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Grand jury indicts suspect in child indecency case
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BEEVILLE – A Beeville man was indicted late last month on four counts of indecency with a child, all stemming from a incident that allegedly took place on Sept. 15.

According to a report submitted by a Beeville Police Department detective, 29-year-old Gabriel Garcia exposed himself and encouraged a girl under the age of 17 also to expose herself on that date.

Each count of the indictment is a third degree felony. If convicted on any of the charges, Garcia could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.

District Judge Starr Bauer set a $25,000 bond for Garcia on each of the four charges, totaling $100,000.

Grand jurors also returned a second degree felony indictment on Troy Christopher Hernandez.

Hernandez was charged with arson. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.

According to the indictment, police believe Hernandez set fire to a rag inside a vehicle during an incident on Jan. 2, 2004.

Police Chief Joe Treviño said Hernandez is suspected of having jumped the fence at the city yard on South Jackson Street the morning of the incident and setting fire to a BMW sedan that had been confiscated by the Beeville Police Department.

The fire spread to other vehicles parked in that same location. Treviño said one of the other vehicles was destroyed.

His bond was set at $10,000 by District Judge Joel Johnson.

Detective Sgt. Art Gamez, who is in charge of the case now, said Hernandez has been “on the run” since the incident.

Gamez said he understood that District Attorney José Aliseda wanted to have the suspect indicted before a statute of limitations expired.

Treviño said the BPD has heard rumors of Hernandez’s whereabouts but has been unable to locate him.

“I would encourage him to turn himself in,” Treviño said. The chief said if Hernandez is stopped by law officers for anything, even a traffic ticket, he could find himself being arrested at gunpoint.

Gamez said an arrest warrant was issued for Hernandez on Feb. 4, 2008.

The chief said if anyone should see Hernandez and contact Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers concerning his whereabouts, the caller could receive a cash reward if the tip results in an arrest.

Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers can be reached at 362-3221 or by long distance at (877) 362-0206. The long-distance number is toll free.

Internet users may contact CBCS at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.

All witnesses who send tips to Crime Stoppers are guaranteed that their identities will remain anonymous.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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