Steven Tudela arrested again

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AN arrest warrant was reissued against Steven Tudela after he violated court-mandated pretrial release conditions.

Tudela, 25, was one of the two individuals accused of using a debit/credit card of another person.

On Wednesday, he appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho for a bail hearing.

Tudela was charged with contempt of court, which is punishable by six months’ imprisonment or $100 fine or both.

In a previous bail modification order, Judge Camacho reduced Tudela’s bail to 5 percent of $20,000, and released him to his stepfather Joaquin Torres and mother Irene as third-party custodians after they submitted a $19,000 appearance bond.

The judge then ordered Tudela to abide by the pretrial release terms that included a daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

According to court documents, Tudela’s parents called DPS on Feb. 4 around 3 p.m. to report that the defendant had violated his release conditions.

Mr. Torres told police on Tuesday afternoon that Tudela left their residence without informing either of his parents.

Around 5 a.m. on Feb. 4, Tudela was still not in the house, Mr. Torres said.

Tudela returned to the house at 11:30 a.m. on the same day and when asked where he went, he told his parents that he was in Garapan.

At the initial appearance hearing on Wednesday afternoon, Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas moved to revoke the bail order for Tudela, but she did not ask the court to forfeit the appearance bond, adding that the parents reported the violation.

Attorney Robert T. Torres, who appeared for the defendant, reserved the right for another bail modification upon acquiring another third-party custodian.

Judge Camacho set the cash bail at $1,000 and remanded the defendant to Corrections. Tudela was ordered to return to court on Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. for the preliminary hearing and on March 9 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

Tudela and his co-defendant Korey Marok Leon, 19, were arrested on three counts of misuse of financial instruments.

Tudela told police that he found several credit cards in a rented Toyota Corolla, and that he and Leon used them to purchase several items.

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