After panic ensued Saturday when an attempted robbery at a Texas shopping mall was mistaken for an active shooter situation, all seven suspects have been identified as Mexican nationals who illegally crossed the United States border.
The attempted robbery took place at a jewelry store at the La Plaza Mall in McAllen. At the time, the sound of shattered glass was misidentified as gunfire, leading bystanders to report an active gunman, according to Fox News. Following the incident, all suspects were apprehended and taken into police custody with no shots ever fired.
UPDATE PER MCALLEN PD: An investigation into the attempted robbery at a jewelry store @LaPlazaMall is ongoing. Seven suspects are in custody. There were no injuries, and no shots were fired. Suspects are pending arraignment. The mall is open for business.
— City of McAllen, TX (@CityofMcAllen) July 28, 2018
All seven suspects were arraigned in court Monday and have been identified as Mexican nationals, reported Fox News. Five of the suspects allegedly provided the McAllen police with fake names. (RELATED: Democrats Slam ICE For ‘Morally Reprehensible’ Phone Call Policy)
Some of the suspects have been previously deported, but it is unconfirmed how many, according to CBS News’s David Begnaud. The suspects had reportedly paid $4,500 per person to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border and had been in McAllen for a few weeks prior to the robbery.
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