Grand jury returns nine indictments against trio in home invasion

Staff Writer
Brownwood Bulletin

The May session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned a total of nine indictments against three young males in connection with a Jan. 30 home invasion in which a woman was beaten and her dog was stabbed.

Octavian Marshawn Carlton, 17; Manuel Santiago-Negron, 18: and Edwin Maldonado, 21, were each indicted on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary of a habitation with commission of a felony and animal cruelty, records in Brown County District Clerk Cheryl Jones’ office state.

Carlton was also indicted on an evidence tampering charge in an unrelated case, and Santiago-Negron was indicted on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, also in an unrelated case.

According to an earlier email from Brownwood police:

On Thursday, Jan. 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m., were dispatched to the 1600 block of Seventh Street on a robbery report.

A woman at the residence was bleeding from wounds to her head, which appeared to be caused by someone striking her head repeatedly with a blunt object. The victim’s dog was also bleeding from stab wounds to his left side.

Before being taken to the emergency room, the woman told police she was in her living room when three unknown males broke through her front door. The victim was struck repeatedly on her head as the males demanded money and jewelry.

The woman said she was struck repeatedly with what she believed to be a pistol, and the intruders threatened to kill her. The three roamed through the home searching for items to steal, the woman told police. After receiving nothing, the males continued their assault upon the victim before running from the residence.

Police gathered evidence that led to a residence in the 1700 block of Seventh, where it was believed the suspects lived. Officers identified the suspects and obtained warrants. Officers recovered a pistol and knife believed used in the crime, police said.

Police Chief Ed Kading said later the 70-year-old woman and her dog were recovering.