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What we know about the suspects in this week’s deadly San Antonio smuggling incident

Officials with the Mexican Consulate stated certainly one of the suspects is hospitalized as of Tuesday, and is a U.S. citizen.

SAN ANTONIO — One of the three suspects detained by San Antonio authorities responding to an deserted semitruck the place dozens of migrants had been discovered lifeless Monday night time is hospitalized at the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa facility on Westover Hills. 

Officials with the native Mexican Consulate added the suspect is a U.S. nationwide, confirmed that information whereas breaking down the variety of individuals transported to San Antonio hospitals. Sixteen had been taken to medical amenities, in response to each SAFD authorities and the consul common, and 5 of them have died from their accidents, which officers stated had been primarily heat-related. 

The Mexican Consulate stated 13 remained hospitalized at the time they spoke to native media Tuesday afternoon. It’s unclear what accounts for the discrepancy, but it surely’s attainable further migrants separate from the preliminary 16 had been hospitalized; SAPD Chief William McManus stated police would proceed to go looking the space round the semitruck this week for migrants who could have wandered away.  

The situation of the hospitalized suspect wasn’t given, nor have authorities offered info about any of the three individuals detained in what’s the deadliest smuggling occasion in U.S. historical past. On Monday night time, McManus stated it remained to be seen if any of the three suspects had been “absolutely connected” to the smuggling incident.  

Meanwhile, two Mexican males residing in the nation illegally had been taken into custody after police discovered the semitruck was registered to a house on Arnold Drive in north San Antonio, in response to arrest paperwork. Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao had been charged with being in possession of a firearm whereas in the nation illegally, expenses that would put them behind bars for as much as a decade. 

According to legal complaints filed on Tuesday, police discovered a number of weapons in the Arnold Drive residence whereas executing a search warrant. While being interviewed by Homeland Security, each males admitted to overstaying their U.S. visas. Neither, nonetheless, has been charged with smuggling, and it is unclear as of but if they’re a part of the trio of detained suspects talked about by McManus.

Homeland Security is main what’s now a federal investigation. 

In further to Christus Santa Rosa, the place three complete sufferers had been introduced, injured individuals had been additionally additionally transported to Methodist Metropolitan Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Texas Vista Medical and University Health Hospital. The youngest recognized affected person is a 16-year-old Guatemalan being handled at the Children’s Hospital. 

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