Antonio, TX – Pedro Silva, 46, and Samantha Cunningham, 24, were
arrested last Friday by the United States Marshals Service Gulf Coast
Violent Offenders Task Force (GCVOTF) in Galveston, TX. Arrest warrants were
issued for Silva and Cunningham pursuant to an investigation by the Wilson
County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), on charges involving aggravated robbery.
On October 9, 2013, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) was contacted
by the WCSO for assistance in the search for Silva and Cunningham. Task
force officers initiated an investigation and determined that Silva and
Cunningham had previously fled from San Antonio, TX to Galveston, TX. Task
force officers then contacted the GCVOTF for assistance in locating and
apprehending Silva and Cunningham. Last Friday, members of the GCVOTF,
through investigative efforts, determined that Silva and Cunningham were
hiding out at an apartment in the 5600 block of Avenue R in Galveston, TX.
Task force officers conducted a brief surveillance and observed Silva and
Cunningham exiting the apartment. Task force officers made contact with
Silva and Cunningham and took them into custody without incident. Incident
to arrest, task force officers seized a .22 caliber handgun and multiple
boxes of ammunition from Silva.
On October 2, 2013, Silva and Cunningham allegedly committed a home invasion
in Stockdale, TX when they entered a residence, tied up the victim, and
stole multiple items to include handguns and the victim’s car. On October 7,
2013, arrest warrants were issued for both Silva and Cunningham on charges
involving aggravated robbery. Silva and Cunningham are currently being held
in custody at the Galveston County Jail.
Silva has a violent criminal history to include homicide, assault, and
evading arrest. Cunningham also has a violent criminal history to include
assault. Silva is a confirmed member of the Texas Mexican Mafia and was also
wanted on charges involving failure to register as a sex offender.
Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas,
stated, “To enter someone’s home, tie them up, and violate their space is a
true disregard to not only personal property, but also human life. I’m
thankful that the victim was not harmed in this potentially tragic crime and
both fugitives were taken into custody without anyone being injured.
Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:
- New Braunfels Police Department
- San Antonio Police Department
- San Antonio Independent School District
- Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
- Comal County Sheriff’s Office
- Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
- Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
- Texas Office of The Attorney General
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice -
Office of the Inspector General
- U.S. Marshals Service
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