The Cleveland Police Department’s CID- Criminal Investigations Division, along with several supporting law enforcement agencies have arrested three suspects involved with the July 17, 2019, fatal shooting in the HEB parking lot.
An arrest was made on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Police arrested a suspect in the Houston area; arrested was a Javier Lopez, age 17, of Cleveland, Tx. Lopez was transported back to the Cleveland Police Department and was taken before Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Bob Steely, his bond was set at $2,000,000.00.
On Monday morning, July 22, 2019, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to detain a 15-year-old suspect in connection with the fatal shooting.
A third suspect Eliud Barberena-Mota, age 17, of Cleveland, Texas who also goes by the nickname name: “Sleepy” was arrested on Monday evening, around 7:40 p.m. Investigators are convinced that “Sleepy” Barberena-Mota is the alleged “trigger man” in this case; his bond has been set at $2,000,000.00.
All suspects have been charged with Capital Murder and currently remain in custody.
Investigators believe the motive in the fatal shooting was “robbery”. The investigation is on-going. The Cleveland Police Department is asking anyone who may have further information in this case to contact the Department’s-CID division, Phone # (281) 592-1185, (281) 592-2622.
The Cleveland Police Department has worked closely with several other law enforcement agencies that have provided important information, and support that has helped to solve this case. Chief Darrel Broussard stated, “He would like to thank the Liberty County Sherriff’s Department, Houston Police Department’s Gang-TAG Division, Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, The Liberty County Attorney’s Office, ATF-Beaumont Violent Crimes Unit, and Cleveland ISD Police Department. Chief Broussard went on to say Cleveland PD Detectives and Officers have devoted many long hours in the last six days to bring closure to this case.