BELTON — Killeen resident Juan Luis DeLeon was back in the Bell County Jail after Bell County deputies served a warrant Thursday morning.
DeLeon, 21, was arrested at about 2:02 a.m. Thursday at his residence in the 3200 block of Beaver Circle, Maj. T.J. Cruz said. The midnight shift units were following up on some information they’d received, he said.
Hours earlier, DeLeon ran away from Belton Police officers, Cruz said.
On Tuesday, a bench warrant was issued for DeLeon’s arrest because he didn’t appear in court for a hearing where he was scheduled to plead guilty for allegedly causing the injuries that led to the death of 16-year-old Rachael Westberg of Belton.
“It is disappointing that Mr. DeLeon did not show up for his court date yesterday and that the family of Rachael Westberg felt the impact of another one of his bad decisions,” city of Belton spokesman Paul Romer said Thursday.
“His apprehension quickly became a priority for the Belton Police Department. The dedicated overnight work of Belton Police officers, with assistance from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, was critical in location Mr. DeLeon and transporting him to Bell County Jail,” Romer said.
Bell County District Judge Fancy Jezek also revoked his $75,000 bail.
The original $75,000 bail, set by Bell County Justice of the Peace Don Engleking, was posted by Belton-based Smoking Gun Bail Bonds, Bell County Chief Deputy Chuck Cox said Thursday.
The bail bond company didn’t forfeit that money because DeLeon was back in jail quickly.
A new bail was set Thursday for $100,000, according to jail records.
Smoking Gun Bail Bonds wasn’t contacted by press time to provide another bail bond for DeLeon, a company representative said.
DeLeon’s case will receive a new setting, and the type of setting will be decided later, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said Thursday.
DeLeon was scheduled Tuesday to waive his arraignment and plead guilty to the charge of accident causing serious bodily injury, according to the court docket.