WASHINGTON – More than five years after
he went on the run and nearly two years after being placed on the
U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list, Mexican authorities in Reynosa,
Mexico, arrested murder suspect Joseph Allen Garcia today and
expelled him to the United States.
The Policia Ministerial del Estado in Reynosa, PME (State
Ministerial Police for the State of Tamaulipas) were investigating a
crime in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, involving Garcia as a suspect.
When the PME made contact with the suspect, they were able to
identify him as Joseph Allen Garcia wanted in Laredo, Texas.
This information was passed along to law enforcement counterparts
via USMS Mexican Investigative Liaison Deputies. After the PME
confirmed Garcia’s identification, the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast
Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and the Webb County
(Texas) Sheriff’s Department worked to get Garcia back to the United
Mexican authorities turned Garcia over to the U.S. Marshals Gulf
Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and the Webb County
Sheriff’s Department in Hidalgo, Texas earlier this morning. Garcia
is being held in the Hidalgo County Jail awaiting court proceedings.
Garcia is wanted in Texas on charges of murder, manslaughter, three
counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and failure to
appear. He is also wanted on a federal charge of unlawful flight to
In December 2003, Garcia and two associates allegedly traveled to a
residence in Laredo, Texas, with the intent of provoking a fight
with another group of young men. Upon arriving at the residence,
Garcia reportedly pulled out an AK-47 assault rifle and opened fire
into the group, killing 18-year-old Mario Gonzalez and wounding
three others. Authorities arrested Garcia the day after the murder,
but he was out on bond within weeks.
Garcia was into trouble again by August 2004, when he allegedly shot
and wounded a young man after an argument over stereo speakers.
Garcia was arrested for attempted murder and again posted bond. He
was later indicted for murder when the young man died from his
wounds. Four months later in December 2004, authorities arrested
Garcia for possession of drugs. He posted bond and apparently
decided to try life on the run. Garcia was scheduled to appear in
court in March 2005, but he was a no-show and authorities have been
looking for him ever since.
In January 2006, the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County
Sheriff’s Department contacted the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent
Offenders and Fugitive Task Force – Laredo Division for assistance
in locating and apprehending Garcia. He was classified as a U.S.
Marshals Major Case until being upgraded to the 15 Most Wanted in
“The U.S. Marshals used all of our available resources to capture
this violent criminal. With the help of our state, local and
international law enforcement partners, we are able to scratch
Garcia off our list,” said Director John F. Clark of the U.S.
Marshals Service. “Garcia displayed a propensity for violence and
continued to live a life of crime. Capturing him was one of our
Authorities suspect Garcia is a member of the Zetas, the enforcers
for the Mexican Gulf Cartel. Garcia also was known to be associated
with the Mexican mafia and was believed to be involved in the drug
trade. Authorities suspected he was likely living in Mexico and
making frequent crossings into California and Texas.
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