charges.

Alfredo Vela Jr., 23, Edward Vela, 18, John Alfonso Perales Jr., 18, and Rudolfo Buentello, 23, each face felony counts of second-degree riot and aiding and abetting terroristic threats as well as aiding and abetting the possession of a dangerous weapon, a misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, Judge Donald E. Rysavy set conditional bail for each at $5,000, records show. They'll appear in court Dec. 8.

Two boys, ages 16 and 17, with the men at the time of their arrest, were cited for disorderly conduct.

According to the complaints, police were called about 2:10 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 1000 block of Seventh Street Northwest on a report of several men armed with various weapons. They fled before police arrived.

A 30-year-old woman told police she and several family members were watching television when she heard a noise outside and saw 10 to 12 people armed with pipes, knives and baseball bats. One man threatened to "blow away" the 19-year-old inside the home, the complaint stated.

The woman told police there have been ongoing problems with the Velas.

About 2:35 a.m., police were called back to the home on a report that one of the suspects' vehicles was parked a block west of the residence with its doors open and several people in the street pointing and gesturing at the home, according to the complaint.

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An officer saw Perales holding an aluminum baseball bat, the complaint says.

Police found a large knife that Buentello allegedly had displayed and thrown into nearby shrubs.

Several of the suspects told police the 19-year-old at the home threatened Alfredo Vela and that they went to the home to talk out the situation rather than fight, the complaint says.

Both groups threw rocks at each other when the suspects first went to the home, according to the complaint.

Police took a knife, bat and hammer as evidence from the scene.

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