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New DPS report highlights gang activity in Lubbock

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New reports highlights gang activity in West Texas. New reports highlights gang activity in West Texas.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A new report about gang violence in Texas has revealed a high concentration of activity right here in the Lubbock area.

A man believed to be a member of one of the most dangerous gangs in the state will soon stand trial in Lubbock County for capital murder.

Bryan Suniga, 34, is currently held on a $1 million bond at the Lubbock County Detention Center.

He is scheduled to go on trial early next month.

Suniga and another man are accused in the 2011 shooting death of David Rowser. Police believe both suspects are associated with the Tango Blast gang.

The Department of Public Safety said the Tango Blast gang is now one of the most predominant and dangerous gangs in Texas.

DPS says this particular gang poses one of the greatest threats in the state due to their relationship with Mexican cartels.

About half of the incarcerated members of that gang are serving sentences for violent crime, including robbery, homicide and assault or terroristic threat.

The report says members of that gang are operating right here in this area.

On Dec. 26, 2011, just before 10:30 p.m., Lubbock police responded to a robbery call out that quickly turned to a homicide at One Guy from Italy's 50th street location.

When police arrived, they said they found an employee of the restaurant, 26-year-old David Rowser, covered in blood with gunshot wounds to his chest.

His brother, who was also an employee at the restaurant, witnessed everything and was found hovering over Rowser's body, trying to apply pressure to his wounds.

Witnesses said two Hispanic males, identifiable by their tattoos and one's white contacts, stole a tip jar from the restaurant, fatally shooting Rowser multiple times on the way out.

The suspects, later identified as Suniga and Sesilio Lopez, are now behind bars charged with capital murder.

Police said the men, who are reportedly cousins, are believed to be associated with the Tango Blast gang.

"Tango Blast has been prevalent in Lubbock for a while now. We believe throughout the state that Tango Blast and their cliques exceed 8,200 members. They're our most significant gang in Texas," said Sgt. Bryan Witt with Texas DPS.

According to the 2014 Texas Gang Threat Assessment released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the most significant gangs in this area are the West Texas Tangos, the Texas Syndicate and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

Around this time last year, authorities arrested a "governor" for the Gangster Disciples street gang, who was wanted for engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with a home invasion robbery and the murder of a rival gang member.

The suspect was arrested while working at a construction site right here in Lubbock.

Another man, Manuel Flores III, led police on a high-intensity chase through Lubbock in July of 2013.

Police believe he has ties to Tango Blast as well. He is now serving ten years for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

"There's no limit on what they would do for their gang members. That's why it's so important to put out an assessment on these guys for law enforcement to develop a plan and strategy to combat these gangs and also disrupt them in their daily operations," Sgt. Witt said.

If you see any suspicious activity, Witt recommends calling one of their hotline numbers, which you can find here.

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