EPPD arrests man for alleged cell phone theft


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) announced the arrest of a man for the alleged theft of several cell phones.

According to EPPD officials, on Saturday January 8, officers arrested 27-year-old Hector Alfredo Maldonado Escobar.

Police allege Escobar contacted people selling phones through social media, such as Facebook Market Place. Escobar would then agree to meet with the seller.

After Escobar and the victim agree on a price, Escobar would show the victim that the money was sent through the Cash app. The suspect would then leave with the victim’s phone, and the victims would later discover that the transaction never went through.

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According to police, the most recent robbery was on Dec. 23, 2021, where he met the victim in a parking lot at 10705 Gateway West in the Pebble Hills area. Two other robberies took place at 1239 North Zaragoza in El Paso Mission Valley, one on October 11, 2021 and another on October 25, 2021.

Members of the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center Tactical Unit arrested Escobar. He was charged with two counts of theft of $100 or more but under $750, a Class B misdemeanor, and posted $5,000 bond on each count by Judge Hamilton.

Additionally, he was charged with theft of $750 or more but less than $2,500, a class A
Misdemeanor, and was granted $3,000 bail by Judge Priddy.

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