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Texas Teenager Who Police Say Killed Another Over THC Cartridge Robbery Arrested

Source: Bexar County Jail; MEGA

Victor Rivas.

Sep. 9 2022, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A Texas teenager who is accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old in what police believe was retaliation for a drug robbery has been arrested, according to KSAT.

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Victor Nathaneal Rivas, 17, is charged with murder, according to the Bexar County Jail.

Police say Rivas fatally shot Ethan Soto at approximately 3 p.m. on May 16. According to KSAT, Soto was lured from his from his home in the 2100 block of Alston Drive in San Antonio.

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Police say beef betwen the teenagers began hours before the fatal shooting. KSAT reported that Soto allegedly robbed Rivas of THC cartridges on May 15. That day, Rivas shot at Soto and his family's home, but the teenager was not injured in that shooting.

According to KSAT, Soto's mother tried to make things right by paying Rivas for the THC cartridges, an affidavit states. She met with Rivas and gave him the money.

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In hours after receiving the money, Rivas messaged an underage girl on Instragram and asked her to set up a drug deal with Soto, according to police.

According to the affidavit, Soto “stated several times that he was looking for the person who robbed him and was going to ‘catch’ him when he saw him," KSAT reported.

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The girl then messaged Soto on Instagram, acting as if she was going to buy the cartridges from him and set up a meeting near his home. A little before 3 p.m., she told Soto she was close by, and he left to meet her, according to KSAT.

Instead, Soto was ambushed by Rivas, who shot him several times. Soto later died at the hospital, KSAT reported. According to the affidavit, Soto's mother confronted Rivas after the shooting, but he denied involvement.

According to KSAT, Rivas said he "wished" he shot Soto but did not want to kill him over $60. Rivas is being housed at Bexar County Jail, where his bond is set at $200,000.


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