Man charged with aggravated robbery for Porter break-in

A four-month investigation by detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to the arrest of 20-year-old Belter Arenas-Peralta on Aug. 15.

Arenas-Peralta is charged with the April 13, 2018, aggravated robbery that occurred in the 23000 block of Rouse Road in Porter.

According to a statement from MCSO spokesperson Lt. Scott Spencer, a 71-year-old man observed an unfamiliar Chevrolet truck in his daughter’s driveway next door. The victim went to investigate and found a Hispanic male exiting his daughter’s house through the back door, carrying a coin bank belonging to the victim’s grandson.

“The victim confronted and attempted to stop the suspect who was trying to flee in his truck. The suspect beat the victim in the head with what appeared to be a handgun that the suspect had retrieved from inside his vehicle,” the statement from Spencer reads. “The victim sustained several lacerations to his scalp and eventually let go of the suspect. The victim was transported to Kingwood Hospital where he was treated.”

Using information obtained from the victim, detectives identified Arenas-Peralta as the suspect.

The suspect was arrested at his residence in the 13000 block of E. Hardy St. in Houston. The alleged weapon he used in the crime was located and recovered.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of these agencies, 20-year-old Belter Arenas-Peralta was transported to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Jail and charged with Aggravated Robbery,” the statement continues.

The suspect remains in jail on an immigration hold.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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