Police: Gang activity led to Round Rock crime spree, Pflugerville murder

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) -- Evidence found at the scene of the 7-Eleven Robbery in Round Rock on May 10 led to the arrest of an 18-year-old believed to have murdered a man in a Pflugerville apartment complex's parking lot the same morning.

Pflugerville police have connected Robert Joseph Uribe to the murder of 20-year-old Jose Avidan Martinez, who was found with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the 1825 Place Apartments located at 15835 Foothill Farms Loop around 5 a.m. Uribe is currently in the Williamson County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Authorities said Uribe was taken into custody by Round Rock police on May 13 for his connection to the robbery of the 7-Eleven that happened around 3:15 a.m. at 2680 Gattis School Rd. The two incidents took place less than 5 miles apart. Uribe was said to have fired several shots into the store. No one was injured.

Witnesses told police he also had met with Martinez for a not-yet-disclosed reason the same morning.

One teenager, Anthony Rheinholtz, 17, had already been arrested in connection to the 7-Eleven robbery.

Another teen, M'Kenzie Marzett, 19, who police said goes by the name "Goofie Gee," was arrested Monday on robbery charges. Police believe he is also responsible for the Thursday night double shooting at Red Hills Villas. Aggravated robbery charges for that incident are pending. One of the victims remains in critical condition, while the other is in stable condition.

Pflugerville police said they believe the homicide was related to drugs and gang activity, but said they would not name the gangs involved. Police have said all the incidents are still under investigation.

Police say Martinez had "mutual associates" with the suspects.

While Pflugerville has seen shootings and murder-suicides in recent years, the city reports that Martinez's death was the first true homicide in more than 15 years. Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo indicated that crimes of this nature will become increasingly common with Pflugerville's growing population.

"I wouldn't consider it disappointing," she said of the homicide. "Pflugerville is fast becoming one of the largest cities in Travis County and that has been identified, so it's just a matter of time for that type of element to approach our city."

Martinez's family members have been asking for the public's help in seeking closure after the shooting. Anyone with information on the crime spree is asked to call Round Rock police at 512-671-2709.

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