Suspect's dad, sister arrested in attempt on Wake deputy's life
Posted December 2, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A man accused of shooting at a Wake County sheriff's deputy during a high-speed chase remained behind bars Tuesday afternoon, and his father and sister were also jailed for allegedly helping him flee from authorities.
Alexander Oregon Gallardo, 18, of 2008 W. Millbrook Road was in the Wake County Detention Center under a $3.9 million secured bond on felony charges of attempted murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Investigators say Gallardo shot at Deputy Unberto Espinoza who tried to stop a stolen car that was speeding on New Hope Road around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
The car's driver, Carlos Eduardo Argueta Diaz, allegedly led Espinoza on a chase through Raleigh – with speeds up to 15 mph in excess of the speed limit – from New Hope Road to Interstate 440 before crashing the car near the intersection of Lake Woodard and Terminal drives, according to court records.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Monday that Gallardo, during the chase, fired a bullet into Espinoza's windshield, hitting a radar device mounted just left of the steering wheel.
Espinoza was not injured.
Diaz and two juveniles who were in the car at the time were taken into custody after the crash, but it wasn't until after a manhunt that Raleigh police and the U.S. Marshals Service Monday afternoon found Gallardo.
Gallardo's father, Froilan Mercado Gallardo, 45, also of 2008 W. Millbrook Road, and sister, Lydia Mejia Gallardo, 23, of 5710 Oak Meadow Lane, Raleigh, were also arrested Monday on a felony charge of accessory after the fact
Family friend Cynthia Flores said Tuesday that Froilan Gallardo and Lydia Gallardo were only trying to get him safely to authorities when they were pulled over and arrested.
"They did tell him that they were going to help him, but their intention was to turn him in," Flores said.
Family members say they were worried what would happen if they called police, so they planned to take him to jail themselves.
Diaz was jailed Tuesday under an immigration detainer on a $2 million secured bond, and two other people were jailed for their alleged roles in the case.
Arrest warrants show that Diaz, 16, of 4650 Ravi Road, Raleigh, faces felony charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and two counts of accessory after the fact.
Alexander Gallardo, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, is an absconder from probation – a sentence stemming from a February 2013 conviction of charges of breaking and entering and larceny.
An immigration detainer was not included with his arrest records, and the immigration statuses of Froilan Gallardo and Lydia Gallardo were not immediately clear Tuesday.