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For Immediate Release

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April 19, 2013 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (PIO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
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LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – Gwen Komahcheet, 62, and Juan Gabriel Garza, 23 were both arrested early this morning by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Eagle Pass, TX in 2 separate cases. An arrest warrant was issued for Komahcheet pursuant to an investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, where it is alleged that he violated the conditions of his state parole by failing to comply with his requirement to register as a sex offender. An arrest warrant was also issued for Garza pursuant to an investigation by the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office, where it is alleged that he committed 1st degree murder.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was contacted by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Zavala County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in locating and apprehending both Komahcheet and Garza. Task force officers initiated an investigation and determined that Komahcheet and Garza had previously fled to the Republic of Mexico (MX). Task force officers coordinated investigative activities with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in Mexico City, MX and their Mexican law enforcement counterparts. Members of the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) were able to locate and detain both Komahcheet and Garza in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, MX. Komahcheet and Garza, both United States citizens, were presented before a Mexican immigration judge and determined to have no legal status to remain in the country. Komahcheet and Garza were expelled from the Republic of Mexico and turned over to the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the U.S. Port of Entry, in Eagle Pass, TX. Komahcheet was formally arrested by the members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and transported to the Maverick County Detention Center. Garza was also formally arrested by the members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and transported to the Zavala County Detention Center.

Both men are currently being held in custody without bond.

In 1979, Komahcheet was arrested in Dallas, TX on allegations of sexual assault with a deadly weapon. Komahcheet was found guilty and sentenced to serve a 75 year term in the Texas Department of Corrections. In 2004, Komahcheet was released to parole supervision after serving 24 years. Komahcheet allegedly violated the conditions of his parole when he absconded from supervision and failed to comply with his requirement to maintain his sex offender registration. The Texas Department of Public Safety added Komahcheet to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List as a result of his extensive and violent criminal history involving sexual assaults with weapons.

On April 6, 2013, Garza was allegedly involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of Christopher Navar, 31. The shooting was the result of a verbal altercation between both men, which took place at a home in Crystal City, TX. After the alleged shooting, Garza fled to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, MX in an attempt to allude capture.

Robert Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “Words alone cannot express my esteem gratitude for the collaborative efforts of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, Zavala County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and The Instituto Nacional de Migración in both of these cases. Komahcheet was on the run from justice for far too long and Garza thought he could take a life without consequences, but thanks to our partners in law enforcement, their run has come to an end.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (San Antonio Division):

  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (Del Rio Division):

  • Del Rio Police Department
  • Uvalde Police Department
  • Dimmit County Sheriff's Office
  • Maverick County Sheriff's Office
  • Medina County Sheriff's Office
  • Real County Sheriff's Office
  • Uvalde County Sheriff's Office
  • Val Verde County Sheriff's Office
  • Zavala County Sheriff's Office
  • 38th Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 38th Judicial District Probation Office
  • Dimmit County Constable Precinct 3
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Texas Department of Public Safety – Criminal Investigations Division
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Office of Field Operations
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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