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Troubleshooters: Stagnant case frustrates Bishop couple

Posted at 6:52 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 20:08:22-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A frustrated Bishop couple called the Troubleshooters claiming they were told they had a criminal case against a contractor.

Now, two years later, they say they've been told they don't have a case unless they can provide more evidence.

"I'm a hard worker for my money. It's not fair that somebody came to take my money easy, and say 'bye.' "

Johny Tejeda is getting more and more frustrated, so he showed up at the Nueces Co. Sheriff's Office this morning wanting answers because he's already told them his story about hiring Leo Rios and 2R's Construction in December 2017 to build a house for him and his family.

Total cost: $50,000. The Tejedas put $20,000 down. But Tejeda claims Rios stopped working in January 2018 because he wanted more money, and Tejeda wasn't going to pay it until more work was done.

The Troubleshooters contacted Rios by phone, and asked about the Tejeda job.

"Why has it taken so long to get the job done ? Well, 'cause he didn't comply with the contract like I told him," Rios said.

Rios further claimed he needed the money to pay his crew.

On Feb. 15, Tejeda had an attorney send Rios a demand letter via certified mail, giving him 10 days to respond.

But he didn't.

The Tejedas want their $20,000 back because they still need to have their home built.

"It's not fair what he did with me," Tejeda said. "I need my money back."

Late this afternoon, Nueces Co. Sheriff's Dept. Capt. Monica Rios let us know that Tejeda's case was indeed presented to the grand jury in September, and they 'no billed' it: In other words, there wasn't enough evidence to sent it to trial.

We also tried contacting Leo Rios by phone multiple times today, but couldn't leave a message.