Brownsville man arrested for duct taping friend

Juan Carlos Garcia

A Brownsville man is behind bars after tying up a lifelong friend up with duct tape.

Brownsville police arrested 37-year-old Juan Carlos Garcia on multiple charges on Thursday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Garcia is accused of unlawful restraint and cocaine possession.

The cases started at the 77 Flea Market late Sunday morning.

Police said a man approached an off-duty officer and told him he had been held against his will by Garcia.

The man told investigators that Garcia had tied him up with duct tape at a home off Soto Drive, located a few blocks away from the flea market.

A motive is not clear but the two had been drinking heavily and a mutual friend freed him when Garcia passed out.

Brownsville police and the U.S. Marshals located Garcia off Central Boulevard and Media Luna Road on Thursday.

Garcia appeared before a Brownsville municipal judge on Friday where he was issued $20,000 dollars in bonds.

Investigators said Garcia and the victim were lifelong friends who grew up together and called each other cousins.