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alert-–-shocking-moment-handcuffed-murder-suspect,-18,-is-beaten-up-by-family-of-his-‘victim,’-15,-in-court-‘after-making-gesture-to-them’Alert – Shocking moment handcuffed murder suspect, 18, is beaten-up by family of his ‘victim,’ 15, in court ‘after making gesture to them’

A handcuffed murder suspect was viciously beaten by the family of his alleged victim after he appeared to make a gesture at them in a Texas court. 

Victor Nathaneal Rivas, 18, was inside the Bexar County courtroom where he is on trial for murder over the death of Ethan Soto, 15, when a dramatic brawl broke out on Friday. 

In video footage, Soto’s family members are seen jumping a partition and attacking Rivas – who allegedly provoked the group by making a gesture at them.

The footage showed a group of at least four people throw punches at Rivas, whose hands were handcuffed behind his back.

Victor Nathaneal Rivas, 18, was on trial for the murder of Ethan Soto, 15, on Friday when a brawl broke out

Rivas, who was 17 at the time of his alleged crime, was arrested in August 2022 and charged with murder after he was accused of shooting Soto in what appeared to be revenge for drug robbery, Sant Antonio police said (pictured: Rivas)

The shooter reportedly lured his ‘victim’ from his home in May 2022 after Soto stole THC cartridges from Rivas (pictured: Soto)

Police tried to peel the attackers off the alleged killer while bystanders watched the incident unfold in shock, a clip provided to KSAT shows. 

According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office four people were arrested after the violent outbreak – including two adult males and two juvenile males – who will be charged with assault and disrupting court proceedings. 

Rivas, who was 17 at the time of his alleged crime, was arrested in August 2022 and charged with murder after he was accused of shooting Soto in what appeared to be revenge for drug robbery, Sant Antonio police said.

Judge Ron Rangel, administrative judge for the Bexar County criminal district courts, said: ‘You think about courtrooms, you’re bringing in victims of violent crimes with people that are accused of committing those violent crimes, so often times courtrooms can become powder kegs. One little spark can ignite.’

The Judge has been forced to hit the courtroom’s panic button after the brawl broke out. Rangel said it’s unlikely that any of the people charged will be allowed to attend future court hearings.

Rivas’s attorney Adam LaHood told KSAT that they were in court on Friday for a routine preliminary hearing. He said the outburst was ‘certainly unexpected’ and ‘not something you ever want to see happen’. 

Soto’s family members jumped a partition in the courtroom and started attacking Rivas – who provoked the group by making a gesture at them

The dramatic incident took place in Bexar County, Texas , inside a courtroom where the murder trial was taking place

Someone caught the shocking fight on video – the footage showed as a group of at least four people threw punches at Rivas – who was handcuffed

The shooter reportedly lured his ‘victim’ from his home in May 2022 after Soto stole THC cartridges from Rivas. 

Soto’s mother tried to ease the tension between the boys by paying Rivas for the cartridges that Soto stole, according to an affidavit.

Rivas shot at Soto during the May altercation but Soto didn’t suffer from any injuries.

Later that day Rivas messaged an underage girl on Instagram asking if she would set up a drug deal with Soto – which she did for the following day, according to police.

The girl told Soto she was nearby the agreed location and he went to meet her – however he was confronted by Rivas who ambushed him and allegedly shot him to death. 

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