Teen suspect charged in murder of 16-year-old girl arrested again for violating bond conditions, records say

Here's what we know

HOUSTON – A teen suspect accused of shooting a 16-year-old girl 22 times is back in custody after violating his bond conditions, records show.

Frank Deleon Jr., 17, is accused of fatally shooting Diamond Alvarez in a southwest Houston neighborhood on Jan. 11 while she was walking her family’s dog. Deleon was arrested on Jan. 17. He was charged with murder and released the next day after posting a $250,000 bond.

Records say Deleon failed to comply with curfew requirements and had an “unapproved leave from his home zone on or around 5:10 p.m. to 5:12 p.m.” on March 28.

What happened?

Investigators said Deleon was romantically involved, or in a love triangle, with Alvarez and another teen. When Alvarez found out about the other relationship, investigators said the two agreed to meet around 9:30 p.m. at a park located in the 15400 block of Park Manor.

Alvarez’s family said when she was outside walking their dog, they heard gunshots. Her parents became concerned and her mother called her phone but received no response. Alvarez’s mother, Anna Machado, and stepfather then went outside and found the pet alone. After searching the neighborhood, Alvarez’s family said they found the girl’s body lying in a field.

Alvarez family reacts to second arrest

Alvarez’s family and FIEL director Cesar Espinosa held a press conference Tuesday morning following the news of Deleon’s arrest. Espinosa said although the suspect only violated two minutes of his required curfew time, that was enough time to make it to the home of the Alvarez family.

“We celebrate the fact that Frank is where he needs to be, in custody,” Espinosa said. “The family now feels safer that he is back in custody.”

They continue to ask the judge to not give him a second chance to go out and do more harm to the Alvarez family.

Blanca Mejia, the aunt of Diamond Alvarez, said they are happy he was taken in but that it doesn’t stop here. She said his friends and family have attacked their family in the past and asked the judges and bail bonds to stop pointing the finger and make Deleon be held responsible for his actions.

“He does not care for his life in the same way he didn’t care about Diamond’s life,” Mejia said.

The family is asking the judge to not give him another chance and hopes he does not get another bond or that if he does get a third chance, it will be a minimum 10% bond.

“I’m glad he is where he’s supposed to be. He doesn’t deserve and third, fourth, fifth chance,” said Ana Machado, the mother of Diamond Alvarez. “Enough is enough. It was a relief when I heard about his arrest. I screamed, I cried and I still have to wait for the judge’s decision. Nothing is going to bring my daughter back. I don’t think he deserves another bond.”

DeLeon is due back in court at 9 am on April 28, 2022 for a bond revoke hearing.

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