Residents React to Arrest of Top Ten Fugitive Living in Bryan

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to the arrest of a man on the state's Top 10 Most Wanted List. Police say Daniel Pineda Junior surrendered peacefully just before 10 Tuesday night after a stand-off at a home in Bryan.

Out of fear of retaliation, the identities of those who agreed to a on-camera, will remain anonymous.

Except for the daily sound of the old Union Pacific rumbling through North Sims Avene in Bryan, residents say the area is relatively calm.

“During the day, around noon-time, it's really quiet,” said one individual who lives near Sims Avenue. “At night I really don't see movement, mostly people stay to themselves."

But Tuesday night was a whole new ballgame. Many residents were unable to make it home for several hours after authorities say Daniel Pineda Jr., a Bryan man, who happens to be a top ten most wanted fugitive in Texas -- and a member of the Latin King's gang -- barricaded himself inside a home at the 1600 block of North Sims Avenue.

Authorities say Pineda, Jr. is affiliated with the Latin Kings gang and was born in Bryan, Texas. He has been arrested ten times and received prison sentences five times for various offenses, including Burglary of a Habitation, Fleeing Police, and Drug Possession.
He is known to burglarize homes during daytime hours and will take anything of value. When approached by law enforcement, Pineda will likely flee to avoid arrest.

On January 24, 2012, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a warrant for PINEDA's arrest for Parole Violation (Original Offense: Burglary of a Habitation). On May 1, 2012, the Brazos County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for his arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

“It's bad when you don't know what kinds of people are living around you,” the person added. “Especially for the elderly and the kids."

Members of the Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division received information Pineda could be staying at home in Bryan. While waiting for access to their homes, many residents sat and waited inside their vehicle. One family we spoke to off-camera found out who their neighbor was after a friend texted Pineda's mug shot to their cell phone.

"There are so many kids living on this street, it's so scary knowing that," one family member exclaimed.

“People don't know who you have living in your neighborhood until you hear it on the news,” said a resident.

After negotiating for several hours, DPS says Pineda surrendered peacefully.

"Anybody that does wrong, the law is going to find you and take you in," said one individual.

It's an outcome that provides relief, but one that now has many families on guard.

Pineda has been arrested ten times and has received prison sentences five times for various offenses, including Burglary of a Habitation, Fleeing Police, and Drug Possession.

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