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RGV carjacker sent to prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

McALLEN, Texas – A 35-year-old McAllen resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for robbery of a motor vehicle with intent to cause serious harm or death, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Fidel Garza Jr. pleaded guilty Feb. 15.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed Garza a 85-month term of imprisonment to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence regarding Garza’s criminal history, including prior felony convictions for discharging a firearm in 2016 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2021.

On Nov. 25, 2021, Garza was on the 1200 block of 28th street riding in the passenger seat of a truck which pulled in front of an SUV and stopped. A 67-year-old man was driving that vehicle. Garza exited the passenger side of the truck and approached the SUV. He then pointed a handgun at the driver and demanded he and his three minor passengers get out of the vehicle. Fearing for their lives, they complied. Garza then entered the SUV and fled the scene. 

Law enforcement tracked him to a rural location in Edinburg. They arrested him in December 2021, at which time he admitted his role in the robbery.

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The McAllen Police Department and Texas Department of Criminal Justice conducted the investigation with the assistance of the FBI and the Edinburg Police Department as part of the Rio Grande Valley Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony J. Evans and James Sturgis prosecuted the case.

Updated April 27, 2023

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