Charges made in burglary, arson
Dublin PD announced that felony arrest warrants have been issued to John Nelson Victoria in connection to a March 13 burglary at a rental property at 719 W. Elm Street.
“This was a joint effort between Dublin and the Stephenville Criminal Investigations Division,” Dublin Police Chief Bobby Mendez said at the City Council meeting Monday night. “[Stephenville CID] gave us probable cause and sealed the case up tight.”
Officers were called to the rental property at approximately 6:22 p.m. when the report was made, according to a Dublin PD news release.
Investigation revealed a vehicle on the property that had its tires slashed and its windows smashed. The back door of the residence had reportedly been kicked in and fires had been started in the kitchen and bedroom.
Dublin officers found evidence at the crime scene that led to the identification of Victoria. Following investigation and an interview with the suspect, officers seized the suspect’s tennis shoes and cellphone.
A search warrant for the cellphone was later obtained and a forensic examination of the phone was conducted with assistance from Stephenville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
According to the Dublin PD release, the search of the cellphone provided definitive evidence to support the issuance of felony arrest warrants for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony and arson.
Both charges are first degree felonies and carry a punishment range of 5 to 99 years.
Victoria is currently incarcerated in the Parmer County Jail for a felony probation violation that was also discovered during the course of this investigation. Victoria will be brought back to Erath County following his court proceedings in Parmer County.
If anyone has any information about this offense, they are encouraged to contact the Dublin Police Department at 445-3455.