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RGV man guilty of carjacking

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

McALLEN, Texas – A 34-year-old McAllen resident has admitted to robbery of a motor vehicle with intent to cause serious harm or death, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

On Nov. 25, 2021, Fidel Garza Jr. was on the 1200 block of 28th street riding in the passenger seat of a truck and 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.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez will impose sentencing April 27. At that time, Garza faces up to 15 years in prison.

He has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.

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. Attorney Anthony J. Evans is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 15, 2023

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