AUSTIN EDITION Teen charged with being part of riot

By Tim Ruzek

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.


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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