An Erath County grand jury has indicted five individuals, including Cesar Miguel Montano, 18, on charges of obstruction or retaliation, third degree felony; and theft — $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000 — a state jail felony.

On April 26, Montano was arrested at Stephenville High School on a $750-$2,500 theft warrant issued by the Stephenville Police Department.

“The defendant was also a suspect for theft, $2,500-$30,000 that occurred near HEB,” the arrest affidavit states. “The defendant stated on video he did in fact commit the theft in question. Due to that charge being a state jail felony, the defendant was arrested for that theft on view.”

Then on April 30, a witness in the ongoing theft investigation made a retaliation report against Montano. The witness had identified Montano as a participant in a felony theft.

“Cesear Miguel Montano went to (the witness’) place of residence in Erath County, where he assaulted (him),” the arrest affidavit states. “Affiant personally observed the injuries and reviewed recorded footage of Montano assaulting (the witness) by striking him about the head and face with his fists.”

Montano is being held in the Erath County Jail on a $54,500 bond.

Others indicted include:

Ronnie James Clayton, 49, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.

Melanie Ann Evans, 36, for theft, less than $2,500 with two or more prior convictions; a state jail felony.

Terrence Germil Jordan, 21, for manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram, a state jail felony; and manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty group two — four grams or more, but less than 400 grams — a first degree felony. 

Ronald Kevin Uroz, 52, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.