A second man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in a shooting incident that took place just five hours before the North Waco slaying of two cousins last week.
Tony Olivarez, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, after he and Todric McDonald, 27, allegedly shot at a 31-year-old victim in a home in the 2300 block of Morrow Avenue, said Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
Olivarez was arrested by a U.S. Marshals Service task force in a home in the 3300 block of Ferndale Drive and taken to McLennan County Jail, Swanton said.
McDonald also faces aggravated assault charges from the incident, as well as eight other charges, most connected to the May 13 shooting deaths of cousins Justin Javier Gonzalez, 24, and Ulysses Gonzalez, 30, at the Pecan Tree Apartments. Each suffered multiple gunshot wounds at about 4 a.m. that morning, police said.
Just hours before and a few blocks away, Swanton said, McDonald and Olivarez knocked on the aggravated assault victim’s door.
Police believe the victim knew at least one of the men, and he invited them inside at about 11 p.m.
Swanton said an altercation ensued, and McDonald and Olivarez fired numerous shots with handguns at the victim. The man ran toward the back of the home and escaped unharmed. Swanton added that the gunshots damaged the inside of the victim’s home.
McDonald and Olivarez allegedly fled in a vehicle.
Swanton has declined to discuss the nature of the altercation or say if police think there is any connection between the aggravated assault and the targeted double homicide the following morning. He also would not say if police suspect Olivarez was involved in the double homicide.
McDonald was also charged Monday in an armed robbery on May 10 in which he reportedly chased and shot at a victim before stealing the man’s car outside of Hap’s Icehouse at North 38th Street and Frederick Avenue.
As the man walked to his vehicle, McDonald allegedly pulled up in his own car at about 10 p.m. and called the victim over.
McDonald pulled out a handgun, and the man started running, police said.
The victim told police he heard McDonald yell at him to “drop his stuff.” The man kept running and hid. McDonald fired shots and chased him for a short time before turning around.
When the victim came out of his hiding place and returned to the parking lot minutes later, his 2001 GMC Yukon was gone.
McDonald has been in McLennan County Jail since 2 p.m. last Friday after a group of Waco police officers, McLennan County sheriff’s officers and a U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested him after a brief chase that ended at North 26th Street and Bosque Boulevard.
McDonald is now charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, evading arrest with a vehicle, theft by possession, endangering a child, assault family violence, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to stop and identify. His bonds total $131,000, according to jail records.
Olivarez remained jailed Thursday on a $500,000 bond.