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3/22/06-Tyler

Bond Set at $23 Million Dollars For Shooting Suspects

The two suspects, Ramon Ramos and Francisco Saucedo, both from Tulsa, OK are now facing charges that could keep them in jail for the rest of their lives. Both men were wounded when their vehicle crashed last night. Ramos, 37, was released from the hospital. He appeared in court this morning to hear the charges against him. Officials say Francisco Saucedo is still in the hospital in serious condition and under arrest.

Authorities are trying to determine why the men were so heavily armed, even wearing body armor and what they were doing in Tyler to begin with. "There's a lot of speculation about why they were here with that kind of weaponry, with that kind of body armor. So we'll be looking at that," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle.

Chief Swindle said, out of the suspects' truck, officials removed a Norinco SKS rifle, a TEC 9 9 mm handgun, a Beretta 9 mm pistol and a .22 caliber handgun. "Both suspects have what I consider a lengthy criminal history," said Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham. "Both these individuals did have histories and all of that probably adds up to why they didn't want to go jail," said Chief Swindle.

This morning in court Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent informed Ramon Ramos of the 14 charges against him. An interpreter translated. "Each of these charges is based upon an affidavit," said Judge Kent. Judge Kent set bail at $23 million dollars. "I have not seen a case where the bond was any more appropriate than it is in this case," said Bingham.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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