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Don't Pick Up that Hitch Hiker!
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:57:04 PM »
Ever seen the movie "The Hitcher" with Rugter Hauer, well if you haven't you need to.  Will make you think twice, three times - about picking up a hitch hiker.  If you've seen the movie, then you will know what I'm talking about.

Quote from: "[url[/url]"]Police: Two men hospitalized after stabbing and high-speed chase
Report: Hitchhiker stabbed driver multiple times

Two men were in the hospital late Thursday night following a stabbing near Marfa and a high-speed chase between Pecos and Odessa.
One man was in critical condition Thursday at Big Bend Memorial Hospital in Alpine after he was stabbed numerous times by a hitchhiker he’d picked up near Valentine, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said.
Neither the identity of the suspect nor the victim was available Thursday night.
About 5 p.m. near Valentine, the driver picked up the hitchhiker and drove toward Marfa, Texas Rangers Capt. Barry Caver said.
Near the Marfa’s city limits, the hitchhiker pulled out a knife and struggled with the driver, Caver said.
Somehow the driver ended up outside the vehicle near Marfa. He was able to call 9-1-1 and report he’d been stabbed.
Later, around 5:30 p.m., a DPS trooper saw the suspect driving east on Interstate 20 in Pecos, Caver said. A chase began.
During the chase, troopers laid out six or seven spiked strips, which the suspect avoided in a three-hour chase that reached speeds up to 90 mph, Caver said.
Close to Odessa, Texas Rangers Sgt. Jess Malone tried to stop the vehicle.
The suspect continued to drive, stopped and started eastbound once more in the grass off the south side of the roadway, Caver said.
The vehicle broke down after Malone shot at it, Caver said.
After the suspect was pulled out of the vehicle and wrestled to the ground, he was taken to the hospital, Caver said, adding that the suspect was incoherent and behaving strangely.

Quote from: "[url[/url]"]Suspect in custody after multi-county chase

ODESSA, Texas Authorities were forced to shoot out the tires of a fleeing suspect's vehicle last night near Odessa. It was the conclusion of a high-speed chase that stretched across 75 miles of West Texas interstate.

State troopers chased the suspect at speeds up to 90 miles-per-hour on Interstate 20 from Pecos to the edge of Odessa.

The Texas Rangers arrested the suspect but have not released his name. Captain Barry Caver says the man faces numerous charges.

The Texas Rangers say the man is suspected of stealing the S-U-V he was driving after hitchhiking a ride near Valentine in Jeff Davis County. They say the suspect stabbed the driver of the S-U-V when they arrived to Marfa.

The driver escaped the car and was able to call 9-1-1. A state trooper says the driver is now in critical condition at an Alpine hospital.

Caver says the suspect is also wanted for questioning in the weekend death of a woman San Antonio.

Information from: Jordan Williams and Jeff Maher, KWES-TV Midland/Odessa.

Quote from: "[url[/url]"]Man Wanted In Wife's Slaying Arrested

POSTED: 7:18 am CDT July 14, 2006
UPDATED: 3:01 pm CDT July 14, 2006

SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio man wanted for questioning in his estranged wife's death has been arrested in Odessa, KSAT 12 News reported.

David Garza was apprehended by law enforcement authorities following a 75-mile, high-speed, multi-county chase that ended in Odessa, KSAT 12 News reported.

Garza has been on the run since the body of his wife, Julia Garza, 31, was discovered in the bathtub of her mobile home late Sunday night.

A friend of the victim told police that she went looking for Julia Garza earlier that evening, but that David Garza would not allow her to look inside the bathroom.

Texas Rangers said that Garza allegedly stabbed a driver in Marfa and got away in a sport utility vehicle.

That driver is listed in critical condition at a hospital in Alpine.

Quote from: "[url[/url]"]Police Find Car of Murdered Woman
LAST UPDATE: 7/14/2006 4:48:16 PM
Posted By: Vickie Jean Summers
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A car belonging to a woman found murdered on Monday has been located by police.

Police discovered the body of Julia Garza in her bathtub after a concerned friend called 9-1-1. Police said she'd been beaten and stranged.

On Thursday, police announed they'd found Julia Garza's car near Fort Davis, six hours west of San Antonio.

Police hope finding the car will help them find Julia Garza's husband, who has not been seen since Monday.

Police aren't sure who drove the car to West Texas.

Garza's husband has not been named a suspect. Police tell us they just want to talk to him. No warrants have been issued in the case.

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Quote from: "[url[/url]"]Murdered Woman's Husband Held as Suspect in Crime Spree
LAST UPDATE: 7/16/2006 9:39:13 PM
Posted By: Vickie Jean Summers
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A San Antonio man wanted for questioning in his wife's suspicious death is now in jail in West Texas.

Police are holding David Garza for an alleged crime spree, including a car crash in Jefferson Davis County, a stabbing in Marfa, and a 75-mile car chase through several counties which ended in Odessa.

Two San Antonio homicide detectives traveled to Odessa on Thursday to talk to David Garza. They want to find out more about why he left San Antonio after his wife's death. San Antonio police have been trying to track down Garza since his wife Julia Garza was found dead in their bathtub earlier this week.

Neighbors told News 4 WOAI Garza is a nice man. But at least 12 police agencies in West Ttexas say he's responsible for a series of crimes since his wife's body was discovered.

Police say Garza first crashed his own car along a remote highway in Jefferson County and ran off.

"The vehicle was off a cliff and down in, not a ravine, but side of a slope of a highway," said Chief Kelly Bryan of the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department.

Later Texas Rangers spotted Garza driving a stolen Chevy Blazer. Officers believe Garza used a knife to stab a man 20 times after Garza hitched a ride with him. He then led officers on a chase that ended near Odessa.

"You would think that if a person didn't have anything to hide, he would have been more than willing to cooperate with police. Not run away from them at least," said Elvis Velez, a neighbor of David and Julia Garza.

San Antonio police plan on searching both vehicles to see if there's any evidence connected to Julia Garza's death.  They are waiting for the medical examiner to determine her official cause of death.

David Garza will remain in Encito County Jail as detectives continue their investigation.


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Don't Pick Up that Hitch Hiker!
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2006, 07:58:56 PM »
Never have, never will.


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Re: Don't Pick Up that Hitch Hiker!
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2006, 10:14:56 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Ever seen the movie "The Hitcher" with Rugter Hauer. If you've seen the movie, then you will know what I'm talking about.

Yeppers....a real creepy film; that guy just wouldn't stay gone.
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Wendell (Garret Dillahunt): It's a mess, ain't it, sheriff?
Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones): If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2006, 12:58:33 AM »
MARFA – Billy Massie, director of the Marfa Federal Landbank (FLB), was stabbed yesterday afternoon, July 13, approximately 20 times at Beer Can Alley, near the Marfa Golf Course, by a hitchhiker wanted for murder in San Antonio. The assailant is David Garza who allegedly murdered his girlfriend in San Antonio and then fled the area.

Apparently, Massie picked Garza up at the Hwy 118 “Y” in Fort Davis and brought him into Marfa where Garza said that he had relatives. He directed Massie out to the Marfa golf course road and Beer Can Alley leading back to Hwy 90.

Garza is reported to have then started stabbing Massie in the neck, arms and chest, Massie managed to jump from his truck and ran to a fence. Garza got out of the truck and followed him, stabbing him several times in the back, then drove off in the truck. Massie managed to walk approximately one mile to the Fowlkes stock pens where he collapsed and was later found by Roy Miller.

According to law enforcement officials, Massie was in bad shape and nearly bled to death. As of 8 a.m. Friday morning Massie was in the recovery room after surgery at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center. He has now been transferred to a hospital in El Paso to finish his recovery and is reported to be in stable condition, according to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office. Massie, who works in Marfa but lives in Alpine, is married and is about 30 years old.

An all points bulletin went out on the wires for the FLB pickup, a silver Trailblazer with Texas tags. Corporal Emmitt Moore, DPS Pecos office, spotted Garza in Barstow where a car chase then began. Law enforcement laid spikes across the highway but Garza drove around them. The same thing happened again near Monahans. Close to Odessa they laid the spikes across the interstate and managed to get the tires on the right side of the truck. It is rumored that Texas Rangers may have fired multiple shots.

Garza was then arrested and is now in the Odessa jail facing possible charges in Presidio and Reeves County for fleeing, as well as deadly force charges and murder in San Antonio



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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2006, 01:29:56 AM »

Alpine man knifed in Marfa by San Antonio homicide suspect


MARFA – Alpine resident Billy Massie’s condition was reported Tuesday as “very good” following his violent encounter with a hitchhiker last Thursday, July 13, in Marfa. Massie was stabbed multiple times with a knife by the man, who then stole his vehicle. According to Massie’s wife Shannon, he is expected to be released from Thomason General Hospital in El Paso this week.

The suspect in the knife attack is a 30-year-old man named David Garza, who had traveled to the area from San Antonio, where he was being sought in connection with the violent death of his wife, Julie Garza. After being picked up Thursday evening following a high-speed chase terminating near Odessa, David Garza is currently being held without bond in Ector County on a drug-related parole violation. He is awaiting imminent charges in the Marfa incident. 83rd State Judicial District Attorney Frank Brown plans to charge Garza this week with aggravated robbery, which carries a possible sentence of 5 to 99 years, or life imprisonment, and up to a $10,000 fine.

According to the San Antonio Police Department homicide division there are so far no plans to charge Garza in the death of his wife, though that investigation is ongoing.

According to Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez, deputies Raul Macias and Blaine Buchanan received a 911 call Thursday at 5:41 p.m. “in reference to a stabbing. My deputies responded at the Fowlkes Cattle Company and immediately administered first aid and called EMS.” The incident occurred off of Golf Course Road in Marfa, near the Antelope Hills turnoff. The left fork of the dirt road goes to Antelope Hills, and the right is known as Beer Can Alley Road, which is where Massie’s altercation with his attacker took place.

Dominguez said that Massie originally picked up the hitchhiker “25 miles from Fort Davis north on 118,” which would place them between the McDonald Observatory and 118’s intersection with FM 166. The hitchhiker told Massie he was a ranch worker whose car had broken down. Massie drove the man to Marfa, where the hitchhiker said he had family. “Massie said the guy was named ‘David,’” said Dominguez. “He [David] led him to the area, started stabbing him. They struggled for a while and Massie managed to escape. That’s when the guy got the vehicle and took off.”

When asked how Massie and Garza ended up in the very out-of-the-way location, Dominguez replied: “He [the suspect] was not familiar with Marfa. He lied.”

Massie was discovered on foot near the Fowlkes office by two passers-by in a car, who called 911. He was bloodied and had sustained over twenty stab wounds. Investigators estimate the knife was a substantial one, though the weapon has not been recovered. Marfa EMS administered emergency treatment as Massie was driven to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine. He was then moved to the El Paso hospital.

The larger story of David Garza’s alleged activities began in San Antonio earlier last week when his wife Julie Garza was discovered strangled and beaten to death in the bathtub of the trailer where the couple was staying. There was no warrant out for Garza last week, but as of Monday, July 10, he was being sought by San Antonio police for questioning. According to a Detective Angel at SAPD, the lead investigator in the death of Julie Garza, David Garza was not considered a fugitive and there was no manhunt, per se, initiated for him. As the next of kin, a search was underway through family and friends. Angel noted that law enforcement out here would not necessarily have known Garza was at-large.

Sometime on either Sunday or Monday Garza took a vehicle belonging to one of his parents and drove to the Davis Mountains. For unknown reasons, the car was driven down an embankment off of a rugged stretch of Highway 118, near the intersection with FM 166, between Fort Davis and Kent, in an area known as Nunn Hill. This is roughly where Massie is said to have picked the man up on Thursday afternoon.

The wrecked vehicle was first seen Monday by ranch workers but Jeff Davis county Sheriff’s deputy Trent Davis said the vehicle was not reported to authorities until late Wednesday morning in a 911 call to the Marfa dispatch, which handles calls for both counties. According to Presidio County Sheriff’s spokesman Angel Pantoja, “There was no call to Marfa dispatch on either 911 or the land line on Monday,” concerning the vehicle in Jeff Davis county.

“Supposedly it happened Sunday, someone saw it on Monday, and it was called in on Wednesday,” explained Texas Ranger Captain Barry Caver from Midland.

The Jeff Davis county EMS and Fire Department, along with law enforcement from the McDonald Observatory, were the first to respond to the 911 call, believing there was a fresh accident on the highway. The vehicle was empty however, and the plates were determined to be those of a vehicle reported stolen in San Antonio. It was quickly deduced that David Garza may be in the area. While the news that a potentially dangerous individual may be wandering about was shared among law enforcement agencies on Wednesday, no public announcement of the possibility was made by either the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s office or the Texas Rangers.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said he got a call after the stabbing in Marfa on Thursday. “I got a call to look out, and notified ranchers along the route. We thought it was a ranch-hand who got stabbed in a fight.” Dodson sent officers to guard the Paisano Baptist Encampment where a number of children were attending camp. Oddly enough, Dodson also said he had received a phone call earlier in the week from an Alpine resident who is a relative of Julie Garza, telling him to keep an eye out for the slain woman’s husband. It’s unclear if she had reason to believe he was headed this way, and the woman was unreachable by press time.

David Garza’s activities between the time that he crashed his car and when he was picked up by Massie, a period of potentially three or four days, are a mystery. There is so far no evidence that he had any contact with people in the area prior to Massie.

Border Patrol Public Information Officer Bill Brooks said that agents played a “backup roll to the sheriff at their request.” On Friday “our guys were able to follow some tracks into the brush and then they [the tracks] came back to the road,” said Brooks. “It’s hard to follow tracks on pavement.” According to Caver, Texas Ranger David Duncan, one of the investigators in the case, and Jeff Davis County Judge George Grubb, Jr., “went back out there and found where he’d been camping out,” on Sunday. They located a stash of his belongings in the brush. All of this activity took place after Massie had been attacked in Marfa.

Following the alleged stabbing late Thursday afternoon, Garza fled Marfa in Massie’s 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. By around 8 p.m. he had reached Pecos along Highway 17, where he was spotted by a Highway Patrol officer and pulled over. Garza refused to leave his car and when the officer approached the vehicle Garza sped off onto IH-20. An eastbound high-speed chase followed, winding on and off the interstate, some of which was caught on camera by KWES-TV in Odessa. Garza managed to avoid several spiked strips laid out by DPS officers but was finally stopped 70 miles down the road just west of Odessa where Sergeant Jess Malone of the Texas Rangers had fired at the tires and engine block of the vehicle, disabling it once and for all.

Brown plans to charge Garza this week and expects to have the case ready for the next grand jury scheduled to convene in August. The case will be handled at the Presidio County courthouse in Marfa, and after charges are filed it’s expected Garza will be transferred here. Brown says the aggravated robbery charge is a more serious one than attempted murder and is a first degree state felony. It is a weapons-based charge rather than one invoking serious bodily injury. The SAPD homicide detectives have questioned Garza twice in Odessa, on both Friday and Sunday, but have so far not levied any charges in Bexar County.

Massie, who is recovering in an El Paso hospital, was not available for comment, though on Tuesday he was interviewed by both Duncan and Macias. Macias is the lead investigator in the case and says he can only say that “everything is still under investigation.” Massie works for the Southwest Texas ACA land bank branch in Marfa. “Obviously we’re pretty shocked at the whole thing that happened,” said CEO Rick Rothe. “But Billy’s doing very well...I talked to him a little bit ago, and he plans to return to work.”



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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006, 12:46:50 AM »

Suspect charged in knife attack

MARFA – David Edwardo Garza, 29, of Brownsville, was arraigned on charges of aggravated robbery at the Presidio County Courthouse last Thursday July 20. Garza is the hitchhiker accused of stabbing Alpine resident Billy Massie two week’s ago in Marfa, and then stealing his car. He was eventually apprehended near Odessa.

Garza is being held in the Presidio County jail without bond, as determined by Justice of the Peace Cindy Guevara. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony with a potential sentence of 5-99 years, or life in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine. Garza is awaiting a grand jury hearing, which would likely take place in August, according to 83rd State District Attorney Frank Brown.

So far no charges have been filed against Garza in connection with his wife’s violent death in San Antonio a few days prior to his encounter with Massie. If charges were to be filed in Bexar County, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Angel Pantoja, Massie would remain in Marfa until his case here had been settled and then sent to San Antonio. The San Antonio investigation is ongoing.

Pantoja said there were no new developments in the case against Garza in Marfa. The knife used to stab Massie over twenty times has not been found, though efforts have been made to locate it.

Massie is out of the hospital and back at home with his wife.



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