Waco: Man Accused Of Shooting Deputy Indicted

A man accused of shooting a McLennan County sheriff’s deputy was named Wednesday in a three-count indictment.

Mike Joseph Alvarado (Jail photo)

WACO (March 5, 2014) Mike Joseph Alvarado, 25, who’s accused of shooting at McLennan County sheriff’s deputy in December, was named Wednesday in an indictment charging three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant (enhanced).

The shooting occurred at around 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 near America's Storage at 1215 Baylor Ave., following a search that started after police received a report that a woman was abducted at gunpoint from a home in the 3300 block of Lyle Avenue

As two deputies and a county constable confronted Alvarado, he tried to drive the truck through a gate to escape and then began firing, authorities said.

Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Spillman was struck once and Alvarado was hit several times.

Both were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

The woman later said she wasn't taken against her will and that the reports of the abduction were the result of a misunderstanding.

Alvarado remains jailed in lieu of bonds totaling more than $500,000.

Grand jurors Wednesday also handed up an indictment charging two counts of credit card abuse against an elderly individual and one count of credit card abuse against Raven Tyresha Hall.

Hall was arrested on warrants in October 2013 stemming from the illegal use of a credit card that was reported lost on June 28, 2013 at the Richland Mall, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at the time.

Swanton said the owner of the card reported she left it at a store in the mall and within a short time started to see charges posted on the card that she did not authorize.

Police investigators were able to identify a suspect using video surveillance from at least two mall shops and after posting the videos on the Waco police Facebook page, several residents called the department and identified the suspect.

Police detectives, armed with the video identifications, were able to obtain two warrants that showed the card was used to make charges that totaled more than $2,500, Swanton said.

Christopher James Malik of Waco was indicted Wednesday for theft of $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000 in a case involving fraudulent loans.

The U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Malik in October 2013 on warrants stemming from a scheme in which a fraudulent loan was taken out from Big Cash America where he worked, and then additional loans were taken out to pay off the balance of earlier transactions, police said.

An initial investigation revealed the fraudulent loans amounted to $17,000, police said, but further investigation turned up a total of almost $20,300 in bad loans.

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