SIERRA VISTA - Three illegal immigrants captured after a manhunt in southern Arizona earlier this month have been indicted on charges related to multiple home-invasion burglaries.
The three Mexican men face more than 40 felony counts each, including kidnapping, armed burglary and theft, Cochise County Attorney Ed Rheinheimer said.
The men are accused of breaking into a guest house behind a rural home near the southern Arizona town of Pearce on Dec. 5. A 58-year-old woman who went to investigate noises surprised the men and they allegedly tied her up before fleeing. They were captured the following day.
The men told sheriff’s deputies they were hungry and thirsty and broke into houses to get food, water and clothes, Cochise County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas said. They also told deputies they were trying to return to Mexico.
The men are being held under an Arizona law that denies bail to illegal immigrants accused of serious crimes.
The men were originally suspected of only one burglary, but now are charged in “multiple instances of break-ins,” Rheinheimer said.
“Between the three of them there are ... between 40 and 45 counts. ” Rheinheimer said.
They were identified as Alejandrino Lara Silva, 19, of Puebla, Natialio Valenzuela Valdez, 41, of Alamos, and Yercho Vedoch Arrayo, 18, of Las Manches.