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Third arrest made in Aransas Pass murder case

Posted at 10:51 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 00:11:23-05

ARANSAS PASS, Texas — The Aransas Pass Police Department continues to get information from suspects and witnesses in the murder case of Rebecca Maloney. That's how these two new murder charges came about.

They're the latest in a string of arrests -- Luis Perez was apprehended on the 6500 block of Samba Drive in Corpus Christi and taken to the Aransas Pass Police Department on Friday.

"I believe that he was actually found sleeping at his mother's house," said Aransas Pass PD assist. chief David Wood.

Perez is the third person arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of 29-year-old Rebecca Maloney, who was found on the side of a road in a toolbox last month. Police later determined she died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The Maloney family reached out to KRIS 6 News on Friday morning. Rachel Maloney said she is "heartbroken, in shock, and still in denial that this has happened," calling her twin sister, "Becca," her other half.

"We trust that (the APPD) is doing all they can to find the answers we seek," she said, "but know there will never be a reason or motive to justify this. No explanation comprehensive enough to understand this."

Jaime Garcia, who was previously considered a person of interest, now faces murder charges. Garcia previously was arrested on a drug charge and a weapon charge at the Rahi Motel and Cottages on Jan. 24.

Police believe Maloney was murdered at that motel, and said they have found evidence there indicating Maloney's body was there before being put in the toolbox in which it was found.

Both Perez and Garcia are suspected to have been there with 33-year-old Luis Garza-Gonzalez, who was arrested during a raid in Corpus Christi on Jan. 29.

Garza-Gonzales and Garcia are both being held on $1 million bonds. Wood said they also will request a high bail for Perez.

The Aransas Pass Police Department said it believes even more arrests could be coming, but Rachel Maloney believes in the investigation's direction.

"We feel confident that the detectives and officers of the Aransas Pass Police Department, along with the help of the US Marshals Service, will apprehend all individuals involved in Becca's murder," Rachel Maloney said.