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Suspected Gang Member Arrested on Assault Charges

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JIM WELLS COUNTY (Kiii News) -

The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department has arrested a young man wanted for sending another man to the intensive care unit.  At last report the man was listed in critical condition.

Rene Ryan Villagran, 19, was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon.  The Sheriff's Department says Villagran is a gang member and is accused of assaulting a 49-year old man Tuesday.

Authorities say the victim was at the home of the Villagran's uncle, which is next door to where the suspect lives in Rancho Alegre.  Apparently, the suspect felt the victim had disrespected him.

Villagran is being held on $60,000 bond.  He has been charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and interfering with a 911 emergency call.

Authorities say Villagran threatened witnesses who tried to call 911 on the phone.