Tyler father and son indicted on multiple aggravated robbery charges

Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:49 - Written by

A Tyler man who was involved in a three-hour standoff with police last month has been indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury, along with his son, on multiple aggravated robbery charges.

Tyler police arrested Mario Arroyo, 51, of Tyler, after a three-hour standoff at a house a few blocks south of Gentry Parkway in March. During the standoff, his son Noe Arroyo, exited the residence and was arrested on a warrant.

Mario faces two aggravated robbery charges, and a driving while intoxicated charge, third or more. He is being held at the Smith County Jail on a $400,000 bond.

Noe also faces two aggravated robbery charges and an unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge. He is being held at the Smith County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

On March 1, the East Texas Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an aggravated robbery warrant on Mario but he refused to come out of the house.

Police said three people were let out of the house, including Noe, who was arrested.

However, Mario Arroyo remained inside the house and refused to come out for several hours.

Police attempted to communicate with Mario Arroyo over a loudspeaker, and at one point, they said they were planning to put gas in the house that would force him to come out by causing his eyes and skin to burn.

As the fourth hour of the standoff neared, canisters of tear gas were used to get Mario out of the residence.

Mario Arroyo has a long criminal history in Smith County dating back to 1987 and including several driving while intoxicated, evading arrest and assault offenses.

- Augusta Robinson