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AUSTIN EDITION Teen charged with being part of riot

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in juvenile court for allegedly gathering with others outside a northwest Austin home last month and threatening people inside.

The Austin boy is facing single felony counts of second-degree riot and aiding and abetting terroristic threats in Mower Juvenile Court, according to a delinquency petition.

The boy allegedly joined several adult men around 2:10 a.m. Nov. 20 outside of a home in the 1000 block of Seventh Street Northwest. The group, which included some wearing bandanas over their faces, allegedly brandished baseball bats, knives and pipes.

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Police were called to the home, but the suspects already had fled.

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

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.

They allegedly wanted to assault a 19-year-old man inside the home for threatening one of them on the phone.

The 16-year-old initially was cited only for disorderly conduct along with a 17-year-old boy at the scene.

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. A man threatened to "blow away" the 19-year-old inside, the complaint stated.

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

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