Authorities arrest man, 29, accused of sexually assaulting, harboring runaway teen
Authorities on Monday arrested a 29-year-old Raymondville man accused of sexually assaulting and harboring a runaway teen.
Texas Rangers issued an arrest warrant for David Lee Garcia, 29, of Raymondville earlier this month after a 15-year-old runaway said she had been staying with Garcia and had sex with him on two occasions, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CBS 4 News.
A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper found the runaway teen after a vehicle pursuit for illegal window tint in the Alamo area on Feb. 6. According to the DPS trooper, early on in the pursuit, the suspect vehicle stopped and a female juvenile was observed exiting.
The trooper continued to chase the suspect vehicle--a Cadillac CTS-- which drove through private property and struck three fences in the process. Troopers called off the pursuit after they lost visual of the Cadillac and returned to the area where the female juvenile was spotted.
According to the criminal complaint:
She identified the driver as David Lee Garcia. She also showed us where he lives which is where she's been staying. The female is an active runaway from Weslaco PD and Garcia is aware of her status and age.
During a child forensic interview, the teen admitted she had sex with Garcia at a motel in McAllen and at a house in Donna, according to the criminal complaint.
Garcia has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony; harboring a runaway child, a Class A misdemeanor; evading arrest with vehicle with previous conviction, a third-degree felony; and duty on striking fixture, a Class B misdemeanor.
A justice of the peace set bond at $530,000.
Garcia was booked into the Hidalgo County jail on Monday.
Court records don't list an attorney for Garcia, who remains in custody and couldn't be reached for comment.