Construction workers never returned to finish the job

A man hired to remodel a restroom never finished the job because he said he had health issues, according to Laredo police.

Jose Conrado Lopez-Herrera, 51, was served with an arrest warrant charging him with deceptive trade practice.

Officers responded to a theft report at approximately 3:33 pm July 1 in the 500 block of Campanario Lane. A woman stated that she contracted a man identified as Lopez-Herrera to remodel a restroom in the residence.

He wrote on a piece of paper a written contract stating that the job included tearing up walls and tub, preparations of the faucets and plumbing, preparations for carpentry, installation of tile, throwing out trash, the materials and the charge for the work.

In the written contract, Lopez-Herrera provided an amount of $3,600. He wrote that he was provided an amount of $1,800 with a balance due of $1,800. Lopez-Herrera showed up one day and tore up the tile and tub from the residence. However, he never returned to finish the job.

The woman tried texting him and calling him several times. Lopez-Herrera would only say, “Mañana voy.” He even told her he was in the hospital. She went looking for him at his listed address in the 8500 block of Ontario Loop, where she met with his stepson.

He told the woman that Lopez-Herrera did live there but was not home at the moment. The stepson added that Lopez-Herrera “had a history of doing this to other people and they too had gone to look for him at the home,” states the affidavit.

She told the police that she gave Lopez-Herrera enough opportunities to return the money, but he never did. She stated she had to hire someone else to finish remodeling the restroom. When confronted by police, Lopez-Herrera stated that he did remember the job at the home on Campanario Lane.

“Mr. Lopez-Herrera stated he got paid $1,800 for the job but did not finish because he had health issues and did not get a chance to go back,” states the affidavit.

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