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Maloney murder suspect remains in jail on $1 million bond

Luis Garza-Gonzalez
Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 20:41:03-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — 33-year-old Luis Garza-Gonzalez was arrested in Corpus Christi earlier today in connection with the murder investigation of an Aransas County woman found dead in a toolbox last Tuesday.

Garza-Gonzalez is believed to be connected to that murder.

A search warrant was issued around 10 a.m. today.

Inside this home U.S. Marshals and Aransas Pass Police found the suspect and took him into custody.

Aransas Pass police say both physical evidence and witness accounts led to the arrest of Garza-Gonzalez.

"This is just one of the many addresses that he uses," said Al Lujan of the U.S. Marshal’s Office. "And our investigation revealed that he would be located here at this time."

A warrant was issued for homicide -- before the raid at the home in Corpus Christi.

"As far as I know,there was no resistance,” said Lujan. “The marshal’s service knocked unannounced, we made entry into the residence and we were able to take him into custody without any issue."

Police believe Garza-Gonzalez was directly involved in the death of 29-year-old Rebecca Anne Maloney.

Maloney, a mother of three, was found in a toolbox on Jan. 21. Several days later, police released details that indicate she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Garza-Gonzalez is a confirmed Texas Syndicate gang member according to Aransas Pass police. At this time police say the incident does not appear to be gang related.

A neighbor we spoke with says police activity near that home is nothing new.

“People in and out, police men coming in and out, so it doesn't surprise me at all.” he said.

Garza-Gonzalez is being transported to San Patricio County Jail, where police say he will be held on a $1 million bond.

A woman was at the home at the time of the arrest.

According to U.S. Marshals, she was questioned and released.

The investigation into Maloney's death remains active and ongoing. Aransas Pass PD says this arrest will likely lead to more.