Marshal Gerald Coffin Arrested

DAYTON February 17, 2015 – At approximately 4:pm this evening, Marshal Gerald Coffin of Dayton who was wanted on an Aggravated Assault warrant for the shooting of Victor Robert Pereida on CR 460 was arrested.

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Lead Investigator Sgt. Paul Lasco who has worked this case tirelessly since it occurred on February 14th and working off information gained from his on-going investigation determined that Coffin had rented a vehicle at the Enterprise Car Rental on Hwy. 90 in Liberty and was due to return the car this evening. With additional Deputies and D.P.S. Troopers watching the rental agency from a distance, Bernadette Ochoa was observed driving the gold colored pick-up truck to the rental agency to pick up Coffin. Shortly thereafter, Marshal Coffin drove the rental car back to turn it in. After he completed the paperwork and stepped outside to get into the pick-up truck with Ochoa, several Officers converged on the pair and both Coffin and Ochoa were arrested unarmed and without resistance. No weapon was found on Coffin at the time of his arrest.

Later, during the interview with Bernadette Ochoa, she admitted to Sgt. Lasco she knew that Coffin was wanted on a warrant and she had been observed earlier driving the pick-up into the rental agency but had no driver’s license. She was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Wanted Person and No Driver’s license and placed in the Liberty County jail. Marshal Robert Coffin was also placed in the Liberty County jail on the outstanding Aggravated Assault warrant. They are expected to be magistrated in the morning and a bond set at that time.

The victim, Victor Robert Pereida is still recovering in a Houston hospital from the five gunshot wounds inflicted by Marshall Coffin and, is, at this time, expected to make a full recovery.

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